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John William DeChambeau
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Birth: Oct. 6, 1876, Canada
Death: Aug. 18, 1918
Bodie
Mono County
California, USA

Son of Louis Winslow DeChambeau and Marion Alena Barrie; husband of Sarah Elizabeth King, she remarried to Mr. McAlee.

Children of John and Sarah

1. J. Emmit

2. Lawson R.
Born about 1904 CA

3. Verna E.
Born 25 Sep 1907 CA, died 2 Mar 1991 Mono

4. Maurice
Born 13 Apr 1909 CA, died 15 Aug 1992 Morro Bay, SLO, CA

5. Cecil J.
Born 28 Oct 1911 CA, died 22 Dec 1990 Mono

(The above was posted by Lonnie DeCloedt.)

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The following research is from Sue Silver:

Bridgeport Chronicle-Union, 8/24/1918 (Saturday):

John W. Dechambeau.

Many Mono friends of John W. Dechambeau and of his family heard with deep regret that there was no hope of his recovery from an affliction which had come upon him. As a result it was no surprise when he passed away last Sunday evening, at his home in Bridgeport.

John W. Dechambeau was born in Canada, October 6, 1876. When 15 years old he left Canada and came to Mono County. He spent several years packing and mining at Lundy, after which he ranched a year or so at Mono Lake. He was married at Mono Lake, December 9, 1898, to Sadie E. King, who survives him. Of this union six children were born. After his marriage Mr. Dechambeau moved to Bodie where he leased and mined for several years. He then moved to Mono Lake where he ranched for two or three years. Later he conducted a lodging house in Hawthorne, Nevada and afterwards ran a farm near Bishop for a year or two. About six years ago he and family moved to Green Creek where he was employed as operator at the power plant until he became ill about five months ago. Prior to leaving Green Creek, last December, he was appointed supervisor of the Bridgeport District, which office he filled with credit. About the middle of last May, Mr. Dechambeau went to San Francisco for medical attention and returned home after a few weeks expecting that his health would be reached in a short time. But his condition grew worse, and he returned to San Francisco early in July accompanied by his devoted wife. After an operation it was ascertained that his condition was hopeless and as soon as he was able to make the trip he was brought to his home in Bridgeport. There he entered into a quiet sleep and passed away peacefully Sunday evening, August 18, 1918, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was a devoted husband and a kind and indulgent father; to his brothers a true brother, to his friends the soul of fellowship. But the greatest of all he was a man. And as a man it is that those who knew him best most love to contemplate him. He believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. He believed that the man who scatters flowers in the pathway of his fellow man, who lets into the dark places of life the sunshine of human sympathy and human kindness, is following in the footsteps of his Master.

John W. Dechambeau possessed a happy disposition. He was an optimist. He had no patience with the pessimist. He was happy and contented because he sought to cheer and brighten the lives of those with whom he came in contact. He leaves the heritage of a pure and upright life. He possessed character, and nothing is more important or essential. In his death this section has lost a valuable citizen. Well could he approach a mysterious change calmly, bravely, cheerfully, and with a conscience of duty faithfully performed, for he had lived an upright and honest life.

Besides a devoted wife, Mr. Dechambeau leaves a daughter, Verna; three sons, Lawson, Morris and Cecil; and two brothers, Louis W. and James N.

To the loved ones, our hearts go out in deepest sympathy. But, oh, the weakness of words. The memory of loved ones gone should be a tower of strength. What they achieved and aspired to should nerve us to meet worthily the present. What an anodyne of grief are rightfully cherished memories.

The funeral from the Miners’ Union Hall in Bodie Tuesday afternoon, August 20, 1918, was one of the most largely attended occurring there in years. Several hundred friends gathered there, while Attorney Mark H. Edwards conducted the services. More than thirty autos formed the funeral cortege to the Odd Fellows cemetery. Many beautiful floral pieces and tributes were banked about the casket.

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Daughters of the American Revolution, Vital Records from Cemeteries in California, Volume 13 (Book 18), pp. 119-121 (Bodie, CA, 9/28/1952), CSL Book Collection, qc 929.2 D2c: listed as John W. De Chambeau, 1875-1918

Daughters of the American Revolution, Vital Records from Cemeteries in California, Volume 16 (Book 21), pp. 168-171 (Bodie, CA, 1957), CSL Book Collection, qc 929.2 D2c: listed as John W. Dechambeau, 1875 - 1918

Daughters of the American Revolution, Vital Records from Cemeteries in California, Volume 18 (Book 23), pp.82-83 (Bodie Cemetery, 9/3/1966), CSL Book Collection, qc 929.2 D2c: listed as John W. Dechambeau, 1825 - 1918

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1898 Mono County Great Register of Voters: John William DeChambeau, Miner, 21 yrs, 5’ 10” tall, Light complexion, Blue eyes, Brown hair, b. Canada, Residence-Bodie West, Naturalized-4/16, Superior (Ct), Mono Co., Cal., Registered-4/18/1898

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Walker Lake Bulletin, 8/25/1905: John DeChambeau is once more a happy man and has cast away his worries and boils. His wife and boy came in from Bodie and will make Hawthorne their home.

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1910 Census, Homer, Mono County, California:

John W. DeChambeau, 34 yrs, Married once 10 yrs, b. Canada, Father b. France, Mother b. Scotland, to US 1900, Teamster/Power Line; Sadie E. DeChambeau, wife, 25 yrs, 4 children born/3 children then living, b. Canada, Father b. Canada, Mother b. Canada, to us 1898; Lawson R. DeChambeau, son, 6 yrs, Single, b. California, Father b. Canada, Mother b. Canada; Verna DeChambeau, daughter, 4 yrs, Single, b. California, Father b. Canada, Mother b. Canada; Maurice DeChambeau, son, 1 yr, Single, b. California, Father b. Canada, Mother b. Canada

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Bridgeport Chronicle-Union, 8/17/1918: Town Topics Tersely. J. W. DeChambeau returned from San Francisco, where he has been for several weeks under a physicians care. He was accompanied by his wife and a trained nurse. His condition is not encouraging and he has suffered much this week as a result of the hard trip.

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Note 1: Not on California Death Index (1905-1929).

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1920 Census, Bridgeport, Mono County, California: Sadie DeChambeau, 38 yrs, Widowed, children info unknown, b. Canada, Father b. Canada, Mother b. Canada, Boarding House keeper, Rents House; Lawson K. DeChambeau, son, 16 yrs, Single, b. California, Father b. Canada, Mother b. Canada, laborer/farm; Verna E. DeChambeau, daughter, 13 yrs, Single, b. California, Father b. Canada, Mother b. Canada; Maurice H. Dechambeau, son, 10 yrs, Single, b. California, Father b. Canada, Mother b. Canada; Cecil J. DeChambeau, son, 8 yrs, Single, b. California, Father b. Canada, Mother b. Canada; James M. Laughlin, boarder, 35 yrs, Single, b. Nevada, Father b. Missouri, Mother b. Missouri, Trapper/Furs; Charles Fulton, boarder, 38 yrs, Single, b. California, Father b. Maine, Mother b. California, Mail Contractor/U.S. Mail

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Walker Lake Bulletin, 4/28/1923:

Items of Local Interest.

Mrs. Sadie Dechambeau and Jas. McAlee of Bridgeport, were married in Reno, April 11th. The bride was formerly a resident of Hawthorne.

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1930 Census, Bridgeport, Mono County, California:

James D. McAlee, 52 yrs, Married, married at age 20 yrs, b. California, Father b. No. Ireland, Mother b. New York, no occupation; Sadie E. McAlee, wife, 47 yrs, married at age 18 yrs, b. Canada, Father b. Canada, Mother b. Canada, to US 1904, Manager/Boarding House; Maurice H. DeChambeau, step-son, 20 yrs, Single, b. California, Father b. Canada, Mother b. Canada, Laborer/Gen’l Farm; Cecil J. DeChambeau, step-son, 17 yrs, b. California, Father b. Canada, Mother b. Canada, Laborer/Odd Jobs (also two boarders)

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Reno Evening Gazette, 2/11/1977:

Lyon Wreck Kills One.

Two persons were injured, one fatally, Thursday in a Lyon County traffic accident. The Nevada Highway Patrol reported Lawson K. DeChambeau, 65, of Yerington, died at the Lyon Health Center three hours after the 12:50 p.m. accident. His wife Susannah, 68, of Yerington is hospitalized and listed in fair condition. Troopers said DeChambeau had been driving a station wagon north on Highway 95-A, nine miles north of Wabuska, when the car left the road, went down an embankment and overturned.

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Note 2: Later obituary for Lawson DeChambeau did not give a place of burial. Memorial service held at Yerington.

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California Death Index:

Maurice Harold DeChambeau, b. 4/12/1909 California, d. 8/15/1992 San Luis Obispo County, Mother-KING

Cecil James DeChambeau, b. 10/28/1911 California, d. 12/22/1990 Mono County, Mother-KING

Verna E. Jordan, b. 4/8/1906 California, d. 2/3/1989 Mono County, Mother-KING
 
 
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 Children:
  J. Emit DeChambeau (1900 - 1905)*
  Verna DeChambeau (1907 - 1991)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bodie Cemetery (Wards Section)
Bridgeport
Mono County
California, USA
 
Maintained by: Sue
Originally Created by: Lonnie DeCloedt
Record added: Oct 17, 2001
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John William DeChambeau
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John William DeChambeau
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John William DeChambeau
Added by: Lonnie DeCloedt
 
 
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