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Ferdinand Chaintron
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Birth: Mar. 23, 1844, France
Death: Jan. 5, 1877
Milwaukee County
Wisconsin, USA

Parents: Alphonse and Louise (Lucas) Chaintron

History of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1881, pg. 1277-1278
Transcribed and contributed by: Maxine


A. (Alphonse). Chaintron & Son, French dyers and scourers, No. 557 East Water street. Business established in March, 1854. Mr. Chaintron first commenced business with a small capital of about $1,000, doing his own work. In the Spring of 1870 he sold his business to his son Ferdinand, who ran it six years until his death, January 3, 1877, which was caused by the explosion of benzine. He and his wife were burned to death. The younger brother, Gustav, narrowly escaped being burned to death at the same time. This is the oldest establishment of the kind in the city. Mr. A. Chaintron learned the business in Paris, commencing at the age of 15 and, having followed it all his life, is an expert. Alphonse was born in France November 15, 1820, and came to Milwaukee in June, 1854. His father, John, and his grandfather were both dyers before him. He was married June 26, 1843, to Miss Louise Lucas, of France. They have one son living.

What follows is a journalist's conversation with the director of Forest Home Cemetery:

"On a recent morning, Paul Haubrich was poking through a wooden drawer on the wall of Forest Home's walk-in safe.

Haubrich, a retired University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor, has been a member of the Forest Home Cemetery Committee since 1993 and its chairman since 1996.

The drawer contained dozens of keys. Small keys. Big ones. Ornate. Plain. They were mausoleum keys, with august names attached. Blatz. Allis. Alstead.

There's a sad story behind this one, Haubrich said, pulling a steel key 5 inches long from the drawer. A ring fastened the key to a metal tag engraved "Chaintron."

The father in this family started what today would be called a dry-cleaning business, Haubrich said. He passed the business along to his son and daughter-in-law. One day, the chemicals in the building blew up, and both were killed. So the father built them a mausoleum.

Haubrich is 64 years old. He has silver hair and was wearing a green and navy striped tie. He and his wife plan to be buried at Forest Home.

Haubrich laid the Chaintron key in with the others and closed the drawer"

Family links: 
  Alphonse Chaintron (1820 - 1901)
  Louise Lucas Chaintron (1823 - 1902)
  Clotilda Elizabeth Duvigneaud Chaintron (1849 - 1877)*
  Ferdinand Chaintron (1844 - 1877)
  Gustav Chaintron (1860 - 1890)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Corrections and additions welcome.
Forest Home Cemetery
Milwaukee County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: Chaintron Mausoleum Section 2
Created by: anne
Record added: Jan 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63682563
Ferdinand Chaintron
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Ferdinand Chaintron
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- anne
 Added: Jul. 5, 2012

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