The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Indiana, Saturday, 29 Jul 1911, Page 12:
Former Publisher Summoned by Death (Photo)
Charles Antoine Alexandre Chomel, editor of the former Catholic Record, and previously publisher of other Indiana newspapers, died at 8 o'clock last night at his home, 2019 North New Jersey street.
ALEXANDRE CHOMEL IS DEAD
PUBLISHED CATHOLIC RECORD
Former Editor of Several Indiana Newspapers Came to America in 1849, Seeking a Fortune.
Charles Antoine Alexandre Chomel, 85 years old, editor of the former Catholic Record for nearly ten years and before that time publisher of several Indiana papers, died at his home, 2019 North New Jersey street, at 8 o'clock last night. Mr. Chomel had been ill about three months. His death was due to general breakdown.
Mr. Chomel was born June 10, 1826, in the parish of Denuille, Department of (Allier?), France. His parents belonged to what was known under the ancient regime as the provincial nobility. His mother and father died while he was a boy. Mr. Chomel received a classical education.
During the French revolution his father left France with other members of the nobility under Prince De Conde. While he was away from France his property was confiscated by revolutionists and was never returned to him. On his return to France he was made a member of the military household of King Louis XVIII. Mr. Chomel's grandfather had belonged to the unfortunate household of Louis XVI.
When France was thrown into turmoil by the expulsion of King Louise Philippe and the second republic was established in 1848, Mr. Chomel endeavored to obtain a land grant in Algeria, a French colony in North Africa. He sought assistance from M. Touret, a relative, who had been made secretary of the interior, and who advised him to remain in France. Shortly afterward, while reading a newspaper containing the account of the death of Chateaubriand, he noticed an advertisement describing farm land in Tennessee and which told also of the manufacture of soap from the ashes of certain trees. The following day he invested in the lands and two weeks later obtained passage to the United States in an old hulk called La Gironde.
BEGINS EDITORIAL WORK.
After a trip of fifty-nine days, he landed in New Orleans, La., Feb. 9, 1849. He went to Perry county, Tennessee, where all his dreams of wonderful farm lands were blasted. Mr. Chomel went to Louisville, Ky., in January, 1850, and after a few days removed to New Albany, Ind.
Mr. Chomel and Sabina Carrico of Kentucky were married in 1850. Mrs. Chomel's parents had gone from Maryland to Kentucky, and it is thought that they came from England with Lord Baltimore.
Mr. and Mrs. Chomel removed to Harrison County, where Mr. Chomel met a famous Catholic priest, Mgr. Bessonies. The two were lifelong friends. Mr. Chomel lived later in Martin County, Indiana, where he published the Martin County Herald, being assisted in the publication of the paper by the members of his family. Mr. Chomel was well known and was recognized as a man of unusual intellectual attainments and exemplary life.
He came to Indianapolis in 1893 at the request of the Rt. Rev. Francis Silas Chatard, bishop of the diocese and a close personal friend, who had requested him to accept the editorship of the Catholic Record. Mr. Chomel published that paper until about ten years ago, when he retired. The paper was combined with the Columbia Record, published at Columbus, O.
Mr. Chomel was the third of four children, all of whom have died. He is survived by five children--Mrs. Felix Cissell, Mrs. Katherine McGrayel, David A. Chomel, Anselm Chomel and Miss Marie C. Chomel, all of Indianapolis. Mr. Chomel was a member of St. John's Catholic Church.
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