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JOHN ROSS LELACHEUR

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JOHN ROSS LELACHEUR

Posted: 14 May 2008 10:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: LeLaCheur
Can anyone adrd to this family? I'd love to hear from anyone researching this family, Thanks, Barbara

John Ross LeLacheur, who resides in section 29, township 26,
range 32, Cherry county, Nebraska, has a valuable estate which he
has gained by industry and good management. He was born in
Delaware county, Iowa, in 1876, on a farm.

Elisha LeLacheur, the father of our subject, was a native of
Prince Edward Island, born in 1831, and came of French
parentage. He grew up in that country and came to America with
his parents when he was a lad of eleven, the family settling in
Iowa, and he attended the country schools in Delaware county, and
was married there in 1863 to Mary J. Bliss, of English and Yankee
stock, the mother now residing in Mullen. John Ross LeLacheur
was one of four children in his father's family, named as
follows; Phoebe E., Frank W., John R. and Wm. H., and he was the
third member in order of birth. In 1882 our subject moved to
Nebraska, driving from Iowa with a team and covered wagon,
bringing with them a yoke of oxen and three horses, also three
colts. The trip was a hard and tedious one, they being obliged to
camp out at night, but they came through with no serious
drawbacks, and after arriving in Nebraska settled in Nance
county, where they lived for four years, then came to Cherry
county and settled on a ranch situated eleven miles northwest of
Mullen. There their first dwelling was a tent, in which they
lived during the first summer. Storms and hail literally tore the
tent to pieces in a few months, and they were obliged to build a
sod house before the rough weather came on in the fall, and also
built a hen house of sod, barns and sheds for their stock. They
had hard times at first, but gradually kept improving the place
and tried to farm, but lost several crops during the dry years,
and had bad luck. On October 23, 1894, the father died as a
result of an accident. He was helping fight a prairie fire and
was so badly burned that he only survived his wounds eighteen
hours. On January 1, 1901, the old ranch homestead building
caught fire and burned to the ground. One son, William, and his
family occupied the dwelling at the time, and his wife was
awakened at four o'clock in the morning by the smell of smoke,
found the house on fire and they barely escaped from the burning
building with their lives. As it was, William's hair was badly
singed and his night clothes were nearly burned off his body. His
wife and their child were almost caught in the fire, but managed
to escape without serious harm. This put an end to occupying the
old ranch house, but the place is still used as a summer pasture
for stock.

In 1899 our subject went on a ranch of his own, which was
situated in section 29, township 26, range 32. He had been
married in December of the year previous, to Maggie Stevenson,
daughter of Frank Stevenson, an old settler in western
Nebraska. Mrs. LeLacheur's mother was prior to her marriage, Miss
Adelaide Allen, born in Pine Grove, Warren county,
Pennsylvania. The young couple at once started out to build up a
good home together, and worked hard and faithfully to accomplish
that end, and have succeeded in a marked degree. Mr. LeLacheur
is now the owner of a fine ranch of 640 acres, all of which is
fenced and improved with good buildings, and he is extensively
engaged in the stock raising business, also farming quite a
portion of the place. He has two children, Clyde and Ross.

One brother, William, also owns a good ranch of 640 acres,
which he established in 1900, and is located in sections 26 and
27, township 25, range 32, this being the property of his wife,
who acquired it through homestead rights. She was Miss Anna
Gibson, daughter
page 180

of Alexander Gibson, an old settler in McPherson county,
Nebraska, and her mother's maiden name was Ellen Morrison. Two
boys have been born to William Horton LeLacheur and his good
wife, namely; Ralph and Earl.

The LeLacheur family was among the first to settle in this
part of Cherry county, coming here when there were but two houses
in the entire neighborhood in which they located. Each has done
his full share in the upbuilding of the region, and take leading
parts in the community. During the early days the subject of
this review and his brother Frank, captured two deer and tamed
them so that they became household pets, but during the severe
hail storms that swept the country and destroyed the tent in
which they lived, these animals were killed, and the entire
family were as much grieved by their loss as they were at the
serious property loss which they suffered.


Compendium of History Reminiscence & Biography of Western Nebraska
Chicago: Alden Publishing Company, 1909
http://www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/cofhar/index.htm...


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