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1892 Milca L'Eplattenier came to Alton, Illinois from La Chaux de Fonds, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, to live with her uncle Elihu L'Eplattenier and his wife Emma. Milca sailed with her aunt Emma on the ship La Champagne from Le Havre and arrived in New York on 21 November. Her Uncle Elihu had returned earlier on the ship La Burgogne from La Havre and arrived in New York on September 8, 1892. [1][2]

1895 Elihu, Emma, and Milca L'Eplattenier visited Switzerland. They sailed back to the U.S. on the ship La Burgogne from Le Havre, arriving in New York on September 30, 1895, destination Alton, Illinois [3][4]. Their ship, La Burgogne, was built by Chantiers de la Mediterranee, La Seyne, France, in 1886 (7,395 gross tons; 495 (bp) feet long; 52 feet wide). It had a compound engine, single screw, service speed 17.5 knots. The ship was sunk following a collision off Newfoundland on July 4, 1898, and 549 lives were lost. [5]

1899 L'Eplattenier, Miss Milca r 614 e 2d, Alton, Illinois [6]

1901 L'Eplattenier, Miss Milca r 614 e 2d, Alton, Illinois [7]

1902 L'Eplattenier, Miss Milca r 614 e 2d, Alton, Illinois [8]

1905 L'Eplattenier, Miss Milca, r 642 e 2d, Alton, Illinois [9]

1906 L'Eplattenier, Miss Milca r 614 e 2d, Alton, Illinois [10]

1908 L'Eplattenier, Miss Milca r 642 e 2d, Alton, Illinois [11]

1908 Paul Chevalley [12], cooking clerk, arrived in New York on October 17, 1908, sailing on the ship La Savoie from Le Havre on October 10, 1908, on the same ship with Elihu, Emma, and Milca L'Eplattenier. [13][14]

1910 L'Eplattenier, Miss Milca, r 642 e 2d, Alton, Illinois [15]

1911 L'Eplattenier, Miss Milca r 642 e 2d, Alton, Illinois [16]

When he first came to Alton, Paul Chevalley was a baker and worked at the Stratford Hotel. Later, at Easter time, he baked a wonderful cake with twelve egg yokes called sunshine cake. [17]

1912 “Milca was active in the Cherry Street Baptist Church. She initially refused Paul's marriage proposal because she wanted to become a missionary, but when he said he would jump from the Lewis and Clark Bridge, she agreed that she would marry him if he went to Switzerland and obtained her mother's permission for the marriage.” Paul Chevalley visited Switzerland in the summer of 1912. On his return, he sailed from Bologne on the ship Konigen Luise and arrived in New York on September 22, 1912. Apparently he returned from Switzerland with Milca's mother's permission as Paul and Milca were married on November 20, 1912. [18][19]

1912 Paul Chevalley and Milca L'Eplattenier were married on November 20 in Alton, Illinois. The Alton newspaper reported, "Chevalley-L'Epplattenier. Last night at nine thirty at the Cherry Street Baptist church the Rev. S.D. McKenny officiating, occurred of Paul Chevalley and Miss Milca L'Epplattenier, niece of Mr. and Mrs. Elihu L'Epplattenier. The young couple were preceded down the left aisle of the church by their attendants, Mr. Leon Migot and Miss Ida Chanel, to the strains of the Lohengrin wedding march, played by Miss Harriet Bilderbeck. The ring ceremony was used and the bridal pair knelt to receive the final prayer. Leaving the church as Mendelsohn's wedding march peeled out, they proceeded to the parsonage where their many friends extended hearty good wishes and congratulations, and as a final token of their good will showered them with rice as the[y] entered the carriage. The bride was more than usually charming in a gown of white chiffon over white satin, exqui[si]tely made. The bridesmaid wore a beautiful cashmere imported from Switzerland. Mr. and Mrs. Chevalley went to their own home last night, a cottage on Spruce street." [20]

1914 Paul L Chevalley (Milca) w[or]ks L Eplattenier, r[esidence] 820 Spruce, Alton, Illinois. [21]

1916 Paul L Chevalley (Milca C) w[or]ks E L Eplattenier, r[esidence] 526 Sanford, Alton, Illinois. [22]

1917 Paul Chevalley registered for the draft on June 5 in Alton, Illinois. His WWI draft registration card lists him as Paul L. Chevalley, 2519 Sanford Ave, Alton, Illinois, age 26, born 7 Apr 1891 in Yverdon, Vaud, Switzerland, citizenship declared intention, occupation clerk employed by E. L'Eplattenier, tall, medium build, brown eyes, black hair. He has a wife and 2 children ages 3 yrs and 6 yrs solely dependent on him for support and claims exemption from draft on grounds of dependence. [23][24]

1920 In the U.S. census, Paul L. Chevalley (age 29) and Milca Z. Chevalley (age 34), both born in Switzerland, lived in Ward 6 of Alton, Madison County, Illinois at 820 Spruce Street with children Louis P. (age 5 11/12), Robert E. (age 3 0/12), and Erma M. (age 10/12), all born in Illinois. Paul was the manager of a wholesale fruit company. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1908 and was naturalized in 1910. [25]

1921 Paul Chevalley. Confectionery and Fruits. 602 E Broadway, Alton, Illinois. [26]

1923 Paul Chevalley (Malca). Groceries. 1415 Central Av, Alton, Illinois. [27][28]

1924 Paul Chevalley. Grocer and Meats. 1415 Central Av, Alton, Illinois. [29][30]

1927 Paul Chevalley, 1415 Central Avenue, Groceries, Meats & Fresh Vegetables All Year Round, phone 300-2475, Alton, Illinois. [31][32][33]

1928 Paul (Milka) Chevalley, 1415 Central Avenue, Paul Chevalley and Meinard Lang fruit and produce, Alton, Illinois. [34]

1930 Paul L (Milca) Chevalley, 824 McKinley blvd, Alton fruit and produce, Alton, Illinois. [35]

1930 Louis D Chevalley, 824 McKinley av, stu[dent] H S, Alton, Illinois. [36]

1930 In the U.S. census, Paul L. (age 39) and Milca (age 43) Chevalley lived at 824 McKinley Blvd in District 5 of Alton, Madison County, Illinois. Their house was owned and was worth $6,500. Paul was married at age 21 to Milca at age 25. They and their parents were born in Switzerland. Their language before coming to the United States was French. Their children Louis D. (age 16), Robert E. (age 13), and Irma M. (age 11), were all born in Illinois. Also living with them was Edward Chevalley (age 13), Paul's nephew. Paul was a proprietor in the wholesale produce industry. [37]

1933 Paul Chevalley lived in Alton, Illinois. [38]

1935 Paul Chevalley lived in Alton, Illinois. [39]

1938 On 31 October, Louis, Paul, Robert, Irma, and Milca Chevalley, of Alton, Illinois, arrived in New York from Havre, France on the ship Ile de France. [40]

1947 On 15 June, Paul Chevalley arrived in New York from London on American Overseas Airlines. [41]

1952 On 26 December, Paul and Milca Chevalley arrived in New York from Zuerich Switzerland on Swissair. [42]

1956 On 17 October, Paul Chevalley (age 65), of 824 McKinley St, Alton, Illinois, arrived in New York from Le Havre, France on the ship Liberte. [43]

1965 Obituary: "Paul L. Chevalley, 74, retired Alton businessman died Thursday [8 July] at 11 p.m. at Manchester, Conn., where he and his wife had been visiting a daughter, Mrs. Harry Niedernhofer, en route home from a two months visit in Europe. They arrived in the United States the middle of June. Mr. Chevalley suffered a paralytic stroke two weeks ago and had been hospitalized at Manchester Memorial Hospital. A son, Robert of Alton, flew to Connecticut after his father was stricken ill, and later returned to Alton.

A native of Switzerland, Mr. Chevalley was born April 7, 1891, at Yverdon. He came to Alton in 1908 and during his early life was associated with Elihu L'Eplattenier in the produce business. He had been in various enterprises in Alton and at one time operated a grocery store on Central Avenue. Later he became a part in the Chevalley-Dixon Distributing Co, from which he retired in 1959.

Mr. Chevalley had made several trips to Europe where a sister and brother lived. He was married in Alton in 1912 to the former Milca L'Eplattenier, who survives. They observed their golden anniversary in 1962. For many years Mr. and Mrs. Chevalley lived at 824 McKinley Boulevard. Four years ago they moved to an apartment at 218 E. Sixth St. Mr. Chevalley was a member of First Congregational Church, Alton, and belonged to the Elks Lodge.

Surviving beside his widow and son, Robert, and daughter Mrs. Niedernhofer, are a son Louis, Akron, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. Amicy Fontaine, Auxerre, France; a brother, Maurice, Switzerland, and six grandchildren. A brother, Armand, preceded him in death." [44]

Ship Notes:

The ship La Savoie was built in 1901 by Chantiers de Penhoet, St. Nazaire, France. Description: 11,168 gross tons, 580 (bp) feet long, 60 feet wide, steam triple expansion engines, twin screw, 1,055 passengers (437 first class, 118 second class, 500 third class). Built for French Line, French flag, in 1901 and named La Savoie. Le Havre-New York service. Refitted as a French Navy auxiliary cruiser in 1914. Resumed Le Harve-New York service 1919-27. Scrapped at Dunkirk in 1927.

The ship Konigen Luise was built in 1897 by A/G Vulcan Shipyard, Stettin, Germany. Description: 10,566 gross tons, 552 (bp) feet long, 60 feet wide, steam quadruple expansion engines, twin screw, service speed 14.5 knots, 2,400 passengers (225 first class, 235 second class, 1,940 third class). Built for North German Lloyd, German flag, in 1897 and named Konigen Luise. Bremerhaven-New York and Australia, also Mediterranean-New York service. Laid-up throughout World War I, 1914-18. Given as reparations to Orient Line, British flag, in 1919 and renamed Omar. UK-Australia and Mediterranean-New York service. Sold to Byron Steamship Company, British flag, in 1924 and renamed Edison. Piraeus-Mediterranean ports-New York service. Transferred to Greek registry in 1929. Scrapped in Italy in 1935.

Footnotes:

[1] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, image 48, [Ancestry_Image].

[2] images of La Champagne, [Ancestry_Image].

[3] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Ellis Island, image 919, numbers 3 to 5, [Ancestry_Image].

[4] Ellis Island Ship Manifest, [Ellis_Island].

[5] Wikipedia article about SS_La_Bourgogne, content subject to change, [Wikipedia].

[6] McCoy's Alton City Directory 1899 (Alton, Illinois), 150, [Ancestry_Image].

[7] McCoy's Alton City Directory 1901 (Alton, Illinois), 150, [Ancestry_Image].

[8] McCoy's Alton City Directory 1902 (Alton, Illinois), 157, [Ancestry_Image].

[9] McCoy's Alton City Directory 1905 (Alton, Illinois), 162, [Ancestry_Image].

[10] McCoy's Alton City Directory 1906 (Alton, Illinois), 179, [Ancestry_Image].

[11] McCoy's Alton City Directory 1908 (Alton, Illinois), 182, [Ancestry_Image].

[12] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, images 33-34, [Ancestry_Image].

[13] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, images 24-25, [Ancestry_Image].

[14] Ellis Island Ship Manifest, [Ellis_Island].

[15] McCoy's Alton City Directory 1910 (Alton, Illinois), 196, [Ancestry_Image].

[16] McCoy's Alton City Directory 1911 (Alton, Illinois), 177, [Ancestry_Image].

[17] Personal Communication, Conversation with Irma Chevalley Niedernhofer, August 2005.

[18] Personal Communication, Conversation with Irma Chevalley Niedernhofer, 2005.

[19] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, image 317, [Ancestry_Image].

[20] Newspaper, Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois, Thursday, November 21, 1912, p. 1.

[21] Leshnick's Alton City Directory 1914 (Peoria, Ilinois), 69, [Ancestry_Image].

[22] Leshnick's Alton City Directory 1916 (Peoria, Ilinois), 72, [Ancestry_Image].

[23] WWI Draft Registrations, [FamilySearch_Image].

[24] FamilySearch.org, WWI Draft Registrations, FHL film 1614326, [FamilySearch_Record].

[25] US census, 1920

[26] Leshnick's Alton City Directory 1921 (Peoria, Ilinois), 475, [Ancestry_Image].

[27] Leshnick's Alton City Directory 1923 (Peoria, Ilinois), 154, [Ancestry_Image].

[28] Leshnick's Alton City Directory 1923 (Peoria, Ilinois), 485, [Ancestry_Image].

[29] Alton Directory Company's 1924 Alton Directory, 566, [Ancestry_Image].

[30] Alton Directory Company's 1924 Alton Directory, 556, [Ancestry_Image].

[31] Huber's Alton City Directory 1927 (Alton, Illinois), 604, [Ancestry_Image].

[32] Huber's Alton City Directory 1927 (Alton, Illinois), 617, [Ancestry_Image].

[33] Huber's Alton City Directory 33 (Alton, Illinois), 4511417/1233672707, [Ancestry_Image].

[34] Huber's Alton City Directory 1928 (Alton, Illinois), 174, [Ancestry_Image].

[35] Huber's Alton City Directory 1930 (Alton, Illinois), 175, [Ancestry_Image].

[36] Huber's Alton City Directory 1930 (Alton, Illinois), 175, [Ancestry_Image].

[37] US census, 1930

[38] Huber's Alton City Directory 1933 (Alton, Illinois), 165, [Ancestry_Image].

[39] Huber's Alton City Directory 1935 (Alton, Illinois), 170, [Ancestry_Image].

[40] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, [Ancestry_Image].

[41] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, [Ancestry_Image].

[42] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, [Ancestry_Image].

[43] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, [Ancestry_Image].

[44] Newspaper, Alton, Illinois.


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