The subject of this sketch, D.A. Lamoureaux, is a dealer in lumber, window sash, blinds, doors, etc. The building he occupies as an office is located on Main and Washington streets, and is one of the most historical in the city of Clyde, having been the first frame school house erected in that town.
Mr. Lamoureaux was born in the province of Quebec, Canada, grew to manhood in that Dominion, but early in his career removed to California, where he occupied a position of book-keeper for a large contracting firm for four years. In 1877 he concluded to engage in a new field of labor and was attracted to the resources of the new western field in Kansas, and accepted a position as assistant cashier of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Clay Center. Three years later he assumed the management of the Chicago Lumber company's yards during the "boom days" of Clyde and continued in their employ fourteen years. In 1804 he established his present business and has been very successful. If a patron is unfamiliar with the requirements of building material and does not know a lath from a 6x4, Mr. Lamoureaux can be trusted to fill the order with such accuracy that satisfaction is guaranteed. Mr. Lamoureaux has done much to build up the city of Clyde, not only with boards and shingles, but with energy and enterprise. In 1883 he erected the two story brick building now occupied by Doctor Angevine's drug store and a year later a comfortable residence.
Mr. Lamoureaux youthful days were spent on a farm and the walls of his father's country home resounded to the patter of one dozen pairs of juvenile feet - six boys and six girls; conclusive evidence that gloom and dull care were strangers in that household. Seven children survive the parents who have been deceased for three decades - one brother is a resident of Clay Center, Kansas.
Mr. Lamoureaux was married in 1885 to Miss Cecillia Bishop, of Maryland a gifted and cultured woman. Mrs. Lamoureaux is of English origin on the paternal side. Her grandfather was a Revolutionary soldier. Her parents were residents of Clyde for several years. Mr. Bishop was a "dyed-in-the-wool" Democrat and twenty or more years ago he with Judge Borton were, practically speaking, the only adherents of that political faith in Clyde, consequently when their party came into power they strutted to the front and crowed vociferously, "the victory is ours." Mrs. Bishop's maiden name was Ramsay; she was of Scotch-Irish origin; she died in 1896. The surviving husband and father lives in the home of a daughter in St. Louis, Missouri. He is seventy-eight years of age.
Mrs. Lamoureaux was an educator before her marriage and occupied prominent positions. She was principal of the schools at Ellicott, Maryland, for three years, and of the only exclusive girl's school at Annapolis, Maryland, for eight years. She was reared on the beautiful shores of eastern Maryland, where she could here the roar and surge of the mighty ocean whose music is never forgotten.
"Take the bright shell from its home on the lea, and wherever it goes it will sing of the sea." Mrs. Lamoureaux graduated from the Maryland State Normal School at the age of eighteen years. The strength and growth of her intellectual faculties are budding in the mind of a beautiful daughter, aptly named Josephine, who is developing literary talents tending toward historical and deeper works of prose; many of her compositions denote a promising future. She has been a student for more than four years in the Sacred Heart Convent of St. Joseph, Missouri, where she is taking a general course.
The Lamoureaux family are members of the Catholic church. Mrs. Lamoureaux was reared in the faith of the Presbyterian church, but feeling a change in her heart and convictions, she read Cardinal Gibbons' "Faith of Our Fathers," and after careful thought and earnest prayers for guidance, she was converted to the Catholic religion and baptized in 1877 by Father Curtis, who renounced the Episcopal creed to become a Catholic and is now one of the bishops of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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