- Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena
Pierre Paul Charlebois
M, b. April 28, 1843
- Birth: Pierre Paul Charlebois was born on April 28, 1843 in Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada.
M, b. December 7, 1844, d. August 22, 1914
- Birth: Paul Charlebois was born on December 7, 1844 in Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada.
- Marriage: He and Mary Agnes Ayers were married on May 2, 1875 in Ventura, Ventura Co, California.
- Death: Paul Charlebois died on August 22, 1914, at age 69, in Ventura, Ventura Co, California.
- Note: Sheriff Paul C. Charlebois
Sheriff Paul Charlebois was the owner of a local hardware store and very prominent in Ventura County government. He served as the Mayor of San Buenaventura in 1878, and was Ventura County Treasurer in 1888.
PAUL CHARLEBOIS, one of the leading business man of San Buenaventura, was born near Montreal, Canada, December 8, 1848. His father, of the same name, was also born in Canada. His grandparents were brought when children by their parents from France, who settled as pioneers in the dense woods of the Dominion. Mr. Charlebois, one of five children--three sons and two daughters--was educated in the French language in the public schools of Canada and in the English language by himself. When twelve years of age, he went to Ogdensburg, New York, entering a store as a package boy, and remained there seven years in the employ of the house. In 1868 he took a trip so St. Louis, Missouri, and remained there a year and a half; then he was in his native place until 1870, when he came to California, settling in Napa Valley. Next he went to San Francisco, where he was a clerk for a year in a dry-goods house. In the autumn of 1871 he came to San Buenaventura and clerked for the firm of Einstein & Bernham for fourteen years. For them he had charge of their hardware and grocery department, and they had an extensive trade. In 1885 he took charge of the business of Leach & Hunt in San Buenaventura for nine months, and he then bought them out and has since remained in business, dealing in hardware, tinware, stoves and farm implements, on the corner of Main and California streets, in the business center; of course he enjoys an enviable trade. In 1886 he was elected a trustee of the city, and by the trustees elected chairman of the board, a position equivalent to that of mayor in a city. He was re-elected to the same position in 1888. In the fall of 1889 he was elected County Treasure on the Democratic ticket, being only one of the two Democrats elected that season; he ran ahead of his ticket about 300 votes. He has passed all the chairs in the I. O. O. F., and has been District Deputy for the order four years.
Religiously, he was brought up a Catholic; his wife and children are Presbyterians. The life of Mr. Charlebois strikingly illustrates the rise of a chore boy to a position of affluence and honor, and it seems that he has many years yet to live to enjoy the fruits of early industry, enterprise and good judgement.
He was united in marriage in 1874 with Miss Agnes Ayres, a daughter of Robert Ayres, who is a pioneer of Ventura County. She is a native of the State of Illinois, and was only one year old when she was brought across the plains to California in 1858, and was brought up in Petaluma, Sooma County; and she came with her parents to Ventura County in 1869. Mr. and Mrs. Charlebois have an interesting family of girls, all natives of San Buenaventura, namely: Blanche, Celima, Emma and Florence.
Source:A MEMORIAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF THE COUNTIES OF SANTA BARBARA, SAN LUIS OBISPO and VENTURA, CALIFORNIA, by Mrs. Yda Addis Storke, 1891
Note: The birth date shown in this biography is incorrect.
One of the most conspicuous figures in the past history of Ventura county was the late Paul Charlebois, who passed from the scene of this life's activities August 24, 1914. He was for many years actively and closely identified with the business interests of this locality and was widely recognized as one on the representative men of his county. Well known as a citizen whose useful career conferred credit upon the community and whose marked abilities and sterling qualities won for him much more than local repute, he held distinctive precedence as one of the most progressive and enterprising men in his locality. He was essentially a man of affairs, and because of his splendid record as a citizen in public and private life he commanded the universal esteem of all who knew him, his death being considered a distinct loss to the community.
Mr. Charlebois was born in Montreal, Canada, on the 8th of December, 1855, and was a son of Paul Charlebois and Emily (Legault) Charlebois. He was of French descent, his paternal grandfather, Joseph Charlebois, having been born in France, whence he was brought to America in his childhood. The family located on the frontier of Canada, far from the more settled and advanced localities, where the father devoted his life to farming pursuits, never leaving that locality and dying there at the age of seventy two years. His wife was a native of Canada, of French-Canadian stock. The subject of this memoir attended the schools of his home neighborhood, but at a tender age he lost his father by death and was compelled by necessity to start out in the world on his own account. Going to Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence county, New York, he secured employment in a mercantile establishment as an errand boy, remaining with that firm for nearly eight years. He then shipped on the great lakes as a freight clerk, in which capacity he called at the ports of Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee and Chicago.
In 1869 Mr. Charlebois came to California, by way of the Isthmus of Panama, locating in San Francisco, where he obtained employment as a clerk in a dry goods store. Two years later he came to Ventura and entered the employ of Einstein & Bernheim, with whom he remained for many years, during fifteen years of which time he was in charge of the hardware and grocery departments. He then entered the employ of Leach & Hunt and nine months later bought out his employers. He devoted himself closely to the conduct of this business, in which he met with more than ordinary success, carrying a large stock of hardware, tinware, stoves and farm implements. In August, 1900, he sold that business and in the fall of that year turned his attention to stock raising, acquiring a herd of over five hundred cattle, which he grazed on his fine ranch of six hundred acres, and in this enterprise also he met with well deserved success. He likewise owned a splendidly improved ranch of thirty acres, seven miles from Ventura, which was devoted mainly to the raising of walnuts. He was progressive in his methods and gave close attention to all the details of the various interests with which he was connected.
Mr. Charlebois was long an active and influential figure in local public affairs, his ability and sterling integrity being generally recognized and appreciated by his fellow citizens. In 1878 he was elected chairman of the town board, serving in that position for four years, and in 1888 he was chosen treasure of Ventura county, serving four years, to the eminent satisfaction of his constituents. In 1894 he received still further honor at the hands of the people by his election to the office of sheriff, and at the expiration of his first term he was reelected, thus serving two terms. In all these official positions he showed a marked capacity for painstaking and conscientious effort, discharging his duties in a manner that earned for him the unstinted approval and praise of his fellow citizens, regardless of party. Fraternally Mr. Charlebois was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he passed through all the chairs, afterwards serving as treasure of the lodge for sixteen years and as district deputy for four years. He also belonged to Santa Barbara Lodge No. 613, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.
In 1875 Mr. Charlebois was married to Miss Agnes Ayers, who was born in Illinois and in early childhood came across the plains with her parents, who traveled by ox team and covered wagon. Her father became a pioneer settler of Ventura county and here he and his wife died. To Mr. And Mrs. Charlebois were born four daughters, namely: Mrs. Blanche Cerf of Los Angeles; Mrs. Celia Welch of Ventura; Mrs. Emma Tally of Jerome, Arizona; and Mrs. Florence Porter, also of Jerome, Arizona. There were likewise five grandchildren.
Source: HISTORY OF VENTURA COUNTY, Volume 2, Page 136, by Sol. Sheridan, 1926
NOTE: There are many errors in this biography concerning the ancestral family of Paul.
Former Sheriff Shoots Eagle
IS ARRESTED FOR MISDOMEANOR AND FINED
Ex-Sheriff Paul Charlebois Kills Endangered Bird While Duck Hunting.
Former Sheriff Paul Charlebois was placed under arrest for misdemeanor, according to information which reached this city yesterday. That a man who had served some time as a sheriff should violate a law seems peculiar, but it nevertheless happened, although the charge is a peculiar one.
It appears that while out duck hunting he killed an eagle, which is a misdemeanor. The information reached County Game Warden Kuhlman, who caused a complaint to be issued and Mr. Charlebois was placed under arrest.
For some years the killing of "the American bird of freedom" has been a misdemeanor offense and when the popular former sheriff put a bullet through the bird he committed a punishable offense.
While out duck shooting a few days ago he noticed a huge eagle swooping down on some ducks. He shot several times with no particular intent at killing the eagle, but the monster bird came tumbling to the earth nevertheless. The large bird measured seven feet from tip to tip.
He was taken before Justice Ortega and stated that he had shot the bird and was given a rather light fine.
Published December 3, 1909 in the Oxnard Courier, Oxnard, CA
Venture Daily Democrat, Ventura, California
August 23, 1914
PAUL CHARLEBOIS DEAD; CITY TRUSTEE, PIONEER MERCHANT, PASSES
City Trustee Paul Charlebois passed away suddenly at his home last night at 10:30 o'clock. Though in failing health for months, he had been feeling better of late and last evening was down town mingling with the people after business hours, seemingly even stronger than usual.
When the final attack came, although medical aid was speedily summoned, nothing could be done to relieve him.
In Mr. Charlebois' death, Ventura loses one of her leading citizens - a pioneer who had been identified with the city and county and their interests for forty years or more. He had served the county as sheriff and his home city as trustee, and enjoyed the highest respect and esteem of his fellowman. His passing will be deeply mourned.
Mr. Charlebois was aged 64 years. He is survived by a widow and four daughters, Mrs. Blanche Cerf of Los Angeles, Mrs. Emma Tully of Arizona, Misses Celia and Florence Charlebois of this city.
The grief-stricken family have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of a devoted husband and father.
Venture Daily Democrat, Ventura, California
August 25, 1914
FUNERAL OF LATE PAUL CHARLEBOIS TOMORROW MORNING
The funeral of the late Paul Charlebois will occur Wednesday morning, at 10:30 o'clock, and be conducted under the auspices of the Odd Fellows, of which local lodge the deceased had been treasure for twenty years.
Flags hang at half mast over public buildings and several business houses out of respect to the memory of the departed citizen, whose absence from familiar scenes after so many years will be noted with deep regret.
Mr. Charlebois had been a factor in Ventura since 1871, when he arrived here from San Francisco to take charge of the hardware department of the store of Einstein & Bernheim, a prominent pioneer firm: later associating himself with the firm of Leach & Hunt and in 1885 buying the latter business. Since that time, except while serving the county one term as treasure and two terms as sheriff, he has been conducting a hardware store in this city.
While paying strict attention to the maintenance of his business, Mr. Charlebois always found time to do his share in the upbuilding of his home town, serving several terms as city trustee. A life-long Democrat, he was a powerful influence in the party and was filling the position of chairman of the county central committee when called by death.
Thus in businesss, political, fraternal and social life, he played well the part of a good, active and honorable citizen, and in his home, devoted to the welfare and happiness of his loved ones, he was an ideal husband and father.
Julie Odile Charlebois
F, b. March 10, 1848, d. March 13, 1848
- Birth: Julie Odile Charlebois was born on March 10, 1848 in Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada.
- Death: She died on March 13, 1848, at age 0, in Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada.
F, b. 1865
- Birth: Philomene Bonin was born in 1865.
M, b. May 12, 1907
- Birth: Paul Charlebois was born on May 12, 1907.
F, b. circa 1908
- Birth: Ernestine Charlebois was born circa 1908.
M, b. October 22, 1908
- Birth: Albert Charlebois was born on October 22, 1908.
Marie Jeanne Charlebois
F, b. 1911
- Birth: Marie Jeanne Charlebois was born in 1911.
F, b. 1913, d. 2000
- Birth: Laurette Charlebois was born in 1913.
- Marriage: She and Remi Asselin were married on March 4, 1935 in Perkinsfield, Ontario, Canada.
- Death: Laurette Charlebois died in 2000, at age ~87.
M, b. 1910, d. 1955
- Birth: Remi Asselin was born in 1910.
- Marriage: He and Laurette Charlebois were married on March 4, 1935 in Perkinsfield, Ontario, Canada.
- Death: Remi Asselin died in 1955, at age ~45.
Mary Agnes Ayers
F, b. September 2, 1849, d. April 26, 1943
- Birth: Mary Agnes Ayers was born on September 2, 1849 in Illinois.
- Marriage: She and Paul Charlebois were married on May 2, 1875 in Ventura, Ventura Co, California.
- Death: Mary Agnes Ayers died on April 26, 1943, at age 93, in Ventura, Ventura Co, California.
Blanche Agnes Charlebois
F, b. November 21, 1876, d. January 25, 1951
- Birth: Blanche Agnes Charlebois was born on November 21, 1876 in California.
- Marriage: She and Ralph Cerf were married on December 4, 1901 in Ventura, Ventura Co, California.
- Death: Blanche Agnes Charlebois died on January 25, 1951, at age 74, in Los Angeles County, California.
F, b. September 12, 1880, d. October 15, 1942
- Birth: Celia Charlebois was born on September 12, 1880 in California.
- Death: She died on October 15, 1942, at age 62, in Santa Barbara County, California.
Emma Eulalie Charlebois
F, b. January 1883
- Birth: Emma Eulalie Charlebois was born in January 1883 in Ventura, Ventura Co, California.
- Marriage: She and Robert Emmett Talley were married on April 10, 1912 in Ventura, Ventura Co, California.
F, b. January 8, 1889, d. March 26, 1981
- Birth: Florence Charlebois was born on January 8, 1889 in California.
- Marriage: She and Robert Knight Porter were married on August 2, 1916 in Ventura, Ventura Co, California.
- Death: Florence Charlebois died on March 26, 1981, at age 92, in Los Angeles County, California.
M, b. October 1876
- Birth: Ralph Cerf was born in October 1876 in California.
- Marriage: He and Blanche Agnes Charlebois were married on December 4, 1901 in Ventura, Ventura Co, California.
Helene P Cerf
F, b. August 3, 1905, d. March 17, 1993
- Birth: Helene P Cerf was born on August 3, 1905 in California.
- Marriage: She and Robert Edwards were married on November 5, 1927 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, California.
- Death: Helene P Cerf died on March 17, 1993, at age 87, in Los Angeles County, California.
Paul R Cerf
M, b. June 27, 1913
- Birth: Paul R Cerf was born on June 27, 1913 in Los Angeles County, California.
M, b. circa 1905
- Birth: Robert Edwards was born circa 1905.
- Marriage: He and Helene P Cerf were married on November 5, 1927 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, California.
Robert Emmett Talley
M, b. circa 1876, d. December 14, 1936
- Birth: Robert Emmett Talley was born circa 1876 in Nevada.
- Marriage: He and Emma Eulalie Charlebois were married on April 10, 1912 in Ventura, Ventura Co, California.
- Death: Robert Emmett Talley died on December 14, 1936 in New York, New York.
Robert Knight Porter
- Birth: Robert Knight Porter was born in Illinois.
- Marriage: He and Florence Charlebois were married on August 2, 1916 in Ventura, Ventura Co, California.
M, b. March 30, 1828, d. March 26, 1855
- Birth: Joseph Brule was born on March 30, 1828 in Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada.
- Marriage: He and Marie Eugenie Legault Deslauriers were married on February 3, 1851 in Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada.
- Death: Joseph Brule died on March 26, 1855, at age 26, in Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada.
Leandre Chevrier Lajeunesse
M, b. June 11, 1835
- Birth: Leandre Chevrier Lajeunesse was born on June 11, 1835 in Rigaud, Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada.
- Marriage: He and Marie Eugenie Legault Deslauriers were married on September 15, 1860 in Montreal, Québec, Canada.
F, b. July 6, 1861
- Birth: Azilda Chevrier was born on July 6, 1861 in Rigaud, Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada.