Alphonsius was known as "Al". He's buried in Goldenrod Cemetery, Tekoa, WA.
According to the Red Star archive, Al came to the U.S. from Belgium in 1899 as a youth of 22, with only 60 franc of money. First, he lived in Rochester (New York), as an assistant of pastor Notebaert. In 1900 he came to the Palouse region and homesteaded in Benewah Co., Idaho. He had a timber claim on John Creek. From 1913 to 1934 he was in the meat business in Tekoa and operated the Tekoa Cash Market. He made frequent livestock buying trips on horseback throughout Washington and Oregon, buying cattle and driving them to market. He moved to Lucille, Idaho and worked his gold claim.
Ella was trained as a nurse at Bradford Hospital in Bradford Pennsylvania. Her class motto was "Slit, slash, blood and gore, we're the class of 1904." She came west to work in a hospital at Santa, Idaho. Her sister, Martha English, lived in Emida and she met Al in their home.
Ella is remembered as an intelligent woman with an inquiring mind, as a hard worker and as a person with a strength of character and high moral code that strongly influenced her children and grandchildren. She leaves a rich and powerful heritage for her family.
1910 Census: Rosalia, Whitman Co., Wash. (Microfilm 1375687, E.D. 264, Sheet 18, Dwelling 86, Family 87.)
Person - age
Ella 29 Place of birth: New York
1920 Census: Tekoa, Whitman Co., Wash. (Vol 50, E.D. 179, Sheet 7, line 14) (Microfilm 1821944, Tekoa, E.D. 179, Sheet 4, page 14.) Name is spelled "Dnoo".
John A 12 Washington
Jules A 11 Washington
Lewis O 9 Washington
Mary R 8 Washington
Mildred A 6 Washington
Martha 4 3/4 Washington
1940 Census: Al lives in Tekoa, Election Precinct 37 Tekoa, Whitman, Washington. Ella is in Eastern State Hospital Inoore, Espanola Twp, Spokane, Washington.
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