Albert Tourville died 9 April 1929

Albert Tourville was born 5 January 1870, In Chateaugay, NY, the ninth of ten children of Charles Henry Tourville and Julia Leclair.  His godparents were his older sister Isabella, and her new husband John Labombard. 

He was listed in the 1870 census in Chateaugay with his parents.  I have been unable to find the Tourville family in 1880.  It is possible that they were travelling to Colorado when the census was taken.  Albert’s older brother Charles moved to Colorado about then.  Their father was also in Colorado for a while. 

Albert and his sister Jennie (Genevieve) lived with their brother Charles and family in the Leadville area.  They attended school and were counted in the Eagle County School district list of students in 1883.  Both Jennie and Albert returned to New York.

Albert married Celia Podvuh (Pudevin) on 31 December 1894 in Chateaugay.  They were counted in the 1900 census with his parents, his wife, and cousin Cora Giroux.  The 1910 census lists him in Chateaugay and his now-widowed mother lived with them.  He worked as a farm laborer.  He was in the 1920 census with his wife and family. 

Albert died 9 April 1929 in Chateaugay. 


Well Known Citizen Expired Without Warning Tuesday Afternoon

The sudden and unexpected death of Albert Tourville, which occurred at about 3 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon came as a distinct shock to the many friends of that well known gentlemen throughout this neighborhood.

Mr. Tourville was engaged in doing carpenter work repairs at the residence of Mrs. Katherine McKenna on Church street and was in fact in the act of nailing a board on the steps to the piazza when the fatal summons came. Death was instantaneous, as those who were first attracted to the spot report that Tourville retained the hammer in his right hand and in the left hand was a nail to be used. Dr. Tobin was quickly at the scene and he pronounced that death was due to a heart attack. Mr. Tourville has been in failing health for the past two years, but his condition was not realized by his many friends, so that the news of his sudden passing was wholly unexpected.

Mr. Tourville was born January 5, 1870, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tourville   who resided on a farm in the southeast part of the town. His earlier days were spent on the farm, but about twenty-seven years ago he purchased the property known as the Derby place in the hollow on East Main street and had since made his home there. He was a man of sterling character, upright and honest in his dealings and possessed a likable personality that made for him a wide circle of friends.

Mr. Tourville was a Democrat in politics and was elected to various town offices. He was a member of Wadhams Council, Knights of Columbus, and of St. Patrick’s church of which he was a faithful and consistent communicant, and in general he was held in high regard in the community and his sudden death is sincerely mourned.

He was united in marriage thirty-two years ago to Miss Celia Pudvah, whose death occurred two years ago in March.

He is survived by one son, Van Tourville, of Chateaugay, and one daughter, Mrs. George Long, of Malone, besides one sister, Mrs. Clayton Gerue, of Etna, N.H., four brothers, Charles of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Louis of Chateaugay, Joseph of West Springfield, Mass., George, of Ste. Anne de Beaupre, Que., and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Friday morning at St. Patrick’s church, Rev. A.P. Landry, of Churubusco, to be the officiating clergyman. The members of Wadhams Council will attend in a body.

The obituary was provided by cousin Diane Tourville of Montreal, and was posted on an older version of her website.  Her current website is


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