Charles Alfred LaBombard born 13 September 1877

Charles Labombard was born 13 September 1877 in Chateaugay NY, and baptized 21 October, 1877 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He was the fourth of eight children of John Andrew LaBombard and Isabella Tourville. One source lists his godparents as Joseph Tourville (probably his uncle) and Pheobe Patnode. Another source lists them as Joseph Boucher and Amelia Bouvier (unknown relationship of them to the LaBombard family.)

He was listed as Charley Bombard in the 1880 census. The family lived in Ellenburg NY, and John was a farmer. The household included his half brother John (son of John A and Virginia Goyette.) The family was counted in the 1892 NY state census, living in Ellenburg, where his father still worked as a farmer.

Some time after 1895 (after the youngest brother, Royal was born) the family moved from New York to Lebanon, NH. In 1900, Charles and his older brother William boarded with John and Sarah Cornell in the south part of town. Charles and William were listed as bicycle repairman and “ag” – possibly agriculture laborer. They could read, write, and speak English.

On 26 November 1902, Charles married Daisy Hall, adopted daughter of William Hall and Almeda Hayes. Daisy was born Sadie Hayes, daughter of George Hayes and Mariette “Minnie” Blood.  (Almeda was raised as George’s sister but also was adopted. Her birth name was Waterhouse.)  At the time of the marriage, Charles was 24 and worked as a quarryman. Daisy was 21 and a seamstress. This was the first marriage for both, and they were married at La Paroisse du Sacre Coeur de Lebanon by Rev. Martin H. Egan who was the parish Priest from 1894 to 1907: “November 26th After having obtained a dispensation from the impediment disparitis cultus I married Charles Labombarde son of John Labombarde and Isabell Dourville And Daisy Hall daughter of William Hall and Almeda Hayes. In the presence of ME Egan and SJ Egan.”

Disparitis cultis means different culture, or in this case, different religion, as Daisy was not Catholic.

It appears that Charles and Daisy lived with his parents for a while, as the 1907 Lebanon city directory listed him as a farm hand, boarding with John Labombard in Etna. By 1910, they lived on a farm they were purchasing in Hanover, with the first four of their six daughters. Charles and Daisy eventually had six daughters: Pearl (1904-1984), Almeda (1905-1981), Doris (1907-1956), Myrtle (1909-1967), Ruth (1915-1987), and Marguerite (1919-1979.)

The 1916 Hanover city directory lists Charles as a farmer, living at Hanover Center. He registered for the WW1 draft, with his home town listed as Etna, and his father as his closest relative. He also reported that he was missing the index finger of his left hand.

The 1918 directory lists Charles on Etna Road in Hanover Center. The 1920 census lists the family, now with all six daughters, living in Hanover. He owned his home, and reported that he was able to read and write. By 1924, the family had moved to Heater Road in Lebanon.

The 1930 census lists the family in Lebanon. Charles operated a successful dairy farm and delivered milk from the farm. In the fall he butchered hogs and cattle at his slaughter house. The Lebanon directories of 1931, 1935, 1938, and 1941 all list Charles and Daisy as farmers living on Heater Road.  In 1942, Charles registered for the “old man’s draft”. I have no record that he served in either war.

By 1949, Charles retired from farming and was living at 20 Messenger in Lebanon with Daisy. In 1952, he was listed at 16 Messenger, which showed as the Labombard residence, but also the residence of his daughter Ruth Pillsbury. I’m not sure if they moved or if the houses were renumbered.

Charles was remembered as being musical. A 1953 photo shows him playing fiddle, with his grandson and namesake Charlie Laber also with fiddle, and young man with a guitar – is it grandson (and other namesake) Alfred? It looks like a party of some kind at a private home, with family photos on a shelf, and streamers from the ceiling.

Charles died 30 November 1955 in Camden, New Jersey, while visiting his daughter Doris. He was buried at Pinetree Cemetery in Hanover. Charles died intestate. His estate, after bills, was about $150, and was divided amongst his daughters, and two children of daughter Doris who had died shortly after her father. Daisy died 16 Feb 1957 and was buried with Charles.


1 Comment

  1. sooze471 said,

    September 13, 2011 at 21:31

    From Auntie Jeanne:

    Hi Sus – liked your bio on Gramp LaBombard – I’m sure your DAD, Roger or Charlie have lots of stories – he loved to go hunting, fishing, etc. with them – we all looked forward to him coming to our farm and he had planned to move there but passed away before that could develop. . .

    Story from Grandson Charlie Laber, 2007: Gramp LaBombard whom he (Robert and Barney) stayed with while attending high school in Lebanon: They helped Gramp with the farm chores, milking, etc. Gramp always slaughtered his own and neighbor pigs; being very ingenious, he had rigged up a boiler for scalding the pigs to remove the stiff pig hair. They used all parts possible making blood sausage, bacon, placing chunks of fat in large crocks for salt pork, boiling the head and cooling the pieces for headcheese, pickled pigs feet, boiling the fat down for lard to make those prized pies and cakes for their six kids, extended family, friends and boarders the farm supported (1934-1938s)
    – – –
    News clipping: April 14 (1950?) Lebanon Grange Makes Awards, 16 Past Masters are honored; Long-time Members Feted … The entertainment program consisted of songs by the grange, jokes by J. Daniel Porter, and a violin selection by Charles LaBombard, accompanied on the piano by Stanley Hood. A social hour and refreshments followed.
    – – –
    news: 1954: Mr. and Mrs. Charles LaBombard, Messenger Street, spent Christmas with their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Laber, in Newport. There were 17 relatives present, among them Robert Laber and wife of Oklahoma College and Roger Laber of the University of New Hampshire.

    – – –
    After retirement from their Heater Road farm to their Messenger street house, Charlie and Daisy drove their shined black ’49 Ford sedan to visit their daughter Pearl and family on the Frank Laber farm, E.Mt., Newport, NH every couple of weeks. He always kept busy fixing musical instruments, building cabinets, picking potatoes, helping milk, feeding animals, helping with preparing meals, keeping grandkids company or playing all those “two-step” songs on his fiddle, alone, or with his oldest grandson, Charlie Laber and anyone else who would listen, play or dance to the tunes. Everyone enjoyed having him around and he had planned on moving in permanently as his health deteriorated.

    (Jean has a notebook Pearl kept of Charlie and Daisy’s last days) Oct.16, 1955 he was too sick to drive so called Pearl to bring them to her house until time for a Lebanon grange meeting he wanted to attend… Nov.1, 1955 found him in the Lebanon hospital while Daisy was sent to Pearl & Frank’s. Nov.13, 1955 both are at the Laber farm until Nov.27 when Doris took them to New Jersey (against doctor’s orders) Nov. 30 he died in NJ.

    Daisy came to stay on the Laber East Mt. Farm with daughter Pearl after Charlie LaBombard’s (her Dad) funeral in Lebanon, NH.
    Your Auntie Jeanne

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