William Tourville married Clara Mammen 9 October 1901

William Tourville was born 10 June and baptized 11 July 1876 in Chateaugay, NY.  He was the second son of Charles J Tourville and Maria Angeline Langevin.  The Saint Patrick’s records say his godparents were Narcisse and Genevieve Lecompte. 

Willie at age four was counted in the 1880 census with his parents, in Chateaugay.  His father was a farm laborer.  Besides his older brother Charles “Henry”, William now had two younger brothers – John and George, who died young.  Shortly after the census, his father went west to Leadville Colorado to join his own father, Charles.  Mary followed with the children and Genevieve and Albert, her husband’s youngest two siblings. 

They were counted in the 1885 Colorado state census, and William’s father was a charcoal burner in Eagle county.  Mary was a housewife, and sons Charles H, William, and John were listed as “at school.”  Ella wasn’t old enough for school.  Another little brother named George died at age two and is buried at Leadville.

William’s daughter Loretta Hayes later wrote about her father’s memories of living near Leadville, and after.  She stated that when William was in the fourth grade and big enough to work, he was taken out of school and put to work at the kilns, as were the other boys.  Charles would go on sprees and drive to Leadville to “raise hell” and return in the wee hours.  William had to be ready to unharness and take care of the team.  He was so small he had to stand on a box to reach the harness.  After the gold strike cooled, Charles moved to Edwards, Colorado with his family and took up a homestead on Lake Creek.  He built a two-story house there of logs.  As soon as the boys got old enough, they all left home.

There is a William Tourville counted in the 1900 census in Carbondale, Colorado.  In this record, the person claims to have been born in France, of French parents.  He says he came to the US in 1880, and is a railroad laborer.  I’m not sure if this is the same person, but the age is about right. 

Clara Mammen was born 13 August 1884 in Syracuse, Nebraska.  She was the daughter of Herman and Fatima (Tina) Mammen.  In 1885, Clara lived in Brenna, Nebraska with her parents, and five older siblings.  Her father was a farmer, and both parents were born in Germany.   Clara’s father died before the 1900 census, which shows Clara lived in Logan Nebraska with her mother, and married sister and brother-in-law, Lissie and John Folk. 

Loretta’s story is that her father left home on horseback to work on ranches until he reached Worland, Wyoming.  He met Clara’s family there, and worked on the farm and ranch for them.  They were planning a trip by wagon to Colorado, and William decided to go along and help with the horses.  By the time they arrived in Minturn, they were very much in love and were married, on 9 October 1901.  They took up a homestead in Lake Creek, near Charles and Mary, and built a nice log home there.  Clara’s family returned to Worland, Wyoming.

William and Clara’s first son William “Bill” was born in 1902 in Nebraska, where Clara had gone to visit her sister.  The second son Artimus “Ted” was born on the homestead, with the help of William’s mother.  William and Clara tried to work with his father, but as Loretta describes it, Charles still wanted to rule their life, so after about five years, William sold his property and moved to Worland, and worked for Clara’s mother on her farm.

The 1910 census lists William and family (Clara, William, and Artimus) living in Alamo Precinct in Basin, Wyoming.  He worked on a farm.  This record says Clara has had two children, both still living. 

Next they rented a ranch in Red Lodge, Montana, and when that was sold, they moved to Wentworth, South Dakota to farm.  Next they moved to Watertown, South Dakota where William ran a pool hall. From there, they moved to Madison SD, where William had a dray line and a restaurant. 

The 1915 South Dakota state census lists William and Clara in Madison, SD.  William was a teamster, and could read and write.  He listed his ancestry as French, the extent of education “common”, no military service listed, no church affiliation, and he did not own a home or farm. Loretta was born in 1915 in Madison. 

In 1918, William registered for the WW1 draft from Hughes County, SD.  His occupation was car maker at the depot, for C&N W RR.  (Chicago & North Western) Clara was his contact person, and they lived at Pierre SD.  The card describes him as medium height and build, with brown eyes and dark brown hair. In 1920, the family lived in Buckeye SD.  They rented a home at 436 Wilson Avenue.  William worked as a car cleaner for the railroad. 

According to Loretta’s memoirs, about 1924, William and son Bill went to Glenwood Springs to see his parents.  Charles talked him into staying in Colorado and helping with the fruit farm.  Clara, Ted, and Loretta moved to Colorado when school was out.  They lived on the farm, by Storm King Mountain, for about three years but were not successful.  Charles evicted William and his family when they got behind in their rent.  They moved into town, and William worked at the limestone quarry. 

The family transferred to another quarry in Salida, Colorado.  In 1930, the family lived at 731 G Street in Salida.   Bill and Ted also worked at the quarry.  William’s father Charles died in 1930, and his mother Mary in 1939, in Glenwood Springs. 

William suffered a heart attack, and died 3 November 1942 in Salida.  Obit:  Salida Daily Mail, Wed, Nov 4, 1942 p 1 – WM. TOURVILLE DIES OF HEART ATTACK – William Tourville, 65, a resident of Salida for many years, died suddenly at 4:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at his home in the Groy apartments.  He had suffered a heart attack shortly before.  The body was taken to the Stewart Mortuary but no arrangements have been made pending word from relatives.  Among the survivors are a daughter and two sons, Ted and William Tourville. 

Salida Mail, Friday, Nov 6, 1942 – FUNERAL SATURDAY OF WILLIAM TOURVILLE – Funeral services for William Tourville, 66, a resident of Salida for fifteen years, will be held at 11 o’clock Saturday Morning at the Stewart Chapel.  Burial will be in Fairview cemetery.  Mr. Tourville died suddenly Tuesday afternoon at his home following a heart attack.  He was born in Shadagee,* N. C. June 10, 1876.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Clara Tourville, and three children, Mrs. Loretta Hays of Sedalia Colo, William Tourville of Las Vegas and Theodore Tourville of Pando.  Also among the survivors are a brother living in Glenwood Springs and a sister living in Ohio.  All of the children are here to attend the funeral services. 

* Obit has birth place spelled phonetically, and the state wrong.

 William and Clara’s son Ted died of a heart attack in 1948, while on a fishing trip in Taos NM. 

Clara died 11 April 1959 in Cheyenne, WY.  Obit: Salida Mountain Mail, April 13, 1950 p 1 – SERVICES FOR MRS. TOURVILLE SET WEDNESDAY – Graveside services for Mrs Clara Tourville, formerly of Salida, who died Friday in Cheyenne, Wyoming will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Fairview, cemetery.  Mrs. Tourville is survived by two children, Mrs. Loretta Hayes of Horse Creek, Wyoming, a son, William of Wyoming, and several grandchildren.  Her husband and a son, Ted, preceded her in death. 

Salida Mountain Mail, Wednesday, April 15, 1959 p 1 – GRAVESIDE RITES HELD WEDNESDAY FOR MRS. TOURVILLE – Graveside services for Mrs. Clara K. Tourville, 76, formerly of Salida, who died April 11 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fairview cemetery.  Pastor Don Moffett of the First Presbyterian church was the officiating minister.  Pallbearers were Garland Shepherd, Frank McMullen, Sr, Frank O’Hara, E.C. Hays, J.E. Stewart, and E.R. Glenn.  Interment was beside Mrs. Tourville’s husband, William Tourville, who died in  1942.  Mrs. Tourville’s children, Mr. and Mrs. William Tourville and Mrs. E. C. Hays and husband of Wyoming, were here for the services. 

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