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Harvey Joseph Dusseau

Harvey Joseph Dusseau

Male 1890 - 1951  (61 years)

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  • Name Harvey Joseph Dusseau 
    Born 5 Jan 1890  North Toledo, Ohio, at 1:30 pm Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Dec 1951  Los Angeles, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I00014  Tombeau Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2007 

    Father Samuel Levi Dusseau,   b. Aug 1863, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1917, Toledo, OH (1650 Dorr St.) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Mother Matilda Mary Jarvis,   b. 26 Jan 1870, Berlin Twp., Monroe Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1949, Toledo, Ohio (3819 Monroe St.) (Forest Cemetery) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married Abt 1887  Berlin Township, MI (probable) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gertrude Sarah LaVoy,   b. 25 Aug 1891, Stateline Home (Toledo, OH) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1944, Detroit, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 30 Apr 1912  Erie. MI, St Joseph Catholic Church Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Charles Robert Dusseau, Sr.
    +2. Lucille Mary Cecelia Theresa Dusseau,   b. 21 Feb 1916, Toledo, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 2016, Westland. MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 100 years)
    +3. Rudolph Lawrence Dusseau,   b. 2 Aug 1918, Detroit, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1970, Orange County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     4. Blanche Eleanore Dusseau,   b. 15 Aug 1920, Detroit, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1925, Royal Oak, MI (Scarlet Fever) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
    +5. Bernadette May Dusseau,   b. 25 May 1923, Detroit, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Roseburg National Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. Rose Mary Dusseau
    +7. Joseph Raymond Dusseau,   b. 29 Oct 1928, Berkley, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1995, Elbert, CO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +8. Patrick James Dusseau
    Family ID F0021  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Homes of Harvey Joseph Dusseau
    Homes of Harvey Joseph Dusseau
    Harvey Joseph Dusseau and Gertrude Sarah LaVoy
    Harvey Joseph Dusseau and Gertrude Sarah LaVoy
    Harvey Joseph Dusseau and Mary Della Dusseau
    Harvey Joseph Dusseau and Mary Della Dusseau
    Harvey Joseph Dusseau
    Harvey Joseph Dusseau
    Los Angeles Home of Harvey Joseph Dusseau
835 E. 85th St., Los Angeles, CA,
    Los Angeles Home of Harvey Joseph Dusseau 835 E. 85th St., Los Angeles, CA,
    Harvey Joseph Dusseau
    Harvey Joseph Dusseau
    Sons of Samuel L. Dusseau: (left) Harvey, August, Rudolph, and Henry
    Sons of Samuel L. Dusseau: (left) Harvey, August, Rudolph, and Henry
    Harvey Joseph Dusseau
    Harvey Joseph Dusseau
    The Family of Samuel Levi Dusseau and Matilda Mary Jarvis
    The Family of Samuel Levi Dusseau and Matilda Mary Jarvis
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Harvey and Gertrude Dusseau Burial Location (page 2)
    Harvey and Gertrude Dusseau Burial Location (page 2)
    Knaggs' Reunion (After 1912)
    Knaggs' Reunion (After 1912)
    Harvey Joseph Dusseau: (man to the right of Dennis Knaggs with head only showing in 3/4 profile) He is my grandfather.
    Patrick LaVoy Tombeau

    Written on the back of the photo:
    Old women with white lace collar in center leaning in her chair is Angeline Cousino Knaggs, my great-great-grandmother. To her right is Sarah Knaggs LaVoy, my great-grandmother. Gertrude LaVoy Dusseau, my grandmother, is the fourth women from left standing in white. My grandfather Harvey Joseph Dusseau stands behind the man holding the child (fat face). Victor Knaggs (my great-grandmother's brother) stands behind Angeline.
    Patrick LaVoy Tombeau
    Knaggs' Reunion (Before 1912)
    Knaggs' Reunion (Before 1912)
    Written on the back of the photo:
    The oldest women in center is Angeline Cousino Knaggs in checkered shawl. She is my great-great-grandmother. To her right is Sarah Knaggs LaVoy, her daughter, and my great-grandmother. Standing behind Angeline, and to her immediate left, is Gertrude LaVoy, my grandmother, who married Harvey Dusseau, my grandfather. Gertrude LaVoy and sister Julia LaVoy are respectively forth and third women from right standing back row.
    Patrick LaVoy Tombeau

    Documents
    Harvey and Gertrude Dusseau Burial Location (page 1)
    Harvey and Gertrude Dusseau Burial Location (page 1)
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
     Harvey J. Dusseau and Gertrude LaVoy Bible Entries (3)
    Harvey J. Dusseau and Gertrude LaVoy Bible Entries (3)
     Harvey J. Dusseau and Gertrude LaVoy Bible Entries (2)
    Harvey J. Dusseau and Gertrude LaVoy Bible Entries (2)
    The Harvey J. Dusseau and Gertude LaVoy Bible Entries (1)
    The Harvey J. Dusseau and Gertude LaVoy Bible Entries (1)

    Histories At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Harvey Joseph Dusseau and family
    Harvey Joseph Dusseau and family

  • Notes 




    • The Homes of Harvey Joseph Dusseau

      Harvey Joseph Dusseau, the writer's grandfather, distinguished himself
      by the number of homes he lived in during his life time. They were often
      rented, sometimes behind his hardware stores with blankets on clothes
      lines for walls, but he also built several of the homes he lived in
      or live in homes to which he made significant renovations, as his family
      increased in size.

      Harvey Joseph Dusseau was born in Toledo, Ohio, 5 January 1890, the son
      Samuel Levi Dusseau and Matilda Mary Jarvis. During his childhood he
      lived on Dorr St., first over his father's grocery store, and then in
      the house he helped his father build next door.

      On 30 April 1912 he married Gertrude LaVoy of Erie, Michigan, in St. Jo-
      seph's Church. From 1912-1915 he lived in a store down from the State-
      line home of his father-in-law, Moses LaVoy, Sr., and across the street
      from a Protestant Church, according to his daughter, Lucille Dusseau
      Tambeau.

      These accomodations were shared with his wife's sister, Julia LaVoy, and
      her husband, Elroy Deszell.

      His first child, Charles Robert Dusseau, was born into these
      circumstances on September 8, 1913, in the home of his maternal
      grandfather, Moses LaVoy, Sr. Since the bedrooms were acorss the
      Stateline in Ohio, it is Toledo, not Erie, MI, that is his birthplace,
      as it was also for his sister Lucille Dusseau.

      The Polk City Directories for Detroit indicate that Harvey Dusseau and
      his growing family lived in the following rented homes:
      1916- 839, later 4305, 15th St at the corner of its intersection with
      Buchanan. Harvey's occupation is listed as a machinist.

      His second child, Lucille Mary Cecilia Dusseau, was born 21 February
      1916, her mother traveling from this home in Detroit to her parents'
      home on Stateline to give birth to her.

      1917- 73, later 2315 Buchanan. His brother Henry lives with him during
      this year. Harvey Dusseau is listed as a machinist. His brother, Henry
      is listed as a laborer.

      1918- 73, later 2315 Buchanan. Harvey Dusseau is listed as a plater. His
      brother Henry has moved elsewhere.

      Rudolph Lawrence Dusseau, Harvey Dusseau's third child, was born August
      2, 1918, named after his uncle Rudolph Dusseau, the World War I hero of
      the family.

      1919- 825, later 2645 Ferry Park. He is listed as a plater

      1920-21: 827, later 2649 Ferry Park. He is listed as a plater.

      (Next door at 2645, Elroy and Julia LaVoy Desell live for this
      year only)

      Harvey's fourth child, Blanche Eleanore Dusseau, is born August 15,
      1920.

      1921-22: 2649 Ferry Park, Harvey Desseau (sic) is listed as a nickle
      plater.

      The Polk City Directories have no further entries in the following years
      reflecting a move to Royal Oak, Michigan, in Oakland County.

      In 1922 Harvey moved to the Judson Subdivision in Royal Oak and during
      the winter of 1922-23 lived in a tent on the lot while he was building a
      house with his brother-in law, Elroy Deszell.

      This was on Garden St and another house was also built by Henry and his
      brother-in-law Elroy Deszell next door. The two houses built are
      currently located at 3111 and 3115 Garden St., Royal Oak. The house tent
      was said to have existed on the lot currently occupied by 3115 Garden.

      It was while living in the garage noted above that Harvey's fifth child,
      Bernadette May Dusseau, was born on 25 May 1923, as the writer's mother
      has an image of holding her infant ister in this garage.

      In 1923 he moved to two flats above the Hardware Store he bought at 3458
      Oakwood Blvd., now 12 Mile Road. Eventually he rented the flat out over
      the store and moved his family to an apartment behind the hardware
      store, which he enlarged for this purpose. He remained here until 1928.

      The Berkley City directories which begin in 1925, note in the 1925-26
      and 1927-28 directory, the existence of the Harvey J. Dusseau Hardware
      at the above address. This hardware store was torn down and is now
      occupied by a bowling alley.

      On 8 January 1925, his fourth child, Blanche Eleanore Dusseau died of
      diptheria while living behind the Hardware store on Oakwood Blvd. Two
      years later, while still living in the same quarters, Harvey's sixth
      child, Rose Mary Madeleine Dusseau was born on 13 July 1927.

      In 1928 he moved for about six months to a hardware store located on
      Meyers, near West Chicago, in Detroit and lived with his family behind
      the store. The writer's mother went to McKenzie H.S. for six months at
      this time.

      Harvey's seventh child, Joseph Raymond Susseau, was born on Oxctober 29,
      1928.

      In 1929-30, the Polk City Directories indicate he lived at the Hardware
      Store located at 20307 Fenkell (5 Mile Rd) in Detroit. Again the family
      lived in quarters behind the store.

      During the Bank Crash, Harvey lost $200-300 he had in a bank and moved
      back to Berkley.
      In 1930-31 he lived again behind his hardware store on Oakwood Blvd.

      From 1931-36 he rented three homes at 3303 and 3331 Garden and a third
      on Oakshire in Berkley.

      On 17 March 1936, Harvey's eighth and last child, Patrick James Dusseau
      was born.

      Two months later, on 8 May 1936, Harvey purchases his first home at 1455
      Dorothea in Berkley for $2,200 on a land contract. While living in this
      house, he raised it up and dug a basement for it and then raised the
      roof to build an upper flat for renters.

      On 19 April 1944 Gertrude Sarah LaVoy Dusseau, Harvey's long suffering
      wife of 32 years died of a post-operative embolism, having lived in her
      first permanent home since her marriage for only eight years. Much of
      that eight years spent in renovations described above.

      On 29 July 1947, Harvey and his second wife, Alice Marie Fortin, sold
      the house on Dorothea. He had married her about six months after the
      death of his first wife.

      Four days later, on 2 August 1947 Harvey and his second wife purchased
      the home at 8228 Brace in Detroit. On the day they moved in the writer
      remembers being startled by his Uncle Patrick Dusseau riding on his
      bicycle into the writer's front yard at 6461 Mead, in Dearborn, several
      miles away down Warren Avenue to announce they had moved into the new
      home.

      On 7-25-49 Harvey purchased three lots 638. 639. and 640, on a dirt road
      which is now Beech-Daly Road in Redford, MI, and built with his own
      hands a cinder block house now located at 13965 Beech-Daly. During a
      rainy muddy fall he built his home where his second wife died.

      Harvey made the purchase of another property in Redford for his tool
      shop, located a block or two north of Plymouth Road, west of Telegraph,
      at 12060 Woodbine. The property is now incorporated within a larger
      structure built by subsequent owners.

      On 8 April 1950, Harvey and his wife, Alice, sold the property at 8228
      Brace to his step-son Harry W. Fortin and his wife Ramona.

      On 21 May 1950 he sold the tool shop to another party
      On the same day he sold his Beech-Daly home and two side lots to his
      step-son as well.

      After his second wife died, Harvey Joseph Dusseau moved almost
      immediately, some time in 1950 to the Watts area of Los Angeles, CA,
      where he died of cancer on 11 December 1951 at the age of 61 years, 11
      months and 6 days. His body was returned to Michigan for burial in Holy
      Sepulchre Cemetery, 25800 Ten Mile Road, Southfield, next to his first
      wife, Gertrude LaVoy, sect. 16, lot 215, tier 1, graves 1 and 2.