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Napoleon La France (1869-?)
Born in Montreal, Canada, in livery and funeral business in Bay City.

1891 Biography. - Added Oct., 2010

The History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan - 1892


Napoleon La France, of the firm of F. La France & Son, is an enterprising and progressive young man, who with his father, is carrying on a large livery and undertaking establishment in West Bay City. Francis La France was born in Canada of French ancestry, and was a blacksmith by trade, residing near Montreal. In 1871 he brought his family to Bay City and located at Banks, then South Bay City, afterward removing to West Bay City, where he ran a blacksmith shop for awhile , afterward drifting into the livery business, from which his present large establishment has grown. His wife, who maiden name was Philomena Beaudoin, was born in Montreal. Fourteen children were born to this couple, of whom ten are now living, and of whom our subject was the sixth child.

Napoleon La France was reared and educated in Bay City, assisting his father in his livery business, and in 1887 became a partner in the firm. They built their large stable in November, 1889. It is 48x90 feet in dimensions with tenty-five-foot posts. The upper floor of the building is furnished as a large public hall and is used by different organizations as a place of meeting. The establishment is the largest of the kind in West Bay City, and is amply supplied with excellent teams and conveyances of all descriptions. In 1891 the firm added undertaking to thier livery business, of which our subject was made manager. He is also interested in real estate and in farming. He is connected with the Minneapolis Building & Loan Association, and a similar Association in Detroit. He belongs to a number of social orders being a member of the Iron Hall, the Foresters, the Knights of the Maccabees and the Ancient Order of the United Workmen. He is well known in business circles and will undoubtedly make his mark in the world as a business man.

Members of La France family (unverified):

    Francis La France, father - b. abt. 1830, Canada
    Philomena Beaudoin, mother - b. Montreal, Can.; d. 4 Apr 1926 Ont., Canada.
    - Arson(Arcone), son - b. 1870, d. 15 Dec 1874, Bay City, Mich.
    - Delina daughter - b. 1878 W.Bay City (spouse P.M. Lawrence)
    - Dennis, son - b. 1876, d. 26 Dec 1894, West Bay City, Mich.
    - Edna C., daughter - b. 31 Aug 1902, Kawkawlin, Mich.
    - Ernest, son - b. 1884, d. 3 Sep 1884, Bay City, Mich.
    - Fred, son - b. 5 Nov 1857, Montreal Can.
    - Gilbert, son - b. 1873 Bay City (spouse, Sarah Roscoe)
    - Henry, son - b. 17 Sep 1880, West Bay City
    - Joseph M., son - b. 23 Nov 1858 Canada, (spouse, Mry Brenard)
    - Mary, daughter - b. 14 Mar 1901, d. 17 Feb 1951, (spouse Gregory).
    - Mone Victoria, daughter, b. 26 Dec 1844 Ont., Canada
    - Napoleon, son - b. abt 1866-69 Canada (spouse, Rosa Tauchett)
    - Peter, son - b. 15 Feb 1871, Bay, Mich. or Canada. (spouse, Marian Connally)
    - Wilford, son - b. 1883 W. Bay City, Mich.
    - Zorell, daughter - b. 1901 Bay, Mich.

Additional Notes.

    1883 Directory:

  • Bay City, Mich.:
  • La France, George carpenter, res 625 Ingraham.
  • La France, Joseph millwright Birdsall & Barker, res 417 Polk.
  • La France, Joseph laboer Eddy Bros & Co.
  • La France, Napoleon laborer, bds Joseph La France.
  • La France, Peter livery 211 3d, bds Anscomb House.
  • West Bay City, Mich.:
  • La France, Frank - (La France & Son) blacksmith n w cor Midland and Henry, res w s Center 2 s of Jenny, 2d ward.
  • La France, Frederick (La France & Son), bds Frank La France.
  • La France & Son (Frank and Frederick), livery n w cor Midand and Henry, 2d ward.

    1900 Census: Bay City, Mich. (709 Polk St.)

  • Lafrance, Napoleon b. Mar. 1863 Canada Fr.
  • Rosa, wife b. Mar. 1867 Canada
  • Dora M., daughter b. Aug. 1885 Mich.
  • Robert L., son b. Nov. 1888 Mich.
  • Myrtle A, daughter b. Aug. 1889 Mich. (Birth Record: Mystic A.)
  • Wendel, son b. Dec. 1891 Mich.
  • Lawrence, son b. Dec. 1893 Mich.
  • Neomia, daughter b. Oct. 1895 Mich.
  • Margueritt, daughter b. Sep. 1899 Mich

    1920 - Census: Wayne Co., Mich.

  • La France, Napoleon - b. 1866 Canada
  • Rosa, wife.
  • Children: Margarette, Baird, Dorothy G., Mendil, Helen.
Related Pages/Notes

Related pages:
La France, Fred Bro.
People Referenced
Axeson, Sophia E.
Beaudoin, Philomena (mother)
Connally, Marian
Gregory, Mr.
La France, Alma A.
La France, Arson (bro)
La France, Baird (son)
La France, Delina (bro)
La France, Dennis (bro)
La France, Dora (dau)
La France, Edna (sis)
La France, Ernest (bro)
La France, Francis (father)
La France, Fred (bro)
La France, George
La France, Gilbert
La France, Helen (dau)
La France, Henry L. (bro)
La France, Joseph (bro)
La France, Lawrence (son)
La France, Margaueritt (dau)
La France, Mary (sis)
La France, Myrtle (dau)
La France, Mone V. (sis)
La France, Napoleon (subject)
La France, Neomia (dau)
La France, Peter (brO)
La France, Robert (son)
La France, Wendel (son)
La France, Wilford (bro)
La France, Zorell (sis)
Lawrence, P.M.
McDonnett, Mary
Mulhull, Ella
Mulhull, James
Roscoe, Sarah
Strong, Edward H.
Tauchett, Rosa (wife)
Subjects Referenced
Anscomb House
Banks, village, MI
Bay City, MI
Birdsall & Barker Co.
Chatham, Canada
Detroit, MI
Eddy Bros. Co.
La France & Son Co.
Minneapolis Bldg Loan
Montreal, Canada
Washington Theatre
West Bay City, MI
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