HENRY LE BEAU

Source: Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County, Illinois with Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended (Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving Co., 1895), pp. 465-466

HENRY LE BEAU, Superintendent of the factory of the Alsip Brick Company at Blue Island, was born in Danielsonville, Conn., on the 22d of March, 1853. His parents, Paul and Margaret (Fischer) Le Beau, were also natives of the Nutmeg State, and were of French descent. The mother is now deceased, having passed away in Canada in 1885. The father resides at Sultan Flats, Canada, where he is engaged in farming. The family of this worthy couple numbered ten children, namely: Paul, Nelson and Thomas, all of whom reside in Canada; Henry of this sketch; Armeddie, who makes his home in Canada; Fred, who is living in Vermont; Joseph, a resident of Blue Island; Josephine, wife of Peter Le Beau, of Blue Island; Margaret, whose home is in Massachusetts; and Mary, also a resident of Canada.

At the age of four years Henry Le Beau accompanied his parents on their removal to Canada, where the days of his boyhood and youth were passed. He received a limited education in French, and remained at home until twenty-one years of age, when he began learning the carpenter’s trade. In 1874, he started westward and took up his residence in Nebraska, where he spent about a year. In 1875 he came to Chicago and secured a situation in the Alsip Brick Yard, then located at Thirty-ninth street. With that firm he has since continued, one of their trusted and faithful employes. He began in a most humble position, but his merit and fidelity to duty have continually won him promotion, until he has now reached the position of foreman of the yards at Blue Island, having thus served since the factory was started in 1892. He has under his control one hundred and twenty-five men, and ably manages the works, which are a paying investment.

In 1873, Mr. Le Beau was united in marriage with Miss Addie Lasont, a native of Canada, and their union has been blessed with three children, a son and two daughters, Napoleon, Addie and Mary. Mr. and Mrs. Le Beau are both members of the Catholic Church. The former gives but little attention to political affairs, devoting his undivided efforts to the success of the business of which he has charge. Having learned every detail thereof by practical experience, he is amply fitted for the responsible position  which he is so ably and satisfactorily filling.

— Submitted by Sherri Hessick on May 5, 2001

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