Leon DeBroux

Leon Joseph DeBroux (1901 - 1982)

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Leon Joseph DeBroux
Born in Phlox, Langlade, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 27 Jul 1921 in Phlox, Langlade, Wisconsinmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Port Washington, Ozaukee, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 13 Jan 2019 | Created 26 Aug 2011
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Biography

Leon was born on 2 November 1901 in the small town of Phlox, Langlade County, Wisconsin, which is very much the near center of the state. His parents were Joseph & Mary Philomene (LAURENT) DeBROUX. He had 5 brothers all with the middle name of Joseph and 2 sisters all with the middle name of Margaret.

Leon’s father passed away in 1918 in Phlox. Sometime between then and 1920, the family moved to DePere near Green Bay in Brown County to live with Leon’s aunt and uncle. About a year later, Leon was back in Phlox, this time marrying a local girl, Mildred Vida VAN PRICE[1]. At the time, he was listed as being a “cheese maker." It may have been a rushed wedding, who knows, but the couple did have a child in September 1921. Sadly, the child did not make it. Two years later in 1923, their first son, Norbert, was born. He was better know later as “Dee Bee.” In 1927, my grandmother, Marjorie, was born after the family had moved south to Port Washington in Ozaukee County, where they would stay.

In 1940, Leon was listed as a laborer at the local chair factory[2], the Wisconsin Chair Company. By the 1950s, Leon was making a living as an AFL-CIO union organizer. His name is mentioned many times in local stories about helping workers around the area.[3]

One big thing that Leon was part of in Ozaukee County was getting the local hospital built.[4] At the time, in 1938, there was no local hospital. Discussions were started after an accident in the area that cost the lives of five people because they had to go to outside hospitals. A few people, including Leon, met at his house in 1938 to figure out how to get a hospital built. In 1939, all of the planning came together and the building of a hospital was approved with the cornerstone being laid on November 3rd, 1940. St. Alphonsus Hosptial opened on May 1, 1941.

On 15 September 1982, Leon had a heart attack and passed away in Port Washington at the same hospital he helped build.[5] He is buried in Port Washington at St. Mary’s Cemetery overlooking the rural fields of Ozaukee County.[6]

Sources

  1. Marriage Certificate, State of Wisconsin, 27 July 1921, Leon DeBroux & Mildred Van Price
  2. 1940 U.S. Census, , pop. sch., Port Washington, Ozaukee, Wisconsin, ED 45-12, Sheet 8A, Household 156, Leon DeBroux
  3. Sheboygan (Wisconsin) Press, June 1953, "PORT WASHINGTON — Employees of the Harnischfeger Corporation, houses division, N. Spring St., Port Washington, voted recently to become affiliated with the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (AFL). Their vote was 92 for joining, 16 against, according to Leon DeBroux of Port Washington, union organizer who started on this project in May."
  4. "New Port Washington Hospital Is Dedicated With Fine Ceremonies", Sheboygan (Wisconsin) Press, April 28, 1941
  5. Certificate of Death, State of Wisconsin, 15 Sep 1982, Leon DeBroux, Vol 487 Page 303 No 203
  6. Find A Grave: Memorial #5182226, Leon J DeBroux, accessed 20 Dec 2017


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