Alfred W. Pettibone moved to Wisconsin with his family when he was fourteen years old, in 1849. He was the tenth child of Hiram Pettibone, and was eighteen years younger than his brother Chauncey. As a youth Alfred may have worked in his brother Chauncey's dry goods store but soon after his twentieth birthday he set out for the west, where goldmining fever was still prevalent, and spent two years in California and British Columbia. He returned to Lodi, Wisconsin, and married in 1860 Lucy Peabody, the sister of Chauncey's wife Carolyn, who happened to be the ninth child in her family and was also eighteen years younger than her sister Carolyn. In 1865 Alfred and his family moved to Ripon, and Alfred built a large store called the Pettibone Block in which he operated a dry goods business. He built a second, adjoining, building in 1872. All was going very well, until tragedy struck. In 1873 Lucy died in childbirth. Alfred was left with three chiildren aged ten, six, and one, plus a new baby. At this sad time of mixed emotions, Chauncey and Carolyn Pettibone, both of whom were in their fifties, offered to adopt the new baby and raise him as their own. They still had three daughters living at home aged twenty, fifteen, and twelve.
The offer was gratefully accepted, and Louis became a permanent member of the family of his Uncle Chauncey.
Alfred married a second time in 1875. In 1880 he and his family, then consisting of his second wife, the oldest three children of his first marriage, and the three-year old daughter of his second marriage, moved to Leadville, Colorado, re-establishing his dry goods business at that location. At some time after that, Alfred and his family moved to New Whatcom in the State of Washington. His death date is not known, but it was after 1883, when his last daughter, Lucy, was born, and before 1900, when his wife Flora and and his daughter Lucy were living alone in New Whatcom, Washington, according to the U.S. Census of 1900 of that state. 
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