Denis Perrault, California
Denis Perrault Age: between 17 an 20. Just after he migrated on foot from Saint.Alban, Quebec, Canada to Los Angeles, California.
On the back of the photo: "B.P. Batcheldor, Photographic Art Place, 183 El Dorado Street, Stocktown, Calif. Negative retained for future orders".
Denis Perrault went on foot from Saint-Alban, Quebec to Los Angeles (a trek of more than 5000 km) around 1875 to joint his older brother Joseph already at LA. He went through Marquette, Ohio and Omaha, Nebraska where he was caught in a war between Americans and Indians. Flying the war, he got lost for months. Having sent a lettre to his brother in LA, (a few days by train from Omaha to LA) he was considered dead after 4 or 5 months. A funeral service was held in Saint.Alban (by Father Trudel) without the corpse.
But Denis Perrault was not dead. Finally, on a quite night he heard the whistle of a train and was able to cross the track. He worked a few weeks in Nebraska, earned anough to take the train and reached Los Angeles. He found his brother faming in LA. probably in El Rancho La Providencia (today Burbank) from where he sent this photo to his family in Quebec. In spent his life farming as market gardener near LA and became quite wealthy. He was never married.
In 1878 he was first mentionned. In 1892 he was on a voters list in Los Angeles. In 1887, a notice in the Daily Alta California ask for remailing his mail to San Franscisco.
In 1893 he bought 12 acres of land in La Providencia (Burbank) from H. L. McNeil.
At the 1900 census, he is living in San Diego and his profession is "capitalist". (businessman). In 1912 he visited his family in Quebec, returned to California where he probably died. Any informations about his last years in California would be appreciated.
Mystery: Any additional informations on Denis Perrault would be appreciated.
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