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Marie-Louise Susanne (Deguire Dit LaRose) Lalumondière was born in 1762 in Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri United States. She was married to Joseph Lalumondiere Dit LaFleur, and had children François Lalumondiere Dit LaFleur, Bazile Lalumondiere Dit LaFleur, Marie Louise (Lalumondiere) Laplante, Joseph Eli Lalumondiere, Antoine Emanuel Lalumondiere, Dominique Lalumondiere, Jean-Baptiste Lalumondière, and Vital Lalumondière. Marie-Louise Lalumondière died at age 48 years old on October 3, 1811 in Ste. Genevieve. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Marie-Louise Susanne (Deguire Dit LaRose) Lalumondière.
Clementine Marie (Lalumondiere) LaRose was born on January 10, 1837 in Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri United States, and died at age 86 years old on June 20, 1923. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Clementine Marie (Lalumondiere) LaRose.
Charles Roy Larose was born on January 5, 1840 in Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri United States, and died at age 65 years old on December 12, 1905 in Festus, Jefferson County. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Charles Roy LaRose.
Marie Mary Elizabeth (LaRose) Bequette was born on July 23, 1853 in Missouri United States. She was married to Peter Francis-Xavier Bequette, and had children Mary Aveline (Bequette) Murphy, Emma Buena (Bequette) Stroup, John Ferdinand Bequette, Judie Bequette, Julia Isabelle (Bequette) Miner, Mary Ellen "Minnie" (Bequette) Graves, and Mary S. Bequette. Marie Bequette died at age 85 years old on June 24, 1939. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Marie Mary Elizabeth (LaRose) Bequette.
Le Roy S LaRose of St Clair County, Illinois United States was born circa 1855. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Le Roy S LaRose.
John Larose of Pennsylvania was born on December 9, 1869, and died at age 92 years old in November 1962.
Arthur Larose was born on October 1, 1871, and died at age 83 years old in June 1955.
Alabama Larose of Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California was born on August 16, 1871, and died at age 100 years old in July 1972.
Carolyn Larose of New Hampshire was born on November 8, 1873, and died at age 89 years old in January 1963.
Mary Alice (LaRose) Porter was born on December 29, 1873 in Bloomsdale, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri United States to Clementine Marie (Lalumondiere) LaRose and Charles Roy LaRose, and had a sister Maggie LaRose. She married Charles Edward Porter, and had a child Margaret Clementine (Porter) Webb. Mary Porter died at age 87 years old on December 28, 1961. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Mary Alice (LaRose) Porter.
John Larose of Connecticut was born on May 22, 1875, and died at age 89 years old in December 1964.
Nellie Larose of Saint Louis, Saint Louis County, Missouri was born on December 23, 1876, and died at age 94 years old in April 1971.

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Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman
Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman of Portland, Maine United States was born in 1913 in Portland to Francis Joseph "Frank" La Rose and Margaret (Wiley) LaRose. She had siblings Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen, Charles William LaRose, Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss, Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill, Francis Joseph Larose Jr., Richard LaRose, and William Thomas LaRose. Catherine Parkman died at age 70 years old in May 1984 in Portland.
Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen
Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen of Falmouth, Cumberland County, ME was born on January 17, 1912 to Francis Joseph "Frank" La Rose and Margaret (Wiley) LaRose. She had siblings Charles William LaRose, Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss, Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill, Francis Joseph Larose Jr., Richard LaRose, William Thomas LaRose, and Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman. Margaret Fredriksen died at age 72 years old in December 1984.
Francis Joseph "Frank" La Rose
Francis Joseph "Frank" Rose of Portland, Maine United States was born on November 5, 1885 in Portland. He was in a relationship with Margaret (Wiley) LaRose, and had children Francis Joseph Larose Jr., William Thomas LaRose, Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen, Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman, Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss, Charles William LaRose, Richard LaRose, and Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill. Francis Rose died at age 56 years old on October 21, 1942 in Portland.
Margaret (Wiley) LaRose
Margaret (Wiley) LaRose of Portland, Maine United States was born on August 22, 1888 in Portland. She was in a relationship with Francis Joseph "Frank" La Rose, and had children Francis Joseph Larose Jr., William Thomas LaRose, Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen, Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman, Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss, Charles William LaRose, Richard LaRose, and Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill. Margaret LaRose died at age 69 years old on November 23, 1957 in Portland.
Francis Joseph Larose Jr.
Francis Joseph Larose Jr. of Gloucester, Essex County, MA was born on January 3, 1908, and died at age 58 years old in April 1966.
William Thomas LaRose
William Thomas LaRose of Portland, Maine United States was born on November 8, 1909 in Portland to Francis Joseph "Frank" La Rose and Margaret (Wiley) LaRose. He had siblings Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen, Charles William LaRose, Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss, Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill, Francis Joseph Larose Jr., Richard LaRose, and Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman. William LaRose died at age 55 years old on September 30, 1965 in Newton, MA.
Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss
Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss was born on August 30, 1917, and died at age 58 years old in February 1976.
Charles William LaRose
Charles William Larose of South Portland, Cumberland County, ME was born on December 22, 1919 in Portland to Francis Joseph "Frank" La Rose and Margaret (Wiley) LaRose. He had siblings Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen, Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss, Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill, Francis Joseph Larose Jr., Richard LaRose, William Thomas LaRose, and Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman. Charles Larose married Margaret M "Peggy" (McDonald) on May 7, 1960 in South Portland, Cumberland County, and they were married until Charles' death in January 1985.
Margaret M "Peggy" (McDonald)
SOUTH PORTLAND -- Margaret M. LaRose, 88 of Kaler Road, South Portland passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, May 11, 2013. She was born September 28, 1924 in Portland, the daughter of the late John and Margaret D. McDonald and attended school in South Portland, graduating from South Portland High School in 1942. She also attended Shaw's Business College in Portland. She was employed as a secretary in the Special Education department for Portland Public Schools, retiring in 1987 and had also worked for many years for the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company and New England Telephone Company. Her hobbies included reading, needlework, traveling and gardening and she was a communicant of Holy Cross Church and a member of the Osewantha Garden Club. She was predeceased by her husband Charles W. LaRose who died in 1985 and two brothers, John McDonald and Joseph McDonald. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 17 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, South Portland, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 13, 2013
Arthur J Larose of Woodstock, Windham County, CT was born on July 9, 1922, and died at age 74 years old on December 8, 1996.
Mary Alice (LaRose) Porter was born on December 29, 1873 in Bloomsdale, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri United States to Clementine Marie (Lalumondiere) LaRose and Charles Roy LaRose, and had a sister Maggie LaRose. She married Charles Edward Porter, and had a child Margaret Clementine (Porter) Webb. Mary Porter died at age 87 years old on December 28, 1961. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Mary Alice (LaRose) Porter.
Maggie J (LaRose) Donnelly Huck of Crystal City, Jefferson County, Missouri United States was born in 1877 to Clementine Marie (Lalumondiere) LaRose and Charles Roy LaRose. Maggie Donnelly Huck has a sister Mary Alice (LaRose) Porter.
Charles Roy Larose was born on January 5, 1840 in Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri United States, and died at age 65 years old on December 12, 1905 in Festus, Jefferson County. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Charles Roy LaRose.
Eliana F (LaRose) of Lakeland, Florida United States was born on December 19, 2003 in Waterbury, CT. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Eliana F LaRose.
Michelle (Crowley) LaRose of Los Angeles, California United States was born on June 24, 1971 at New Britain General in New Britain, CT. Michelle was baptized circa July 2014 at The Tabernacle Christian Church 1445 West St, in Southington, Hartford County.
Robert J LaRose Sr. of Watertown, Connecticut United States was born on May 16, 1974 in Waterbury. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Robert J LaRose Sr..
Robert J LaRose Jr was born on August 13, 1999 in New Britain, Connecticut United States. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Robert J LaRose Jr .
Robert J LaRose Jr. was born on August 13, 1999 in New Britain, Connecticut United States. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Robert J LaRose Jr..
Richard LaRose
Richard LaRose was born on December 25, 1921 in Portland, Maine United States to Francis Joseph "Frank" La Rose and Margaret (Wiley) LaRose, and had siblings Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen, Charles William LaRose, Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss, Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill, Francis Joseph Larose Jr., William Thomas LaRose, and Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman. Richard LaRose died at age 97 years old on May 19, 2019 in South Portland. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Richard LaRose.
Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill
Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill of Southwick, Hampden County, MA was born on December 27, 1923 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine United States, and died at age 85 years old on December 12, 2009 in Agawam, Hampden County, MA. Dorothy Gill was buried in Springfield.

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Charles Roy Larose was born on January 5, 1840 in Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri United States, and died at age 65 years old on December 12, 1905 in Festus, Jefferson County. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Charles Roy LaRose.
Mary Alice (LaRose) Porter was born on December 29, 1873 in Bloomsdale, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri United States to Clementine Marie (Lalumondiere) LaRose and Charles Roy LaRose, and had a sister Maggie LaRose. She married Charles Edward Porter, and had a child Margaret Clementine (Porter) Webb. Mary Porter died at age 87 years old on December 28, 1961. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Mary Alice (LaRose) Porter.
Adolphus G LaRose
Adolphus G Larose was born on March 10, 1915 to Emma Larose and Joseph Larose, and had siblings Albert Larose, Beatrice Larose, Howard Larose, and Leroy Larose. He was in a relationship with Anna Larose, and had children Rachelle Emma Larose and Joseph Patrick Larose. Adolphus Larose died at age 50 years old in May 1965. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Adolphus G LaRose.
Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Nathan LaRose.
Michelle Larose was born to Diane LaRose (Née Bessette) and David LaRose, and has a brother Nathan LaRose. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Michelle LaRose.
Marie Mary Elizabeth (LaRose) Bequette was born on July 23, 1853 in Missouri United States. She was married to Peter Francis-Xavier Bequette, and had children Mary Aveline (Bequette) Murphy, Emma Buena (Bequette) Stroup, John Ferdinand Bequette, Judie Bequette, Julia Isabelle (Bequette) Miner, Mary Ellen "Minnie" (Bequette) Graves, and Mary S. Bequette. Marie Bequette died at age 85 years old on June 24, 1939. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Marie Mary Elizabeth (LaRose) Bequette.
Robert J LaRose Jr. was born on August 13, 1999 in New Britain, Connecticut United States. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Robert J LaRose Jr..
Michelle (Crowley) LaRose of Los Angeles, California United States was born on June 24, 1971 at New Britain General in New Britain, CT. Michelle was baptized circa July 2014 at The Tabernacle Christian Church 1445 West St, in Southington, Hartford County.
Maggie J (LaRose) Donnelly Huck of Crystal City, Jefferson County, Missouri United States was born in 1877 to Clementine Marie (Lalumondiere) LaRose and Charles Roy LaRose. Maggie Donnelly Huck has a sister Mary Alice (LaRose) Porter.
Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill
Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill of Southwick, Hampden County, MA was born on December 27, 1923 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine United States, and died at age 85 years old on December 12, 2009 in Agawam, Hampden County, MA. Dorothy Gill was buried in Springfield.
Margaret (Wiley) LaRose
Margaret (Wiley) LaRose of Portland, Maine United States was born on August 22, 1888 in Portland. She was in a relationship with Francis Joseph "Frank" La Rose, and had children Francis Joseph Larose Jr., William Thomas LaRose, Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen, Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman, Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss, Charles William LaRose, Richard LaRose, and Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill. Margaret LaRose died at age 69 years old on November 23, 1957 in Portland.
Charles William LaRose
Charles William Larose of South Portland, Cumberland County, ME was born on December 22, 1919 in Portland to Francis Joseph "Frank" La Rose and Margaret (Wiley) LaRose. He had siblings Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen, Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss, Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill, Francis Joseph Larose Jr., Richard LaRose, William Thomas LaRose, and Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman. Charles Larose married Margaret M "Peggy" (McDonald) on May 7, 1960 in South Portland, Cumberland County, and they were married until Charles' death in January 1985.
Francis Joseph "Frank" La Rose
Francis Joseph "Frank" Rose of Portland, Maine United States was born on November 5, 1885 in Portland. He was in a relationship with Margaret (Wiley) LaRose, and had children Francis Joseph Larose Jr., William Thomas LaRose, Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen, Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman, Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss, Charles William LaRose, Richard LaRose, and Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill. Francis Rose died at age 56 years old on October 21, 1942 in Portland.
Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen
Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen of Falmouth, Cumberland County, ME was born on January 17, 1912 to Francis Joseph "Frank" La Rose and Margaret (Wiley) LaRose. She had siblings Charles William LaRose, Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss, Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill, Francis Joseph Larose Jr., Richard LaRose, William Thomas LaRose, and Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman. Margaret Fredriksen died at age 72 years old in December 1984.
Robert J LaRose Sr. of Watertown, Connecticut United States was born on May 16, 1974 in Waterbury. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Robert J LaRose Sr..
Margaret M "Peggy" (McDonald)
SOUTH PORTLAND -- Margaret M. LaRose, 88 of Kaler Road, South Portland passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, May 11, 2013. She was born September 28, 1924 in Portland, the daughter of the late John and Margaret D. McDonald and attended school in South Portland, graduating from South Portland High School in 1942. She also attended Shaw's Business College in Portland. She was employed as a secretary in the Special Education department for Portland Public Schools, retiring in 1987 and had also worked for many years for the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company and New England Telephone Company. Her hobbies included reading, needlework, traveling and gardening and she was a communicant of Holy Cross Church and a member of the Osewantha Garden Club. She was predeceased by her husband Charles W. LaRose who died in 1985 and two brothers, John McDonald and Joseph McDonald. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 17 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, South Portland, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 13, 2013
Eliana F (LaRose) of Lakeland, Florida United States was born on December 19, 2003 in Waterbury, CT. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Eliana F LaRose.
Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman
Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman of Portland, Maine United States was born in 1913 in Portland to Francis Joseph "Frank" La Rose and Margaret (Wiley) LaRose. She had siblings Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen, Charles William LaRose, Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss, Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill, Francis Joseph Larose Jr., Richard LaRose, and William Thomas LaRose. Catherine Parkman died at age 70 years old in May 1984 in Portland.
Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss
Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss was born on August 30, 1917, and died at age 58 years old in February 1976.
William Thomas LaRose
William Thomas LaRose of Portland, Maine United States was born on November 8, 1909 in Portland to Francis Joseph "Frank" La Rose and Margaret (Wiley) LaRose. He had siblings Margaret Edith (LaRose) Fredriksen, Charles William LaRose, Alice Evelyn (LaRose) Corliss, Dorothy Rita (LaRose) Gill, Francis Joseph Larose Jr., Richard LaRose, and Catherine C (LaRose) Parkman. William LaRose died at age 55 years old on September 30, 1965 in Newton, MA.

Larose Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Larose family member is 71.0 years old according to our database of 2,236 people with the last name Larose that have a birth and death date listed.

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71.0 years

Oldest Laroses

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Albert S Larose of Coventry, Kent County, RI was born on August 17, 1899, and died at age 106 years old on July 12, 2006.
106 years
Emma Larose of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, MN was born on April 23, 1889, and died at age 104 years old on April 19, 1994.
104 years
Edna C Larose of Redford, Wayne County, MI was born on December 6, 1883, and died at age 103 years old on September 27, 1987.
103 years
Eva R Larose of West Hartford, Hartford County, CT was born on August 17, 1891, and died at age 103 years old on January 9, 1995.
103 years
Romeo Leonel Larose of Greenwood, Greenwood County, SC was born on November 11, 1907, and died at age 103 years old on February 26, 2011.
103 years
Mary A Larose of Citrus Heights, Sacramento County, CA was born on December 1, 1897, and died at age 102 years old on May 3, 2000.
102 years
Hazel Larose of East Wenatchee, Douglas County, WA was born on November 6, 1906, and died at age 101 years old on October 28, 2008.
101 years
Alabama Larose of Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California was born on August 16, 1871, and died at age 100 years old in July 1972.
100 years
Ethel M Larose of Alice, Jim Wells County, TX was born on June 20, 1887, and died at age 100 years old on February 27, 1988.
100 years
Rhea A Larose of South Hadley, Hampshire County, MA was born on March 29, 1896, and died at age 100 years old on March 14, 1997.
100 years
Albertha M Larose of Holyoke, Hampden County, MA was born on June 4, 1892, and died at age 100 years old in January 1993.
100 years
Margaret Larose of Visalia, Tulare County, California was born on September 11, 1884, and died at age 99 years old in February 1984.
99 years
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Prohibition
Prohibition was a turbulent time in United States history, a time when the bootlegger, the “speakeasy” and the gangster became popular institutions throughout America, especially in the east. During prohibition it was illegal to manufacture, sell or consume alcohol. Organized crime flourished corrupting almost every level of government. There was money to be made in the sale, manufacturing, transporting of alcohol and its related industries. The LaRose brothers were no exception as they expanded their trucking company to transport Canadian alcohol to the thirsty American market, even if it was illegal.
One could assume the LaRose brother’s ties with relatives in Canada enhance their new lucrative opportunity of transporting whiskey to the United States. Joseph Edward LaRose house in Putnam, Connecticut was used by his brothers as a as rest stop during their arduous journeys.
According to Theresa daughter of Joseph Edward LaRose the big black canvas covered trucks loaded with whiskey would back into the narrow driveway along the house for the night. After a hardy meals prepared by my grandmother Alphonsine, Joseph brothers would retire in the parlor for a much needed rest. Joseph guarded the trucks sitting in his rocker with a shotgun across his lap. My grandmother, Alphonsine and her children, Theresa and Dorothy usually stayed up all night with Joseph watching and afraid to sleep while Joseph brothers slept soundly in the parlor. Sunrise was a welcoming sight as the trucks rolled out of the driveway, their illegal cargo destination unknown. It wasn’t until the end of Prohibition in 1933, that Edward was able to put his shotgun away and the all night vigils ended.
Written by Paul Fronczek grandson of Edward LaRose based on narrative stories from his mother Theresa,
The California Gold Rush of 1849

Putnam, Connecticut. Theresa (LaRose) Fronczek sat on the knee of her great Uncle listing to the tales of his travels and ventures of the California Gold Rush left a lasting impression on he. She looked up and saw a old man with a weather face and long white hair hanging down his back amaze at the stories he told her. These stories were passed on to me of what she could remember and of what I could remember. Unfortunately her stories related to this paragraph and a few other bits and pieces that I have remember over the years. His legacy from my memory is that he left Putnam for the California Gold Rush one would assume sometime shortly after 1849 when the migration began in the spring and found out that digging for gold was too hard work. He then started a Wild West Saloon in gold country offering whiskey and women of the evening to his clients. Through research the following is an account of what he might have told Theresa woven into her stories.
Newspapers across the county were filled with the stories of men who claimed to have become rich overnight by picking gold out of California’s Sacramento Valley wondrous earth during the summer of 1848. President James K. Polk sent a message to Congress in December confirmed the presence of gold in California. That winter, people from all walks of life set out for California pawing their possessions for stake money.
My great-great uncle LaRose was one of the forty-niners who departed Connecticut seeking his gold riches in California. One could imagine that he read one of many advertisements announcing a “Pioneer Passenger Train for California Overland by the South Pass”. Passage on a wagon train departing Independence, Missouri, using covered, elliptic-spring wagons, each seating six persons. The fares would be $200 and include one hundred pounds of baggage per person and rations for one hundred days. Or he might have read one of the many California guide books that the publishers were scrambling to print from St Lousi to the east coast. Information in the books was taken from dated government reports and the travels of earlier explores and other sources. Data in the books was nor very reliable.
Since the LaRose’s were entrepreneur and adventures, we could assume that he joined the first group of gold seekers led by Captain G.W. Paul of St. Louis on April 15, 1849. The party was made up of ten Missourians and easterners, plus a party from Upper Sandusky, Ohio. The party was the first to cross the Missouri River after the ice broke up in late March and allowed steamboat travel to resume. The party had to stop fifty miles beyond the Kansas River crossing because the spring grasses were not sufficient to feed the oxen.
I can recall my mother Theresa (LaRose) Fronczek saying that her uncle LaRose traveled to California making his way to Independence, Missouri where the Oregon Trail started. One would assume he was one of the thousand pioneers heading for the 2,000 mile Oregon Trail. The well traveled worn 2,000 mile long Oregon Trail to California through the Great Plains using either the Oregon or Mormon trail. By 1852, he was one of the 200,000 gold seekers who had managed to reach California one way or another. Travel was slow averaging around 3 miles per hour by wagon. He either traveled by oxen pulled wagon, horse, mule or walked. The oxen was the prefer animal to use because it was sure-footed, calm, less apt to be scared or to flounder in the mud or snow. Oxen cost less than a horse to purchase and maintain. Oxen could be maintained on a coarse diet of prairie grass and sage while a horse could not and had to be fed. Mules could make better speed than the horse or oxen, but did hot have the staying power of oxen. Since he was single, we could assume that he traveled on a cantankerous disposition mule. The journey took him about four and half months. A typical day’s travel was around twenty miles a day, stopping around midday to allow time for the animals to graze before bringing them into the camp area for the night. Evening meal was usually fried bacon and dough fried in the fat, with tea or coffee when fresh game was not available. There ware many who had perished along the way from chorea, illness or accident.
Upon reaching California, Uncle LaRose tried his hand at panning for gold and quickly decided that panning and digging was too hard. Since the LaRose’s are of the enterpreur sprit, Uncle LaRose determined his fortune could be made in operating one of the oldest professions, gambling and ladies of the evening. With this idea, Uncle LaRose found the financing to erect a haphazard canvas tent around 1849 or later most likely located in Old Hangtown now know as Placerville or he was in one of the other Sierra Mountain mining towns of Whiskey Bar, Jackass Gulch, Poker Flat, or Flapjack Canyon.. Each one of these frontier mining settlements were know to have salons of some sort within a year or so after gold was discovered. The majority of these towns sprang up over night and then quickly disappeared when the gold ran out.
By 1854, Old Hangtown was the third largest city in California with a population of 5,000 shop keepers, forty-niners and others. “Placer mining-picks, shovels, pans and sluice boxes coaxed about $1 million in gold from the streams around Old Handtown by 1852” says Rich Dvoracek, a local geologists and volunteer at the Gold Bug Park and Mine. It is estimated there was about 143 gold mines operating in and around Old Hangtown during the peak of the Gold Rush, from 1850 to 1851. “Figures run as high as $25 million for the value of gold that ultimately come out of Old Hangtown mines from the mid-1850’s to the mid-1870’s when hard rock quartz mining took over. This is where my great-great uncle LaRose made his fortune running a saloon with ladies of the evening according to my mother..
By 1851 gold became organized big business using the latest mining technology. These new large Eastern finance businesses began to replace the improvised group efforts of the forty-niners with professional miners and equipment. The majority of forty-niners remained in California too embarrassed to return home without riches, many of them returned to the occupations they held before their quest for gold in California. Except for my uncle, who returned to Putnam a wealth man on the newly completed transcontinental railroad sometime after 1869? My mother Theresa (LaRose) Fronczek remembers sitting on his lap of a very old mostly likely in the 80’s or older LaRose with long flowing white hair and beard telling her tales of his adventures in California He was quite a talker according to Theresa.

Written by Paul Fronczek based famly lore from his mother Theresa A. (LaRose) and historical research.
When my LaRose ancestors left LeHavre, France in the fall of 1856, Mari Anne LaRose took all of her important papers and put them in pockets made in her apron which she always wore under her dresses. In this way she knew where they were and that they were safe. Almost one hundred years later, the papers are still intact; although a little yellowed. Her idea to save these papers gives us a better idea of who she was. This women came to America at age 33 with a new husband and a child of 8yr. No one knows who the father of this child was; whether Mari Anne married him or had her child unwed. You can imagine the scandel that must have brought on if that was the case. Mari Anne married a German Jew named Aaron Mendel and he took her name. There is probably a story there but we don't yet know it.

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