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James Van-Renselaer LECLAIR
 1862 - 1926

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  • Birth  13 Feb 1862  Colden, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Buried  28 Mar 1923  Lewiston, Nez Perce, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  26 Mar 1926  Lewiston, Nez Perce, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Cause: Embolism after hemorrhoid operation 
    Person ID  I52435  Brainard (Brainerd) / Foster / Fish
    Last Modified  27 Mar 2005 00:00:00 
    Family  Jessie Ethel FISH, b. 3 Oct 1872, Racine, Racine, Wisconsin  
    Married  24 Oct 1894  West Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    >1. Frederick Fish LECLAIR, b. 11 Aug 1896, Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin
     2. Titus George LECLAIR, b. 26 Aug 1899, Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin
     3. James Van-Renselaer LECLAIR, b. 8 Dec 1902, Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin
     4. Robert Alexander LECLAIR, b. 10 Jun 1909, Lewiston, Nez Perce, Idaho
    Family ID  F22777  Group Sheet
  • Notes 
    • Information from Marriage Certificate:
      James Van-Renselaer LeClair and Jessie Ethel Fish were married onOctober 24, 1894 at 12 noon at the Protestant Episcopal Church by HenrySheridan (rector, from Duluth Minnesota). Witnesses were Algeroy F.LeClair (father) and Helen A. White. James occupation is listed asLumberman with a residence in West Superior, Wisconsin. Parent's namesare Algeroy LeClair & Jenett Folsom and Titus G. Fish & Rosamond Packard.He was born in Colden, New York, Jessie in Superior, Wisconsin.
      James V. LeClair purchased 160 acres of land in Wisconsin in 1902from the US Government for $400. The Cash Entry #6406 was recorded forSection 32, 45 North 8 West in Volume 27, Page 141 on July 3, 1902. Theland purchased was covered with a growth of timber stated to be worthabout $500.00. His witnesses were A.R. Mills, B. Van Vlek, E.A. LeClair(his older brother), and H. W. Gilbert. At this time he home was 1809Winter Street, West Superior, Douglas Co., Wisconsin. He listed hisoccupation as Lumberman. As of April 3, 1901 he listed his age as 39, andbirthplace as New York.
      According to the US Census of 1910, taken on April 23, the LeClairfamily was residing in Lewiston, Idaho. James was 48 and Jessie 37, andthey had been married for 15 years. They had four sons: Fred F. 13, TitusJ. 10, James V. 7 and Philip (this was actually Robert) 10 months. Thethree older boys were born in Wisconsin attending school and could readand write. The youngest was born in Idaho. James' occupation is listed aslumber wholesaler, and an employer. He owned his own home free and clear.It seemed to be professional neighborhood with Charles Smith, a specialagent for the Department of Justice, a lumber dealer, bank examiner,office manager and dentist. Also living with the family was the widowRosamund Fish (Jessie's mother).
      Information from the Orofino newspaper in 1920-24 indicates that J.V. was highly regarded--his name was mentioned as often as one of themore famous logging and forest service pioneers. Jessie, from thoseaccounts, was also present on the scene.
      Obituary dated Tuesday March 27, 1923 (no paper name, probably ofLewiston):
      Well-known Lumberman Succumbs After Operation
      Critical for a Day
      Long afflicted but Uncomplaining With Friends Who Hardly suspectedAffliction
      James V. LeClair, 701 Sixth avenue, one of Lewiston’s best knowncitizens, died at 7:20 O’clock last evening at St. Joseph’s hospital,death resulting from an empola, following an operation for piles on lastFriday. On Saturday Mr. LeClair seemed to be showing signs ofimprovement, but on Sunday his condition took a turn for the worse, andgradually reached the critical state, and yesterday the attendingphysicians held out but little hope for his recovery.
      With his family, Mr. LeClair came to Lewiston about 18 years ago,first engaging himself in conducting a laundry. After this businesssuffered a total loss by fire he entered the timber business and forabout 16 years this received his constant attention. He was a man ofhighest character and lofty ideals, and one given very much to his wife,his children and his home, for wherein their happiness lay his was alsothere.
      Mr. LeClair had been a sufferer from the disease that finally causedhis death for some years, but he was uncomplaining and but few outsidehis immediate family were aware that he was not at all times enjoyingperfect health. Up to last Wednesday he was at Weippe, returning toLewiston on that day owing to his not feeling well.
      Only a few days ago it was announced from Weippe, where he conducteda sawmill, that a cut of 2,000,000 feet would be made this year at hismill, and in view of this he spent most of his time in the section wherehis timber interests were, and just at a time when his plans were on theverge of successful culmination, death intervened.
      Mr. LeClair was 61 years old on Feb. 13, 1923. He was a native of NewYork state, but the early part of his life was spent at Black PowderFalls and Superior, Wisconsin, his marriage to Jesse Ethel Fish takingplace at Superior on October 24, 1894, with four sons survive, thesebeing Fred, Titus, James and Robert. Mr. LeClair was member of theLewiston Consistory No. 2. Knights of Templar.
      Arrangements for the funeral will be known later.
      According to the death Certificate James V. LeClair died of an embolism 2days after an operation for hemorrhoids. His father is listed as AlfredLeClair (sic) with Jennette Folsom as the mother, both of New York. Hisson Fred was the informant. Occupation is listed as Lumber-Man employedat a saw mill. Burial was in Lewiston on 28 Mar 1923.
  • Sources 
    1. [S670] Society of Mayflower Descendants, Mayflower Index #15922.

    2. [S671] State of Idaho Vital Records, Registration No. 267 (02844).
      Died 26 March 1923

    3. [S673] State of Wisconsin Vital Records, Registration No. 267 (02844).
      Married 24 Oct 1894 in West Superior Wisconsin


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