- Neuchatel, Kansas
Bonjour and allied families
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and allied families
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Society and Museum
(build at the time
of the"Junod Milling Company")
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1850, a few members of the Bonjour family of Lignières, NE, emigrated
to the USA. They settled in Nemaha County, founded a township and,
when time was ready to open a Post Office, named it Neuchatel, in memory
of their home county.
information on this family was sourced essentially from
documents found in the State Archives of Neuchâtel,
as well as from living descendants of this Branch in the
1878, Neuchatel township had a population of 392, down
to 117 at the 2000 Census!
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Who lives where in Neuchatel ? : see this map.
of 1876, a member of our family, Paul Aimé Junod
(1846-1918) joined this community His departure is delayed by the sudden
death of his first wife, Hortense Victoire Samson.
Emigrated in 1876, he came back to Switzerland, married Sophie Bertha
(1850-1930) and together came to settle
in Neuchatel, Nemaha, KS in 1877 with his three sons, from Paul
Aimé's first marriage.
this second voyage, he was accompanied by cousins Alexandre Junod
(1843-1923), Alfred, Aimé and Zélim Bonjour.
(click to enlarge)
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father) had 4 daughters of a first marriage. One of them,
Louise Aimée (1822-1877) married Ferdinand Auguste
(1823-1863) and one of their children was Zélim Auguste
(1848-1913) who also settled in Neuchatel, KS.
Aimé first lived a year in the house that was to become the
one of Charles Bonjour, before buying the one that would later
be the house of
of Paul Aimé Junod:
a picture taken in March 2013 in Lignières,
of the old family farmhouse called "Les
purchased by Jean-Pierre Junod, the great-great grand father of Paul
Aimé on the 12 February 1724, for 150 écus (click to enlarge).
table - 4 generations
Initial Events in Neuchatel, KS
settlements in Neuchatel, KS : spring of 1857, Charles
birth : Charles Ami Bonjour, September 20, 1857
school house : a log house, built by the settlers, date
not given, between
1857 and 1866
marriage : 1863, Charles Auguste Bonjour and Louise Zürcher
post office : Neuchatel, 8th August 1864, Alfred Bonjour, postmaster (closed 15 May 1901)
business : General store, 1867, A. Bonjour & Co.
church : 1871, Presbyterian
population in 1878 : 392
population in 2000 : 117 (density 1/km2)
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our distant cousins...
visited Neuchatel & Onaga in
1995, 1997, 2003 and in July, 2010.
The March 2003 trip gave me the opportunity to spend a day and a half in Des Moines, Iowa, where a branch of the Neuchatel Kansas Junod family settled back in 1947. Great time spent with real nice people: warmest Thanks Michelle, Stan, Steven, Sharon, Suzy and families ...
special word of appreciation to Kirk Junod for his hospitality
(2010), his family (Peggy, Logan, Mary, Matt); Merle & Lawrence
Bonjour (the "Bonjour boys"); Wilbur & Norma
Jeanneret; Joan Kolterman-Kuehl and her family; Walter
"Buba" Junod of Soldier, KS and his tasty beefburgers;
Bob Mars and Joe Harder of the Onaga Herald; not to forget Paula, Michelle
and Jim Brand in Kearney as well as Francis and Doris Kuehl of Onaga, KS (2003) and their families for the friendship and great hospitality, meeting the Hallier family... Time went all too fast....
During the 2010 trip, I took the opportunity to drop-by Leeton, MO, home of descendants of the Descombes and Gauchat families from Lignières who settled in the area around 1820, respectively 1870. Leeton is approximately 4 hours drive South-East of Neuchatel, KS.
Many thanks to Bob Wyatt, Junior Gauchat, Larry Descombes and their families for their warm welcome.
9th November 2014 - the documentary film on Neuchatel (KS) is presented to the public
There was once a town in Kansas named ... Neuchatel !
Of the origin of Neuchâtel its earliest inhabitants, there remains only names: the "Bonjour", the "Junod", the "Jeanneret" ...
Considered a ghost town, Neuchatel (Kansas) knows today hardly any community life, other than in the cemetery ...
A fascinating documentary, at once tender and offbeat, on "very distant cousins".
A REC Production documentary film, previewon Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 10.30 AM, Cinema Scala in La Chaux-de-Fonds and at 3 PM, Cinema Bio in Neuchâtel
In movie theatres as of December 17th, 2014 at 6:15 PM, Cinema Scala in La Chaux-de-Fonds and Cinema Bio in Neuchâtel.
Read here (in French) the full page article on page 3 (!) by Mrs C. Favre, published December 12th, 2014 in the local main newspapers L'Express and L'Impartial for the launch of the film
See here a short 1'39" trailer of the film.