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Bonjour and allied families
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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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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.
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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
church : 1871, Presbyterian
school house : a log house, built by the settlers, date
not given, between
1857 and 1866
marriage : 1863, Charles Auguste Bonjour and Louise Zürcher
birth : Charles Ami Bonjour, September 20, 1857
business : General store, 1867, A. Bonjour & Co.
post office : Neuchatel, 8th August 1864, Alfred Bonjour, postmaster (closed 15 May 1901)
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.
special word of appreciation 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; not to forget Paula, Michelle
in Kearney (and their hospitality) and the Hallier family.
Time went all too fast....
2010, I took the opportunity to visit Leeton (MO) where I met some of the descendants of the Descombes and Gauchat
families from Lignières, established in this region, just
4 hours away from Neuchatel, KS. Many thanks to Bob Wyatt,
Junior Gauchat, Larry Descombes and their families.
March 2003 trip gave me the opportunity to spend a day
and a half in Des Moines, Iowa, where a branch of this
settled back in 1947. Great time spent with real nice people:
warmest Thanks Michelle, Stan, Steven, Sharon, Suzy - also Francis and Doris Kuehl of Onaga, KS and their families
for the friendship and great hospitality !