Charles Dalton Pitre

1900 Cecilia, Louisiana 1971 Kennewick, Washington

 

 

Continuation of tree (6th child of Adam Ruphin 'Anatole' Pitre/Louisianne Rowen); all known surname descendants:

                9           Charles Dalton Pitre  b: 28 March 1900  Cecilia, St. Landry, LA; d: 1 December 1971  Kennewick, Benton, WA

                                          +Enola Guidry  b: 19 March 1896; m: Abt. 1926 [Rodolph/Helen ---]; d: 2 October 1973  Alexandria, Rapides, LA

                                 10             Frances Betty Pitre  b: 14 September 1927  Lafayette, Lafayette, LA; d: 17 August 2009  Alexandria, Rapides, LA

                                                    +Thomas Sinclair Waddell  b: 25 August 1923  Houston, Harris, TX; m: Abt. 1944 [Carroll A./Gladys Phillips]; d: 15 July 1974  Houston, Harris, TX

                                 10             Charles Dalton Pitre  b: Abt. 1932  Alexandria, Rapides, LA; d: 30 November 1950  Korea

 

                               *2nd Wife of Charles Dalton Pitre:

                                          +Elinor Frances Goodman (Weatherwax)  b: 15 June 1912  Marinette, Marinette, WI; m: 1948 [Albert/Mary Torchio]; d: 24 December 2005  Kennewick, Benton, WA

 

 

 Notes for Charles Dalton Pitre:

Census

- 1900 St. Martin, Louisiana:  Anatole Pitre 30 (farmer), wife of 10 years Louisiana 30, Celestine 9, Buela 7, Agnes 5, Viola 3, Dalton 1 month, father-in-law William Royan 70, brother-in-law John Royan 20.

 

- 1910

- 1920

- 1930

 

- 1940 Rigolette, Rapides, LA:  Chas. D. Pitre 40 commander/Camp Beauregard, wife Enola 44, Betty 12, Charles D. Jr. 8.

- 1950 Olympia, Thurston, Washington:  Charles D. Pitre 50, wife Elinor F. 37.

WWI registration records:  Charles Dalton Pitre; Lafayette, LA; born 28 Mar 1900; Mrs. L. S. Bronsson; light eyes & light hair.

World War II Army Enlistment Records:  Charles D Pitre; b. 1900; enlisted 25 November 1940; Infantry; Master Sergeant; 5'8", 150 lbs.

 

Misc.:  Weekly Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), Saturday, 22 June 1935:  (Keating promoted to lieutenant):  The members of the state detachment at Beauregard, commanded by (Master) Sergeant Charles D. Pitre, will give the new lieutenant a party tonight after the detachment drill.

The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), Saturday, 22 February 1941:  Master Sergeant Charles D. Pitre arrived Friday to visit Mrs. Pitre and children and will return today to Camp Blanding, Florida.

Times Picayune (New Orleans, LA), Wednesday, 30 June 1943:  Charles D. Pitre of Alexandria has been commissioned a first lieutenant it was learned Tuesday.  He was stationed at Camp Beauregard from 1928 to 1940 and was later transferred to the West coast and then to the South Pacific area.

Weekly Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), Saturday, 4 March 1944:  First Lt. Charles D. Pitre of 1924 Day street, Alexandria, is attending a highly specialized course of instruction with the Basic Supply Officers Course No. 22 at the Quartermaster School, Camp Lee, Va.  The course, which is geared to train selected officers for administrative and supply duties of the Quartermaster Corps, with the Army Ground Forces, Army Air Forces and Army Services Forces, lasts six weeks.

Sacramento Bee (CA), Thursday, 5 September 1946:  Camp Beale Unit will sell varied articles: Camp Beale (Yuba Co.), Sept 5 - Forms for submitting bids can be obtained from Captain Charles D. Pitre.

Seattle Post Intelligencer (WA), Wednesday, 22 February 1956:  (men returning from Far East duty): Kennewick - M'Sgt. Charles D. Pitre
 

Obituary:  The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), Friday, 3 December 1971:  Maj. Charles Dalton Pitre, 70, of Kennewick, Wash., died at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday in a hospital at Kennewick.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elinor Pitre of Kennewick, Wash.; one daughter, Mrs. Betty Waddell of Alexandria; two sisters, Mrs. Viola Domec and Mrs. Agnes Gayle, both of New Orleans; and one grandchild.  Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the National cemetery at Pineville under direction of John Kramer and Son Funeral Home.

- The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), Monday, 6 December 1971:  Graveside services for Maj. Charles D. Pitre will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in National cemetery at Pineville under direction of John Kramer & Sons.  Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

- The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), Wednesday, 8 December 1971:  Funeral services for Maj. Charles D. Pitre were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of John Kramer and Son with Rev. Thomas Jezak officiating.  Graveside services at National cemetery, Pineville, were performed by the military unit from Fort Polk.  Pallbearers were John E. Hyde, Dwain Westfall, Donald Robinson, Michael Gonzales, James Henderson and Robert Gaston.

 

Tombstone Inscription:  Alexandria National Cemetery, Pineville, Rapides, LA:  Charles / Dalton / Pitre / Louisiana / Major / US Army / World War II / Korea / Mar. 28, 1900 / Dec. 1, 1971  //  Elinor F. / Pitre / his wife / Jun 15, 1912 / Dec 24, 2005 / beloved wife

 

Notes for Enola Guidry:

Obituary:  The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), Tuesday, 2 October 1973:  Mrs. Enola Guidry Pitre, 77, a resident here, died at 3:30 a.m. today in an Alexandria hospital.  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Frances Betty Waddell of Alexandria; five brothers, Rudy Guidry and Walter Guidry, both of Alexandria, Claude Guidry of New Iberia, and Wallace Guidry and Dudley Guidry, both of Port Arthur, Tex.; three sisters, Mrs. Nella G. Guidry and Mrs. Ezar Hernandez, both of Lafayette, and Mrs. Laurence Stutes of Houston, Tex., and one grandchild.  Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church.  Burial will be in Alexandria Memorial Gardens.  A rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. today in the chapel of John Kramer and Son Funeral Home.

 

Notes for Elinor Frances Goodman:

Obituary:   Tri-City Herald (Pasco, WA), Tuesday, 27 December 2005:  Elinor F. Pitre, 93, died Saturday at Callaway Gardens in Kennewick.  She was born in Marinette, Wis., and lived in the Tri-Cities for 65 years.  She was a retired civil services secretary with the Army Corps of Engineers.  Mueller's Chapel of the Falls, Kennewick, is in charge of arrangements.

- Tri-City Herald (Pasco, WA), Wednesday, 4 January 2006:  (photo) Elinor Frances Pitre, 93, passed away at Callaway Gardens Care Center on December 24, 2005.  She was born in Marinette, Wisconsin, on June 15, 1912, and raised in Portland, Oregon, where she completed high school and Portland Business School.  She was a career employee of the U. S. Civil Service and served at various Army posts before, during and after World War II.  Her last assignment was at Camp Hanford.  In 1948, she married Major Charles 'Pete' Pitre and they resided in Kennewick.  Following Pete's death in 1971, she pursued a lifelong passion for antiques by opening 'The Treasure Trove' in downtown Kennewick.  She operated the shop for many years and made many wonderful friends in the antiquing community.  She is survived by her friends, Hugh and Beverly Duncan of Boise, Idaho.  Interment will be at Alexandria National Cemetery, LA, at a later date.

 

Obituaries for the children:

Charles Dalton Pitre: 

- State Times Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), Thursday, 27 July 1950:  Missing in Action:  Pvt. Charles D. Pitre, Jr., son of Mrs. Enola G. Pitre, 1924 Day St., Alexandria, La.

- The Times (Shreveport, LA), Wednesday, 10 October 1951:  Alexandria, Oct. 9 - Charles D. Pitre, Jr., 19, is a prisoner of the Chinese Reds, according to a message received by his mother, Mrs. Enola G. Pitre, of Alexandria, from the army.  He was reported wounded last June and later reported missing in action in Korea.  He has one sister, Miss Betty Pitre. His father, Capt. C.D. Pitre, is in the army.

- Times Picayune (New Orleans, LA), Monday, 17 August 1953:  (article about returning POWs):  Meanwhile, an Alexandria mother, though she has not heard from her son in three years said Sunday she still had "some hope" when she learned her boy was reported by the Communists to be among POWs who escaped from one of their prison camps.  The mother, Mrs. Enola G. Pitre, 1924 Day st., Alexandria, said by long distance phone her son, Pfc. Charles D. Pitre, Jr., 21, was captured in July, 1950 and that she had not received a communication from him since then.......Mrs. Pitre said her son was a native of Alexandria, attended school there and joined the service when he was 18.  She said he was stationed in Japan prior to being sent to Korea.  She wrote to him for months after she was informed he was a prisoner of war, she said, but never received a reply.  She had almost given up hope she said, until she received the telegram Sunday he was among the reported escapees.

- The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), Wednesday, 17 March 1954: (photo) Pfc Charles D. Pitre, son of Mrs. Enola G. Pitre of Alexandria, died Nov. 30, 1950, from malnutrition while a prisoner of the Communists in Korea, according to information received from the Army. He was reported missing in action July 8, 1950.

- The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), Saturday, 25 June 1955:  (article about Korean war)  Five years of anguish have not dampened the hopes of Mrs. Enola Pitre of Alexandria.  Her son, Cpl. Charles D. Pitre, was listed as missing in action on July 10, 1950, shortly after American troops had landed to bolster sagging South Korean defences.  Three weeks later Mrs. Pitre was notified that her son had been taken prisoner by the communists.  He never returned.  "Sometimes I feel that he will show up," Mrs. Pitre said today.  "I don't know what to say.  My friends say 'no' but of course I have to go by my own feelings.  Some of the boys who were prisoners there said Charlie died in camp.  That's all I ever heard.  I didn't hear anything from the Reds."

 

 

 

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Items in RED verified from transcriptions in the following:

- Southwest Louisiana Records: Church and Civil Records of Parishes of Acadia, Allen Beauregard, Cameron, Calcasieu,

     Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St Landry, St Martin, St Mary and Vermillion.

Some Louisiana deaths in RED taken from obituaries or the Louisiana Deaths collection (which includes spouses/parents).

 

Last updated:  14 August 2022.