Joseph Atanace Pitre

1894 Natural Dam, New York 1950 Philadelphia, New York



Continuation of tree (5th child of Moise Pitre/Eveline 'Olivine' Labelle); all known surname descendants:

                   9           Joseph Atanace 'Tenos' Pitre  b: 9 February 1894  Natural Dam, St. Lawrence, NY; d: 14 February 1950  Philadelphia, Jefferson, NY

                                      +Myrtle Jane Hayden  b: 18 August 1897  Gouverneur, St. Lawrence, NY; m: 27 October 1915  Gouverneur, St. Lawrence, NY [William L./Lillian Crandall]  (divorced); d: 3 August 1978  Mt. Clemens, Macomb, MI

                              10        Paul Tenos Pete  b: 12 September 1916  Gouverneur, St. Lawrence, NY; d: 13 February 1984  Daytona Beach, Volusia, FL

                                            +Elizabeth Bouchard  b: 7 July 1921  Clayton, Jefferson, NY; m: 2 September 1939  St. Mary's, Clayton, Jefferson, NY [Albert A./Elizabeth Maude Yott]; d: 16 July 1992  Ormond Beach, Volusia, FL

                              10        Margaret Marie Pete  b: 2 January 1924  Detroit, Wayne, MI; d: 21 October 1927  Gouverneur, St. Lawrence, NY


                                 *2nd Wife of Joseph Atanace Pitre:

                                       +Bonnie Belle Hunt  b: 17 December 1911  Deer Trail, Arapahoe, CO; m: 11 September 1927  Alamosa, Conejos, CO [Joel M/Susan G. ---]; d: 25 September 2014  Bend, Deschutes, OR

                              10        James Wesley Pete  b: 10 September 1928  Alamosa, Conejos, CO; d: 9 December 1997  Evans Mills, Watertown, Jefferson, NY

                                             +Frances Madiline Christman  b: 3 March 1930; m: 8 September 1946  Theresa Methodist Church, Theresa, Jefferson, NY

                              10        Olivine Marie Pete  b: 10 August 1931  Watertown, Jefferson, NY; d: 31 March 1994  San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA

                                             +Jack Kelsey    m: 24 November 1951

                              10        Clara Belle Pete  b: 1936; d: Aft. September 2014

                                             +Richard W. Fulkerson    m: 1956

                              10        Tenos Moses Pete  b: 1944

                                             +Barb ---




Notes for Joseph Atanace Pitre:


- 1920 Gouverneur, St. Lawrence, New York:  Tenos H. Pete 25 (feed mill/miller), wife Myrtle J. 23, Paul 3 years 3 months.


- 1930 Sanford, Conejos, Colorado:  James --aran? 28 laborer/farm, wife Bonnie B. 18, James W. 1 year 8 months, living with wife's family Joel M. Hunt 53 blacksmith, wife Susan G. 51, Frances 13, Clara M. 11.  Son Paul 13 living with maternal grandparents in Gouverneur.


- 1940 Theresa, Jefferson, NY:  Tenas Pete 45 farmer/agriculture, wife Bonnie 28, James W. 11, Olivine M. 8, Clara B. 4  [52 Redwood Street]


Republican Journal, Ogdensburg, NY, 28 December 1922:  Tenos Pete and Pete Sullivan were mixed up in a fight in Burdis Brothers' lunch room Christmas Day.  Tenos Pete appeared and was fined $5 and received a suspended sentence of 30 days but Sullivan has not yet appeared.


Republican Journal, Ogdensburg, NY, 27 January 1923:  Gouverneur - Jan. 26 - One evening's entertainment and fun proved to be rather expensive for Tenos Pete Wednesday night.  He imbibed a little too much of the "joy liquid" and started down Main street on mischief bent.  A large cake of ice was left in front of the drug store of Callahan & Gingras next to the St. Lawrence Inn, and just at the head of the stairway leading to the Campbell barber shop in the basement.  Pete slid the ice down the stairway and when it landed at the bottom broke in the door of the shop.  In front of the Dawley bakery next door, a dozen milk bottles were standing, and these were soon reduced to fragments as a part of the fun program.  Further down Main street a large laundry box was taken away from its usual location.  Investigation was made by Night Officer Eugene Murphy and it was learned that Pete was the guilty party.  A warrant was secured for his arrest and upon arraignment before Police Justice Arthur H. Abbott Thursday morning, Pete was allowed to make a settlement for the damage which he had wrought.  He paid the costs of repairing the door of the barber shop, also for the milk bottles destroyed, together with the legal costs, the total amounting to $33.50 whereupon he was discharged.


Obituary:  Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY), Wednesday, 15 February 1950:  Philadelphia, Feb. 15 - Tenos Henry Pete, 56, died suddenly of a coronary thrombosis at his home on Sandy Hollow road at 6:25 last night.  Mr. Pete had entered the house and was seated in the kitchen when he was stricken.  Mrs. Pete, who was in an adjoining room, heard a thumping sound and went into the kitchen where she found her husband slumped on the floor.  Dr. Howard Drayer of Theresa was called but Mr. Pete died before the physician arrived.  Surviving Mr. Pete besides his wife, Mrs. Bonnie H. Pete, are three sons, Paul, of Gouverneur; James, of Smithville; Tenos, at home, two daughters, Olivine and Clara, both at home; one brother, Leo, of Syracuse; three sisters, Mrs. Carl (Rose) Hart, and Mrs. Garfield (Delia) Beckstead, both of Gouverneur; Mrs. Arthur (Edmere) Allen, Rossie and three grandchildren.  Mr. Pete was born at Natural Dam Feb. 9, 1894, a son of Moses and Olivine Labell Pete.  He first married Myrtly Hayden of Gouverneur.  This marriage ended in divorce.  He married Bonnie Hunt in Alamosa, Col., Sept. 11, 1927.  The couple lived in Alamosa for two years and then moved to the town of Wilna.  Later the couple settled near Theresa.  They came to Philadelphia in October, 1949.  Mr. Pete purchased the George Sharon farm which he operated.  He had operated farms nearly all his life. 


Tombstone Inscription, Sandy Hollow Cemetery, Philadelphia, Jefferson, NY:  PETE / Tenos H. 1894-1950 Father / in memory of / Olivine M. Pete Kelsey / Aug 10, 1931  -  Mar 31, 1994


Notes for Myrtle Jane Hayden:

Obituary:  Tribune Press (Gouverneur, NY), 16 August 1978 - Mrs. Myrtle J. Pete, 80, of Mt. Clemens, Mich., a Gouverneur native and former local resident, died Thursday morning, Aug. 3, in St Joseph's Hospital, Mt. Clemens.  Cremation and burial will be in Mt. Clemens.  She is survived by two sons, Paul, Watertown, and Jerry McDonald, Mt. Clemens; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Catherine Stevens, Gouverneur, and two brothers, Floyd and Robert Hayden, both of Gouverneur.  Mrs. Pete was born in Gouverneur Aug. 18, 1897, a daughter of William L. and Lillian C. Hayden.  She attended local schools.


Notes for Bonnie Belle Hunt:

Obituary:  The Bulletin (Bend, OR), Saturday, 25 October 2014:  Dec. 17, 1911 - Sept. 25, 2014  Bonnie (Pete) Ward, age 102, passed away at her home in Bend, Oregon.  She was born in Deer Trail, Colorado, the daughter of Joel and Susan Hunt.  Bonnie was married to Atenos Pete.  They lived in upstate New York on a farm for several years.  Atenos died February 1950.  A few years later, Bonnie moved to Bend where her sister lived.  Bonnie later married Claud Ward who died in 2004.  During her 55 years living in Bend, Bonnie worked as a clerk, waitress and office manager.  Bonnie retired in 1980 from Dr. Guyers office.  Bonnie's favorite pastime was bowling; which she was excellent at doing.  She enjoyed audio books, crafts, sewing, quilting, playing card games and scrabble.  She was known for her positive attitude, her welcoming smile and her ability to make something out of nothing.  She taught her family to work hard and laugh often.  She was well loved and will be greatly missed.  Bonnie was predeceased by her parents, nine brothers and sisters, a son, James Pete, a daughter Olivine Kelsey, and four grandchildren.  She is survived by her daughter, Clara (Richard) Fulkerson of Watertown, NY, nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren and four great-great-great-grandchildren.  Shirley Kilpatrick was an adopted daughter in spirit.  Please send all donations to Heart n Home Hospice & Palliative Care, LLC, Bend OR.


Obituaries for the children:

Paul Tenos Pete:  Tribune Press (Gouverneur, NY), Wednesday, 15 February 1984:  Paul T. Pete, 67, of 1103 Salina St., formerly of Gouverneur, a retired Watertown Daily Times employee, died of a heart attack Monday morning at Daytona Beach, Fla. where he had been spending the winter with his son, Thomas.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  His survivors include his wife, Betty; four sons, Paul, Arizona, William, Connecticut, Thomas, Daytona Beach and Robert, a senior at Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam and four grandchildren.  Born Sept. 12, 1916, he was graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1936 and took a printing course at Rochester Institute of Technology.  He was employed as a linotype operator at the Tribune Press in Gouverneur before joining the Watertown Daily Times Dec. 5,1966 as a linotype operator.  Mr. Pete became a compositor with the newspaper's switch to photocomposition.  He retired Sept. 30, 1981 after nearly 15 years service in the newspaper's composing room.  He married Betty Bouchard Sept. 2, 1939 in St. Mary's Church, Clayton.  An Army veteran, he was a member of Army and Navy Post 61, American Legion and the Watertown Lodge of Elks.


Margaret Marie Pete:  Northern Tribune (Gouverneur, NY), Wednesday, 26 October 1927:  Margaret Marie Pete - Margaret, the four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tenos Pete, died at St. John's hospital Friday, after an illness of two weeks.  She was born in Detroit Jan.2, 1924, at Providence hospital, but had made her home in Watertown and Gouverneur for the past two years.  She is survived by her parents and one brother, Paul.  Funeral services were held at the Sterlingville Catholic church on Sunday and burial made in the Sterlingville cemetery.


James Wesley Pete:  Watertown Daily Times (NY), Wednesday, 10 December 1997: Evans Mills - A private funeral for James W. Pete Sr., 69, 29487 Amsted Road, Evans Mills, will be Friday morning with the Rev. Elaine White, pastor of Philadelphia United Methodist Church, officiating.  Spring burial will be in Sandy Hollow Cemetery, Philadelphia.  Mr. Pete died Tuesday at Samaritan Medical Center, where he had been a patient since Dec. 4.  Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home in Theresa.  Mr. Pete was a truck driver for G.L.F., now known as Agway, and worked on the Harold Northrup farm.  He purchased and operated a farm on Elm Ridge Road.  Mr. Pete retired from farming in the late 1980s, but continued to reside on the farm.  He was an active bowler and a member of the Senior Bowlers League in Watertown.  Born Sept. 10, 1928, at Alamosa, Colo., a son of Tenos H. and Bonnie Hunt Pete, he attended Theresa High School.  He married Frances Christman on Sept. 8, 1946, at Theresa Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kenneth Jones officiating.  Surviving besides his wife and mother, now Bonnie Pete Ward, Bend, Ore., are two daughters, Sandra Crump, Evans Mills, and Cynthia Wing, Freeville; two sons, James W. Jr., Canton, and Joe W., Boca Raton, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Richard (Clara) Fulterson, Watertown; a brother, Tenos Pete, Oregon; eleven grandchildren, including Jacob, whom his grandparents raised since he was a small boy, and six great-grandchildren.  A sister, Olivine Pete Kelsey, died before him.  Donations may be made to Evans Mills Rescue Squad.

Tombstone Inscription, Sandy Hollow Cemetery, Philadelphia, Jefferson, NY:  PETE / James W. Sr. / Sept. 10 / 1928 / Dec. 9 / 1997 / married Sept. 8, 1946 / Frances M. / Christman / Mar. 3 / 1930 /


Olivine Marie Pete:  Watertown Daily Times (NY), Tuesday, 5 April 1994:  Olivine "Olly" M. Kelsey, 62, a native of Watertown, died Thursday at her home in San Luis Obispo, Calif.  She had been in failing health the past two years.  The body was cremated.  Surviving are two daughters, Connie Kelsey and Carol Kelsey Frilot, both of San Luis Obispo; her mother, Mrs. Claud (Bonnie) Ward, Bend, Ore.; two brothers, James Pete, Evans Mills, and Tenos Pete, Bend; a sister, Mrs. Richard (Clara) Fulkerson, Watertown; and several nieces and nephews.  Her father, Tenos Pete, died before her.  Born on Aug. 10, 1931, in Watertown, a daughter of Tenos and Bonnie Pete, she graduated in 1949 from Evans Mills High School.  Mrs. Kelsey was office manager for Jay Stream of Stream Associates in San Luis Obispo for 20 years until the time of her death.  She married Jack Kelsey on Nov. 24, 1951.  The marriage ended in divorce in 1957.



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