Pierre Pitre

1847 Beauharnois, Quebec 1920 Anaconda, Montana



Continuation of tree (1st child of Pierre Pitre/Marcelline Hainault); all known surname descendants:

              7          Pierre Pitre  b: 30 November 1847  St. Timothee, Beauharnois, Quebec; d: 8 April 1920  Anaconda, Deer Lodge, MT

                                  +Elizabeth Marceline Henault  b: April 1856  Missouri; m: 3 November 1873  Buchanan, MO [Francois/Mary ---]; d: 4 July 1936  Anaconda, Deer Lodge, MT

                            8          Charles Lee Peters  b: Abt. 1874  Deer Lodge Valley, Deer Lodge, MT; d: Bet. 1880-1900  Montana

                            8          Emma Peters  b: Abt. 1875  Deer Lodge Valley, Deer Lodge, MT; d: Bet. 1880-1900  Montana

                            8          Alexander Peters  b: Abt. 1878  Deer Lodge Valley, Deer Lodge, MT; d: Bet. 1880-1900  Montana

                            8          George Franklin Peters  b: 19 June 1880  Deer Lodge Valley, Deer Lodge, MT; d: 15 December 1952  Shelton, Mason, WA

                            8          Peter Stephen Peters  b: 17 October 1882  Deer Lodge Valley, Deer Lodge, MT; d: 2 November 1908  Eureka, Lincoln, MT

                            8          Elizabeth Marceline Peters  b: 20 December 1886  French Crossing, near Deer Lodge Valley, Deer Lodge, MT; d: 17 August 1962  Anaconda, Deer Lodge, MT

                            8          Walter William Peters  b: 14 January 1889  Deer Lodge Valley, Deer Lodge, Powell, MT; d: 24 April 1961  Lonepine, Sanders, MT

                                          +Josephine Potter  b: 10 February 1900  St. Louis, Missouri; m: 21 October 1925  Missoula, Missoula, MT [Robert Edward/Amanda E. Whitehead]; d: 7 June 1984  Plains, Sanders, MT

                            8          David Edman Peters  b: 1 May 1891  Deer Lodge Valley, Deer Lodge, MT; d: 7 March 1903  Eureka, Lincoln, MT

                            8          Andrew Leon Peters  b: 27 December 1893  Deer Lodge Valley, Deer Lodge, MT; d: 28 February 1895  Eureka, Lincoln, MT

                            8          Mary Louise Peters  b: 23 December 1897  Eureka, Lincoln, MT; d: 1981  Hermiston, Umatilla, OR

                                          +John Weeks  b: 19 December 1891  Linn, Osage, MO; m: 25 October 1918  Kemmerer, Lincoln, WY [John A./Rhoda Jane Blalock]; d: 6 November 1960  Pocatello, Bannock, ID



Notes for Pierre Pitre:


- 1870 Bannack, Beaverhead, Montana Territory:  Joseph Kirbey 28, Louis Dupee 27, Peter Peters 26,  all working in mine.


- 1880 Deer Lodge Valley, Deer Lodge, Montana:  Peter Peters 37 (farmer), wife Lizzie 24, Charles Lee 7, Emma 5, Alexander 2, and laborer Nelson Norman 22.

- 1900 Tobacco Plains, Flathead, MT:  Peter Peters 52 (farmer), wife of 22 years Lizzie 44 (6 of 9 children still living), George F. 19, P(eter) S. 17, Lizzie M. 13, W(alter) W. 11, D(avid) E. 9, M(ary) L. 2.

- 1910 Eureka, Lincoln, MT:  Peter Peters 62, wife of 30 years Lizzie M. 53 (5 of 9 children still living), George F. 28 farmer, Lizzie Marcelen J. 23, Walter W. 21 laborer/saw mill, Mary Louise 12.

- 1920 Anaconda, Deer Lodge, MT:  Peter Peters 73, wife Elizabeth 63, Louisa M. 32, and brother-in-law Henry Henault 58.  In Eureka: George F. Peters 39 photographer/at home.

- 1930 Anaconda, Deer Lodge, MT:  Widowed Lizzie Peters 74, and daughter Elizabeth 43 (dressmaker).


- 1940 Pickering, Mason, Washington:  George F. Peters 59 laborer/farm.

Obituary:  Butte Paper: 8 April 1920 - Montana Pioneer Answers Call: Peter Peters, Who Settled in Lower Deer Lodge Valley in 1863, Is Dead: Peter Peters died shortly after 3 o'clock yesterday in his home, 616 West Park avenue.  He had been in poor health for the past several years.  A year ago his condition became such his life was despaired of, but he rallied and for a while appeared to have -------.  Last winter the old malady again made its appearance and his death was not unexpected.  ***Adventurous Nature** Mr. Peters was 73 years of age and a native of Boharnois, province of Quebec, Canada.  He inherited the adventuresome nature of his French ancestors, and while still a youth started for the West of which he had many tales from the French voyageurs.  He arrived in the Deer Lodge valley in 1863, but instead of devoting his energies to gold mining like the majority of his companions, he took up a ranch in the vicinity of French Crossing.  In 1873 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Henault, oldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Francis Henault, pioneer residents of the lower valley.  Their home at French Crossing was one of the best known in the early days, and a favorite stopping place for stage passengers en route between Butte, Deer Lodge and other western camps.  In 1893 Mr. Peters disposed of his ranchhouse and moved his family to Eureka.  His heart, however, was centered in the Deer Lodge valley and after several years' residence in Eureka he returned to engage in ranching on the old Henault place.  Owing to failing health, the family moved to Anaconda about two years ago to make his home.  During his long residence in Montana Mr. Peters refused to take any part in politics, although his friends approached him to run for office on several occasions.  Although taking a deep interest in the interests of the community in which he lived, he seldom mingled in public affairs.  His greatest pleasure was to be with his wife and children, and with the latter he was considered as much in the light of a chum as a father.  Besides his wife he is survived by four children, George of Eureka, Walter and Mrs. John Weeks of Pocatello, Idaho, and Miss Elizabeth Peters of this city.  A brother, George Peters, when last heard from, was in South America.  Funeral arrangements have not been made, awaiting the arrival of the children, who are expected to arrive today.

Anaconda Standard, Sunday, 11 April 1920:  Friends Pay Tribute to Pioneer's Memory - Body of Peter Peters, Montana Trail Blazer, will be Interred at Eureka:  The funeral of Peter Peters was held yesterday morning at the family home, 616 West Park avenue, with services at St. Paul's church, where a requiem high mass was celebrated at 9 o'clock by Mgr. Victor Day.  St. Paul's choir chanted the music of the mass and Mrs. John Sugrue sang "Abide With Me."  A large delegation of old-time friends were present to pay their final respects to the memory of the pioneer and many beautiful floral offerings gave evidence of the esteem in which he was held.  All his children, with the exception of a son, George Peters of Eureka, arrived in time for the funeral.  George was delayed by a train wreck and did not reach Anaconda until yesterday afternoon.  S.S. Henault, a brother-in-law of Como, also attended the funeral.  In respect to a daughter, Miss Elizabeth Peters, MacRae's store remained closed during the funeral service at the church.  The body will be taken to Eureka for interment on Tuesday.  The pallbearers were selected from former neighbors and intimate friends.  They were W.W. Harper, Chauncey L. Beal, L.E. Cosens, Thomas J. Boone, Jesse Miller and Jake Staffenson.


Notes for Elizabeth Marceline Henault

Obituary:  Butte Paper 6 July 1936 - Funeral Rites Conducted for Mrs. E. Peters: Many Friends of Beloved, Old-Time Resident Attend Services in Church: Funeral services were conducted yesterday morning for Mrs. Elizabeth Peters, beloved and old-time resident of this community.  Mrs. Peters died in St. Ann's hospital Saturday afternoon following a brief illness.  The funeral cortege formed at the family home, 608 West Park avenue, at 9:30 o'clock, and proceeded to St. Paul's church, where solemn requiem high mass was celebrated at 10 o'clock.  The Rev. Fathers Lettham, Pirnat and Sullivan officiated.  During the service Walter Tuchscherer sang "O Sacred Heart."  The choir sang the responses to the mass and "Abide With Me."  Scores of friends of Mrs. Peters of Anaconda, Butte, Deer Lodge and the lower valley gathered in the church for the last rites.  They expressed their sorrow and sympathy in many floral pieces.  Interment was in the family plot in Mount Carmel cemetery.  Pallbearers were Nate Miller, Joseph Monico, Frank Moran, Chauncey Beal, W.W. Harper and Louis J. Solomon.  Relatives who arrived for the funeral included: Mr. and Mrs. John Weeks and daughters, Lyle and Marba, of Pocatello; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Henault, Jr., Deer Lodge; Mrs. Mary Striker, Mrs. Joseph Fraser, Butte; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Henault, Warm Springs, and Mr. and Mrs. Chester Jacobson, Warm Springs.

Photograph:  Pierre Pitre 1847-1920 & Elizabeth Marceline Henault 1856-1936


WW1 Registration Records (son):  

George Franklin Peters:  George Franklin Peters, b. 19 Jun 1880; rel. Lizzie Peters of Anaconda, Deer Lodge, MT; tall/stout; brown eyes, dark hair; 12 Sep 1918 Seattle

Walter William Peters:  Walter William Peters; Deer Lodge, MT; 14 Jan 1888 (Deer Lodge); father & mother; medium height & medium build; light brown eyes & dark brown hair; deputy sheriff, Anaconda copper mines


Tombstone inscriptions for the children:

Tobacco Valley Cemetery, Eureka, Lincoln, MT:  Andrew Leon / Peters / Born Dec. 27, 1893 / Died Feb. 29, 1895 / Age 1 yr 2 mos 2 dys / David Edman / Peters /Born May 1, 1891 / Died Mar. 7, 1903 / Age 11 yrs 10 mos 6 dys / Peter Stephen / Peters / Born Oct. 17, 1882 / Died Nov. 2, 1908 / Age 25 yrs 1 mos 18 dys / PETERS (at base)


Obituaries for the children:

Mary Louise Peters:  Mary Louise Weeks, 83, a former Pocatello resident, died Sunday at Hermiston, Ore., of cancer.  She was born Dec. 23, 1897, at Eureka, Mont., to Peter and Mary E. Henault Peters.  She married John Weeks Oct. 25, 1918, at Kemmerer, Wyo.  They moved to Pocatello where Mr. Weeks was employed as an engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad.  He preceded her in death Nov. 6, 1960.  Mrs. Weeks was employed as a telegrapher for the Union Pacific Railroad for 16 years.  She moved to Hermiston, Ore., in 1962.  She was a member of the Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Union Pacific Old Timers Club No. 15, and the Ladies Auxiliary of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen.  Mrs. Weeks is survived by two daughters, Mrs. A.O. Laine, Port Orchard, Wash., and Mrs. J.R. Harmon, Hermiston, Ore.; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services and burial will be in Hermiston, Ore.



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