Louis Joseph Pijon 1,68
- Born: 20 Feb 1892, Marseilles, France 93,106,139
- Marriage (1): Theresa Alicia Moroney on 30 Jun 1948 in Chicago, IL 100
- Marriage (2): Jeanne (Jane) Mongin in 1921 in France 3
- Died: 19 Aug 1962, France at age 70 1,87,93
The story goes (Belle Radcliffe as source) that Lou and Aunt Tessie went on a trip to France via boat. They were going there to sell his villa, which was thought to be worth a good deal of money, and also visit his daughter and sister. There, Lou died while visiting the Bois de Bologne park in Paris. He had been given an incorrect prescription for his heart and it lead to his fatal heart attack. Belle thinks he's buried in Marseille, Ned Nettleton thought he was buried in Nice. Aunt Tessie took his death as a sign that she should not go ahead with the sale of the villa, especially because she didn't know the language, the legal system, or the money system. I believe Belle (Mom) said that his daughter, Jacqueline, was living there at the time so the villa must have been given to her. Because they had return boat tickets six months later, (see below for a discrepency in the facts here) Aunt Tessie stayed in France for those months, living with Lou's sister. Aunt Tessie played a lot of solitaire to keep occupied.
Lou was a very talented artist. He loved to paint and take photographs. Many of his art pieces are in our houses. He lived and worked in Chicago and was given a photographic lens as a retirement gift from his company. When he died in Paris, the lens was never recovered. He met Aunt Tessie through a mutual friend who worked at the Sears downtown Chicago. Lou comes from a very wealthy family. Belle Radcliffe says that the story goes that his grandparents were very rich. During the French Revolution they had to sell some of their diamonds to buy food. (Thus began our family's opinion that a person should have a good supply of gold & jewels so that in an emergency they could be sold.)
I (Ellen) also remember that Lou purposely burnt Becky's toes with his cigarette while we were at their apartment in Chicago. Becky remembers crying.
The following is the announcement of his death in the Sciaky company newsletter, Spotbeams & Flashes, 9-1962. (Sciaky -- 4915 W. 67th St., Chicago)
In any company there are people whose personalities have a great impact... Louis Pijon was one of those people. He was interesting, knowledgeable, artistic, versatile, traveled; he loved life, he enjoyed people .. and he had a peppery disposition. Many among us have felt the fine edge of Louis' remarks or direction, but always he had the facts and we learned from him. As Frank Swanson so succinctly phrased it in a toast to Louis at luncheon the day before he set out on his vacation, "We appreciate that we have had the advantage of your wisdom over the years...". That luncheon was a happy occasion. Louis Pijon was going on a six-week motor jaunt through Europe with his wife, and we were celebrating. One month later to the day word arrived that Louis had been stricken with a heart attack and died in Seine, France.
Louis' contemplated 12,000 mile trip through Europe was to be a preamble to his retirement in America. Upon retirement he planned to correlate his thousands of feet of movie film, to indulge his love of horticulture, and to paint pictures more beautiful than any he had done before .. for these were his hobbies. On any festive Sciaky occasion, Louis was on hand with his camera; for many years the beauty of our plant landscaping attested to his green thumb; and the walls of his home are adorned with dozens of fine landscapes and still lifes .. the work of his talented fingers.
Louis Pijon was born in Marseilles, France, February 20, 1892. As a lad he attended private schools; in college he studied mechanics preparing for a career in engineering. As a student he lived one year in England and one year in Germany acquainting himself with the languages and arts indigenous to the country.
Came World War I and he joined the French Infantry. He transferred to the Artillery, then Aviation, and finally became an instructor in motorized artillery for the American Army. He was wounded in action three different times.
After demobilization he came to America and for one year worked with a steamship agency. He accepted the offer of a position in Algiers, North Africa, but disliking the climate stayed only a short time, then returned to Paris.
Once more America called, and Louis operated the Foreign Automobile Touring Department of the French Line in New York for eleven years. Then he took a vacation, a three-year vacation, making a grand tour of the United States. Three years later he was back in New York again and took the position of supervisor for the French Participation in New York World's Fair. At the conclusion of the Fair, he worked with the French Purchasing Commission (until its expiration) as inspector of shipments of automotive equipment.
A wire from Sciaky Bros. brought him to Chicago, and April 15, 1942 saw his name entered on the roster of Sciaky employes. His valuable experience in world-wide shipping made him a natural choice for supervising our Shipping Department. In this capacity he was served Sciaky faithfully for 20 years. He was a perfectionist in his work and gave short shrift to anyone who did not do the best job possible against given task. Like a good teacher, his pungent observations always got their message across. Louis worked hard; he spared no one, least of all himself.
The pictures on these pages were taken on those two happy days before he left for abroad, when he was wined and dined, and presented with gifts by his fellow workers and management. Little did we suspect....
To his wife, Teresa, to his daughter, Mrs. Jacqueline Chenaud, ... we offer deep sympathy."
On his WWII registration card, he wrote he had no middle name or initial. At the time he filled out the card, he listed his first wife as the person who would always know his address. She was living in Brooklyn, NY, and he wrote it as follows: Mrs. G. Pijon - c/o J. Toscano -- 282 Manhattan Ave., Brklyn, N.Y.
In trying to find where he's buried, I looked online at Cimetiere Saint-Pierre in Marseille, the largest cemetery in town. According to the online search, he's not buried there.
Noted events in his life were:
• Alt. Name: No middle name. 139 He specified he had no middle name on his WWII Draft Registration Card in 1942.
• Occupation: clerk, Jan 1920. 68
• Immigration, 1920. 3 On the census where it asks if he's been naturalized, it says "Al". Don't know what that means.
He's listed on New York Passenger Lists as having arrived 1-27-1920, having arrived at Ellis Island on the La Savoie. Does a photo of this ship match a photo we have of Lou on a large steamship??
He left from Le Havre, France.
• Occupation: clerk, Nov 1922. 68
• Travel, 11-7-1922 arrival, from LeHavre to NY, NY. 68 The ship's name was "Chicago." Arrived with wife Jeanne.
• Occupation: clerk, Nov 1924. 68
• Residence, Nov 1924, Baltimore, , MD. 68
• Travel, 29 Oct 1924, from Marseilles, France to NY, NY. 68 Traveled with his wife Jeanne and daughter, Jacqueline.
• Occupation: clerk, 28 Jan 1926. 68
• Residence, 28 Jan 1926, Baltimore, , MD. 68
• Travel, 28 Jan 1926, from LeHavre to NY, NY. 68 Looks like he traveled alone, no family. Traveled on the S.S. France.
• Occupation: manager, 4 Dec 1928. 68
• Residence, 4 Dec 1928, NY, NY. 68
• Travel, 4 Dec 1928, from LeHavre to NY, NY. 68 Traveled on the S.S. Ile de France with Jeanne, his wife. Residence was NY City.
• Occupation: bookkeeper for a steamship company, 16 Apr 1930. 3
• Residence: Manhattan, 16 Apr 1930, 7668 Thayer St., NY NY. 3 Other residences in this apt. building were from: Germany, Oklahoma, Russia, Cost Rica, Sweden, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York. Quite a mix!
Living here are Louis as head, wife Jeanne, and daughter Jacqueline.
• Travel, 10 Dec 1930, from LeHavre to NY, NY. 68 Sailed again on the S.S. Ile de France. This time it appears that his wife Jeanne didn't sail with him back to NY.
The Ile de France, with its modern art deco interiors, was the flagship of The French Line, Lou's employer.
• Occupation: manager, Jan 1933. 68 Still living in New York. Listed NY, NY as his last permanent residence.
• Residence, 27 Jan 1933, NY, NY. 68
• Travel, 18 Jan 1933, from LeHavre to NY, NY. 68 Arrived in NY again without his wife Jeanne. Last permanent residence was NY City.
• Occupation: French line dpt manager, 14 Nov 1934. 68 Destination -- NY City.
• Residence, Nov 1934, NY, NY. 68
• Travel, 7 Nov 1934, from LeHavre to NY, NY. 68 Traveled alone on the S.S. Champlain
• Residence, 27 Apr 1942, 3357 W. 63rd Place, Chicago, Cook, IL. 139 The address of 7442 South Shore Dr., Chicago was crossed out on his WWII card and the above address written in. This indicates he moved in the interim.
• Employment: Sciaky Brothers, Apr 1942. 139 The business was located at 11001 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago.
• Physical Description, Apr 1942. 139 Six feet tall, 150 lbs., brown eyes and black hair. Dark complexion, and a scar on his right elbow.
• Travel: From NY to LeHavre, France, 5 Aug 1953. 133 Travelled with wife "Teresa" Pijon. Louis was 61, Teresa was 53. Planned to be gone 10 weeks. Sailed on the "Ile de France" cabin class.
• Residence, 5 Aug 1953, 1215 W. 90th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 441
• Residence, 22 Sep 1954, 1215 W. 90th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 87,442 Theresa and husband Louis were in a traffic accident near W. 74th st. A photo of the scene appeared in the Southtown Economist & lists their address. Theresa was "pinned behind the dashboard by the crash. The couple was rushed to St. George hospital, where they are still being treated. Seriousness of their injuries was not disclosed."
Louis married Theresa Alicia Moroney, daughter of Michael P. Moroney and Elizabeth Bertha Bilek, on 30 Jun 1948 in Chicago, IL.100 (Theresa Alicia Moroney was born on 24 Aug 1900 in Chicago, Cook, IL, USA,93 died on 23 Jan 1992 in Clearwater, , FL, USA 1,93,124 and was buried in Jan 1992 in Serenity Gardens Memorial Park, Largo, Pinellas, FL 38.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Marriage: Thomas Memorial Congregational Church, Chicago. 140 Congregational Church was at 3344 W. 64th Place, Chicago. Dinner at 6:00 followed, at Schaffer's Restaurant, 2535 W. 95th St., Chicago.
Theresa's name is spelled Teresa in marriage record.
Louis next married Jeanne (Jane) Mongin in 1921 in France.3 (Jeanne (Jane) Mongin was born in 1902 in Reims, France 3,68.)