Henry Gilbert CHARLEBOIS

Male 1925 - 1984  (58 years)

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  • Name Henry Gilbert CHARLEBOIS  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Born 10 Aug 1925  Pleasant Ridge, Oakland, MI, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 8
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Between 1945 and 1973 
    Occupation Between 1974 and 1984 
    Recreational vehicle park owner 
    Social Security Number 363-26-8965 
    Died 19 Feb 1984  Haines City, Polk, FL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 8
    Buried 22 Feb 1984  Lakeside Memorial Park, Winter Haven, Polk, FL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
      Name: Henry G Charlebois
      Birth Year: 1925
      Race: White, citizen
      Nativity State or Country: Michigan
      State: Michigan
      County or City: Wayne
      Enlistment Date: 17 Sep 1943
      Enlistment State: Florida
      Enlistment City: Miami Beach
      Branch: Air Corps
      Branch Code: Air Corps
      Grade: Private
      Grade Code: Private
      Component: Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status)
      Source: Civil Life
      Education: 4 years of high school
      Civil Occupation: Bridge Builder (Bridge carpenter. ) or Car Carpenter, Railway or Carpenter, Construction* (Carpenter, general.) or Carpenter, Ship An asterisk (*) appearing after a job title indicates that a trade test for the particular occupation will be found in the U
      Marital Status: Single, without dependents
      Height: 70
      Weight: 152
      Henry Gilbert Charlebois was the first child born to Amable Charlebois and Eglantine Portelance, his birth occurring at 10:00 A.M. on August 10th, 1925. An older adopted sister, Jeanette, was already living with the family at the time. It is assumed that he was born at home, the family living at 6 Warner, Pleasant Ridge, MI. Information obtained from the City of Pleasant Ridge says the street name was later changed to Maplefield but the house was torn down when I-696 was built. He mentioned living above a garage during the depression but where this was is unknown. His sister, Muriel was born in 1931 and her birth certificate shows the family was living at 370 Lewiston East, Ferndale, MI. By the time Henry was in high school, the family had moved to 805 W. Breckenridge, Ferndale, MI. Not much is known about Henry's youth since he never seemed to talk it or any of his relatives other than the few living nearby. Where he attended grade school is not known but his high school years were spent at Lincoln High School in Ferndale where he graduated on June 17,1943. His mother died May 28, 1940 when he was 15 and this must have affected him immensely and may be part of the reason he never wanted to talk about his youth.
      Henry met Doris Jacobs in high school and they starting dated. She graduated a year before him but they were still going together when Henry graduated and entered the US Army Air Corps.
      Henry enlisted in the service on July 7, 1943 and was sent to Childress, Texas for bombardier training. On February 22, 1945 he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and was sent home on leave. On March 3, 1945, while home on leave, Henry and Doris were married at St. James Church in Ferndale and she accompanied him back to Childress, Texas. Shortly after returning to Childress, Henry received orders to go to Laughlin, Nevada for further training as a bombardier on a B-29 bomber.
      Henry finished his training there and received orders to ship out to the Pacific front when word came that Japan had surrendered and the war was over. On December 2, 1945 Henry was discharged for the service and with his wife headed home to Ferndale.
      Henry wanted to follow in his father's footsteps so he entered a carpentry apprenticeship program and went to work for him. During this time Henry and Doris built their first house, located in Ferndale. Never being one to stand still, Henry built their second house about a year later at 2037 Central Ave, also in Ferndale
      On July 21, 1947, Doris gave birth to their first child and they named him David Allan. David was born in Ardmore Hospital located on 9 Mile Road in Ferndale and right next to the house where Doris's was born, grew up and her parents still lived. Their second child was born on April 25, 1951 and they named her Debra Joy.
      In the summer of 1951, Henry made plans with his father to spend the winter in Daytona Beach, Florida. They intended to build a house in Daytona Beach and sell it before returning to Michigan in the following spring. Henry's father had just built a new house in Orchard Lake, Michigan and Henry intended to move his family nearby when they got back. He made an agreement with his cousin Emile Durocher to buy the house on Central Ave. when the family left for the winter. Well the plans didn't work out as expected and Henry's father died that November. Since the plans had already been made, Henry bought a small travel trailer and they still headed south for the winter. Henry's stepmother, Claire also kept her plans to go south for the winter and rented a small apartment in Daytona Beach. Claire and Henry went ahead and built the house as planned and sold it before returning to Michigan in the spring.
      Being without an employer, Henry bought his father's old pickup off of Claire and went into business as a carpenter contractor. Since the pickup already had the name Charlebois Construction Company painted on the doors, Henry decided to keep the same name for his company.
      The family was still living in the travel trailer at the Muer Trailer Park on Northwestern Highway in Southfield while Henry was building a house for the family to live in. Sometime in 1952, the house was completed and they sold the trailer and moved into the house located in the Cass Lake Woods subdivision at 5160 Westcomb in West Bloomfield, MI. They lived in this house for two years and then Doris became pregnant again and they were about to outgrow the house. They had made plans to build a larger house but would not have the time to finish it before the baby was born so they decided to build an immediate house located at (2693?) Leroy Lane in the same subdivision and then almost immediately started building the larger house.
      Soon after moving into the house on Leroy Lane, they had their third child, Dennis Jon, born on September 20, 1954.
      Sometime in 1957, the family moved into the larger house located at 5132 Kitson, again in the same subdivision. They continued to live in this house for the next 15 years as they raised their family.
      Henry and Doris had their forth child on April 13, 1958 and named him Daniel Lee.
      Around 1962, Henry took on a partner, Bill Bullock, and they changed the name of the company to C & B Construction. They continued to run this company until around 1971 when they disbanded it and Bill Bullock moved to Arizona. Henry always wanted to get in the campground business and made several trips to Florida investigating properties. Finally in 1972 he met a man named Ray Workman and his wife Barbara who had started building a campground in Davenport, Florida and were looking for a partner. Henry bought into the venture and in January 1974 sold the house on Kitson and moved his family to Florida. That was all the family except David who had recently married and remained in Michigan.
      Henry and Doris and their new partners continued to expand their campground until around 1980 when personality clashes developed between the partners. Henry ended up buying out his partner's interest but by then the years of stress had taken their toll. On February 19, 1984 Henry was celebrating the 11th anniversary of the campground when he complained of not feeling right. Doris took him into emergency at the hospital in Haines City but while there he suffered a fatal heart attack. Henry was interred in the Lakeside Memorial Park in Winter Haven, Florida. (written by David Allan Charlebois)
      DAVENPORT--Henry Gilbert Charlebois, 58, of Florida Camp Inn, died Sunday (February 19, 1984) at Heart of Florida Hospital.
      A native of Pleasant Ridge, Mich., he came to Davenport from Michigan 10 years ago. He was owner/manager of the Florida Camp Inn, a U. S. Air Corp veteran of World War II and a Catholic.
      He is survived by his wife, Doris Charlebois, Davenport; daughter, Debra Myers, Davenport; sons, David Charlebois, Troy, Mich., Dennis Charlebois, Kissimmee, and Daniel Charlebois, Davenport; sisters, Jeanette Bonewits, Charlotte, Mich., and Muriel Charlebois, Detroit, Mich.; and five grandchildren.
      Lane-Holt Funeral Home, Haines City.
      Published February 21, 1984 in The Lakeland Leger, FL, USA
      FLORIDA DEATH INDEX, 1877-1998
      Name: Henry Gilbert Charlebois
      Death Date: 19 Feb 1984
      County of Death: Polk
      State of Death: Florida
      Age at Death: 58
      Race: White
      Birth Date: 10 Aug 1925
    Person ID I000008  CharleboisTree
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2009 

    Father Amable François CHARLEBOIS,   b. 12 May 1898, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Beauharnois, QC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1951, Pontiac, Oakland, MI, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Eglantine PORTELANCE,   b. 16 Jul 1899, St-Emilie-de-Suffolk, Papineau, QC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1940, Pontiac, Oakland, MI, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Family ID F13274  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Doris Jean JACOBS,   b. 25 Feb 1924, Ferndale, Oakland, MI, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1995, Winter Haven, Polk, FL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 3 Mar 1945  St-James, Ferndale, Oakland, MI, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Fact 19 Feb 1984  Davenport, Polk, FL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage end Death of one spouse 
    +2. D.J. Charlebois
    +3. D.J. Charlebois
     4. D.L. Charlebois
    Family ID F13268  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S0051183] Birth Certificate of Henry Gilbert Charlebois, Issued by Oakland County, Michigan.

    2. [S0051184] Death Certificate of Henry Gilbert Charlebois, Polk County, FL.

    3. [S0051177] Marriage License of Henry Gilbert Charlebois & Doris Jean Jacobs, Issued by Oakland County, Mi, USA.

    4. [S0051594] 1930 US Census.

    5. [S0052563] Obituary of Amable Francois Charlebois d11-9-1951, (Published about November 10, 1951 in the Pontiac Press, Pontiac, MI, USA).

    6. [S0052564] Obituary of Eglantine (Portelance) Charlebois d5-28-1940, (Published May 28, 1940 in the Royal Oak Tribune, Royal Oak, MI, USA).

    7. [S1355136] Obituary of Claude Edward Jacobs d8-27-1979, (Published Tuesday, August 28, 1979 in the Royal Oak Tribune, MI, USA).

    8. [S0051528] Florida Death Index, 1877-1998, (Published Online by

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