Joseph J. Descloux 1882-1975 Yacolt Washington
My name is Angel, and I am a great-granddaughter of Joseph J. Descloux. I’m the granddaughter of his youngest daughter, Marie Josephine Acosta. I’m so happy to find you! I just started researching the family Descloux last Friday. I didn’t know anyone else was looking for information…this is exciting! I spent last week interviewing my grandmother about her childhood and have that on tape. She (the youngest) was born Marie Josephine Descloux in Oregon City Oregon. Her father Joseph worked at the mill in town and was made millwright (spelling?) very quickly. She always described him as a very smart man. His wife Elise Marie and their youngest daughter became sick because of the smell of the mill. My guess is it was sensitivity to chemicals. Anyway, Great-grandpa Joseph went looking for a new place to live and found one hundred and sixty acres in Yacolt, Washington. They bought a beautiful Victorian house where they lived for about twenty years. My granny describes it as the best years of her life. She was the youngest of five children. There was Gaye (spelling? Referred to as Auntie Gaye), Mitch (I don’t know his full name), Theresa (Terry), and my granny Marie. There was also a fifth child…a little girl named Marie (my grandmother was named after her.) She was hit by a truck and killed when she was very young. My granny didn’t know her, but gets a frown when she talks about it. She swears that it was the only automobile in Yacolt. From the way she said it, it sounds like something her father used to say. She was closest to her father. I never recalled meeting Gaye or Mitch, but Terry and my granny (who were the closest in age) are very close. Terry is still alive and living in Vancouver, Washington. I plan on visiting her this summer. Granny lives in Montesano, Washington with her oldest living daughter.
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