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John Aloysus Hansbrough
b.30 JAN 1882 Enfield, IL
d.12 APR 1960 LosAngeles, CA
Facts and Events
Name John Aloysus Hansbrough
Gender Male
Birth[1] 30 JAN 1882 Enfield, IL
Marriage 15 NOV 1904 Ridgeway, ILto Mary M. Devous
Death? 12 APR 1960 LosAngeles, CA
Reference Number? JWH #114

114. JOHN ALOYSIUS HANSBOROUGH: (71 John) Born January 30, 1882, in Enfield, Illinois; died April 12, 1960, in Los Angeles, California; buried in Valhalla Cemetery, Burbank, California; married Mary M. Devous on November 15, 1904, at Ridgway, Illinois. She died on October 29, 1972, in Burbank, California, and is buried beside her husband in Valhalla Cemetery, Burbank, California. They had six children.

John A. Hansborough, my father.

My father in his early life was a railroad telegrapher. The young family moved a great deal. However, about 1906, they moved to Texas where they spent most of their lives. For five years (1911-1916), they lived at Standart, Texas where my father was railroad agent, telegrapher, postmaster, and operated a small general store. These were days of trouble with the Mexican bandit, Pancho Villa, who once raided all around our place but did not bother the Hansborough family. My father was friendly with the Mexicans, and often advanced them credit in his store. It was here that he bought one of the first automobiles west of San Antonio. On September 8, 1913, he was issued Automobile Register Receipt No. 13 for Kinney County, Texas. The number had to be atached to "Pebbles," his early Ford, in numbers at least six inches high. He made his ownlicense plate. The car was not of much use as there were no roads, and he eventually sold it to Dr. Ross of Del Rio, Texas. The first road was built about 1914, connecting Standart with the military Post of Fort Clark at Brackettville. Prior to that time, travel was cross-country or along the railroad track to Del Rio, a distance of 18 miles. I can well remember one day when we were returning cross-country from Brackettville. "Pebbles" dropped a front wheel in an abandoned well, and I went over the windshield onto the radiator. I suffered a cut about two inches long under my chin and bear the scar to this day. I think that was our last cross-country trip except one. The last one that I remember was when my mother was stung by a "yellow-jacket" wasp, and suffered a violent allergic reaction. My father rushed her to Dr. Ross in Del Rio. It was a wild ride down the railroad right-of-way (no road) for 18 miles. In 1916, the family moved from Standart to San Antonio where the children first attended a public school. Prior to that time, we had a governess for our schooling. Incidentally, when the Hansborough family left Standart the population declined from seven (our family) to zero. We were the only family at Stanadart, and our nearest neighbor was a Mexican family at Pinto Junction, seven miles away. In 1918, the family moved to Dallas, Texas where my father worked for the Willard Storage Battery Company as a salesman, and later as a station manager until 1929. In 1930, he was injured in a fall, while serving on a jury, and this affected him the rest of his life. From 1931 until his death in 1960, he and my mother usually lived with, or close to, one of their children. It is to be noted that my father abandoned the German sounding name of Hansbrough during World War I; and thereafter, used the English sounding spelling of Hansborough. As can be seen from Chapter I, Section 3, this should not have caused much of a problem, but it did upset his sisters who always resented his changing the way he spelled the name.

Children (HANSBOROUGH) 168. Baby Boy - died shortly after birth on August 1, 1905, in East St. Louis, Illinois. NFI. 169. JEANNETTE ANNA - born March 3, 1907. 170. JOHN WILLIAM - born May 18, 1908. 171. RAPHAEL DEVUS - born November 10, 1910. 172. NORMAN JOSEPH - born September 26, 1912. 173. MARY CATHERINE DOLORES - born February 4, 1916.

References
  1. John W. Hansborough. History and Genealogy of the Hansborough - Hansbrough Family. (Name: Name: 1981, John W. Hansborough;;)
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    114. JOHN ALOYSIUS HANSBOROUGH: (71 John) Born January 30, 1882, in Enfield, Illinois; died April 12, 1960, in Los Angeles, California; buried in Valhalla Cemetery, Burbank, California; married Mary M . Devous on November 15, 1904, at Ridgway, Illinois. She died on October 29, 1972, in Burbank, California, and is buried beside her husband in Valhalla Cemetery, Burbank, California. They had six chil dren. Children (HANSBOROUGH) 168. Baby Boy - died shortly after birth on August 1, 1905, in East St. Louis, Illinois. NFI. 169. JEANNETTE ANNA - born March 3, 1907. 170. JOHN WILLIAM - born May 18, 1908. 171. RAPHAEL DEVUS - born November 10, 1910. 172. NORMAN JOSEPH - born September 26, 1912. 173. MARY CATHERINE DOLORES - born February 4, 1916.