Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
LEON ALBOUCQ is one of the leading
business men of Hartline. He opened his present line in this prosperous
town in 1902 and now carries a large stock of feed, posts, fencing material,
implements, buggies and wagons. He has a thriving patronage and has
shown himself a substantial and capable business man.
Leon Alboucq was born in the sunny land of
France, his native heath being Mount St. Jean, Department of Aisne.
The date of his nativity is January 11, 1864. The parents of our
subject are Alexis and Aglae (Jerard) Alboucq, both natives of France.
Mr. Alboucq was educated in the common schools and grew to manhood in his
native land. At the early age of twenty-one he enlisted in the regular
army of France and for five years served in the infantry, never leaving
his native place during these years. In 1889, he bade farewell to
home and friends and journeyed to the United States, living first at Broken
Bow, Nebraska. For two years that was his home and farming occupied
his attention. Then he moved to Douglas county, Washington, and selected
a homestead eight miles north from Hartline, where he lived until 1902.
He has added land to his holdings, by purchase, until he owns a section,
which he farms, in addition to his business in town. Mr. Alboucq
has no brothers or sisters in the United States, but those in France are:
Mrs. Eugenie Lemeret, of Aoust; Eugene Cyril, of Mezieres; Mrs. Marie Deville,
also of Mezieres; and Mrs. Claire Julien, of La Fere, all in the department
The marriage of Leon Alboucq and Miss Elsie
Sleicher was consummated on March 7, 1889, in Paris, France. Mrs.
Alboucq was born in Karlsruhe, Baden, Germany, on December 10, 1866, and
has one brother, James A., a machinist, at Reading, Pennsylvania.
The fruit of this marriage is as follows; Louis E., born July 21, 1894;
Blanche Leona, born May 1, 1896; Claire Aglae, born April 22, 1902; Hartline
is the native place of all three children. Mr. Alboucq was first
banker of lodge number 9874, of the M. W. A. He and his family are
adherents of the Catholic church.