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Michigan, USA

This Page is about the genealogy of the Bonjour families from Michigan, via Indiana. This family has a disputed, un-confirmed origin of coming from either France or Switzerland. It is from a branch of this family, now in Michigan, that I find my roots.

My Personal Family Histories

Genealogy charts and other information on these families are found here.


Great Grandparents of Ernest Francis Bonjour (author of this) on Mother's side. The Kletecka family lived in the village of Hurki (sounds like Hoorky) in Bohemia. In 1889, they sold the house and took out passage on an old ship for the USA. Father Kletecka paid separate passage for sons Frank and Vaclav junior, who had recently been mustered out of the Army after three years of service.
Great-Grandfather Vaclav also took out passage for his wife Katherine, daughters Barbara age 19, Mary (Grandmother, born October 28, 1871) age 16, Anna age 6, and an old Aunt, a sister of Vaclav. The sister grieved so much at the thought of being left behind that Grandfather Vaclav didn't have the heart to leave his sister behind. The sister lived hardly a year after arriving in the USA.
It took the old ship two weeks to cross the Atlantic Ocean, with everyone being seasick in the steerage. They docked in the Port of Boston and went to Philadelphia and hence to Nebraska. They all took out homesteads in the County of Crookston, Nebraska. On February 17, 1892 Mary Kletecka married John Sedlacek originally came from the village of Huinki in Bohemia.
In 1910 Grandfather John Sedlacek from Kennedy, Nebraska in Valentine, Nebraska. Note: John Sedlacek originally came from the village of Huinki in Bohemia. In 1910 Grandfather John Sedlacek and Grandmother Mary Sedlacek swapped their ranch for a farm in Chesaning, Michigan. Grandfather John Sedlacek could speak Viennese German.


Tidbits about Grandma & Grandpa Sedlacek (John Sedlacek and Mary Kletecka), as remembered by Ernest Francis Bonjour

Grandpa farmed 120 acres with a John Deere tractor and four mules. He didn't like horses because they ate too much and beside they couldn't do anymore work.
Grandpa owned a Bean and Corn husking machines. They were operated off a drive pulley from the John Deere tractor. They were very dangerous machines with belts and pulleys all over and unprotected. When the proper season rolled around, Grandpa and Uncle Edward (Sedlacek, born October 9, 1891) would make the rounds with the neighborhood farmers. Everyone would get into the process, helping out one another. the best thing about this, was at each Host Farm, the Ladies would really put on a feast, including fried chicken, and all the trimmings and homemade pies.
Grandpa Sedlacek had a wonderful large fruit orchard and vineyard. He had only one sweet cherry tree and Grandma Sedlacek guarded that with all her mighty powers. I remember several times when Brother Edward (Bonjour) and I would try to sneak in and pick a few and would always get caught and punished. From the seven types of grapes, Grandpa would make his wine. One variety of grapes made the best wine and he always knew which one this was. Grandma would always use his best wine to make her mince meat when Grandpa butchered. Grandpa knew this but didn't dare say anything because he wanted to continue making his wines.
Now all this excellent fruit and wine, including Grandpa's homemade beer was kept in an underground cellar. Brother Edward and I always had the job to keep the water out of this storage area by using an old-fashioned hand pump. Whenever Grandma Sedlacek wanted something from the cellar-like potatoes, apples or a jar of fruit, she would send Brother Edward or me to get it. I was always afraid because Grandpa's homemade beer was very unstable and when pressure changed in the cellar by opening the two doors -- some of the beer bottles would explode.
Grandpa Sedlacek was an excellent melon grower. Every season, he would head to the field. Every hill was dug down and the hole filled with rich manure and covered up with dirt and the seeds were planted. The water tank in the stockyard was always filled with wonderful watermelons during the growing season.
Every week Grandpa and Grandpa Sedlacek would go into the city of Chesaning for their Lodge meeting. The last word from Grandma Sedlacek was -"now you boys stay away from that Strawberry patch"- Well Brother Edward and I watched the car get out of sight and we headed for the strawberry patch. We were enjoying ourselves until I stepped on the lost rake. The tines were sticking up and I punctured my right foot, putting three nasty holes in it. We didn't dare say anything for two days. By that time, I couldn't walk and Grandma asked "what's the matter with your foot?". Well the truth had to come out and we were punished for disobeying Grandma Sedlacek.

Note: The two following, Louis & Lewis, are the same person

Louis Bonjour

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, October 6, 1911

Eugene Bonjour, of Fort Wayne, received news of the death of his father, Lewis (sic) Bonjour, which occurred Monday at Chesasing, Mich. Until three years ago the deceased was a resident of this city having come here many years ago from Germany. He was 73 years of age. The following children survive: Louis, Ernest, Eugene and the Misses Sarah, Martha and Ernestine Bonjour.

Louis Bonjour, by his last will and testament, left all his property to his wife, she to keep same in repair and reap all rents and income therefrom. After her death, the property goes to his children - an Allen county farm to his son, Eugene, who is named executor, provided he pays $200 to each of two other sons whose whereabouts are unknown, and $3,000 to a daughter, Mrs. Martha M. Morgan: an Allen county farm to a daughter, Ernestine, who is to pay Mrs. Morgan $1,000, and a Saginaw Michigan farm to a son, Seraphine, who is to pay Mrs. Morgan $500.

Celestine Bonjour

Fort Wayne News Sentinel, July 21, 1930

Mrs. Celestine Bonjour, aged 84, a lifelong resident of Jackson Township, succumbed to senility and complications this morning about 6:30 o'clock at the home of a son, Eugene Bonjour, in Jackson Township. The son lives on the old Bonjour homestead where Mrs. Bonjour had resided for many years.

Surviving besides the son are a daughter, Mrs. Ernestine Coonrod, 23 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. The body was removed to the Harper Funeral Parlors at New Haven and will be returned to the home of the son Tuesday morning.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock at the St. Louis Catholic Church at Besancon. The Rev. L. Nicholas Allgeir will officiate. Burial in the church cemetery.

Fred Bonjour
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