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Biography of Charles P. La Riviere

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CHARLES P. LA RIVIERE, city clerk of Chicopee since 1922, was born in St. Albans, Vermont, April 20, 1877, the son of Henry and Felanice (Perrins) La Riviere. His father was a machinist by trade, and was employed in the Overman Wheel Company in Chicopee and Chicopee Falls. The family moved to Chicopee when Charles P. was fourteen years old, and he was educated in the public schools of Chicopee, while he attended night school in Chicopee Falls after he had begun to work for himself. He was for three years in the draughting department of the Overman Wheel Company; then with Spaulding & Pepper, manufacturers of bicycle tires for a year and a half, and was one year and a half in the Chicopee Falls Machine Shop. He again returned to the draughting department of the Overman Wheel Company, and continued in that connection until the business was closed up, about a year and a half. His next employment was as draughtsman for the J. T. Stevens Arm and Tool Company. He also acted as accountant and did general office work. He is a trustee of the Chicopee Falls Savings Bank, and represents Ward No. 5 on the Chicopee School Board. After ten years with the Stevens Arms and Tool Company he became timekeeper for the Fisk Rubber Company, and continued for one and a half years. He was in business under the firm name of La Riviere & St. Marie, dealers in general furnishings, shoes, and the like in Chicopee Falls, at No. 108 Main Street. He was elected city clerk in 1922, reelected in 1925 for a three year term, and continues to fill that office. He has been financial secretary for the Foresters of America, Court Daulac, No. 113, for twenty years; member of the Knights of Columbus, Elder Council of Chicopee Falls; of Navajo Tribe, No. 95, Improved Order of Red Men, of Chicopee, of which he is Past Sachem and one of the organizers; and is a member of the St. Jean Baptiste Society, of which he has been a member since he was sixteen years old. He is a member of the Laurier Club, and of the Kiwanis Club, of Chicopee Falls. He attends the Roman Catholic Church of St. George.

Mr. La Riviere was married, April 26, 1899, in Chicopee Falls, to Corinne L. Maynard, daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Chamberlain) Maynard, long residents of Chicopee Falls. They are the parents of Edna, born December 8, 1900, who married Philip Ologny; he served in the World War and was overseas about three years. He held the rank of lieutenant in the Vermont Division; also a son, named Norman, who was born November 20, 1911. The business address of Mr. La Riviere is the City Hall, Chicopee. His house address is No. 24 Fulton Street, Chicopee Falls.


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