Celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. William Rochelle—They Began Life’s Journey Together Half a Century Ago—Have Always Been Held in High Esteem
Mr. and Mrs. William Rochelle, of 610 Heaton street, two of Hamilton’s most estimable residents, passed the golden anniversary of their wedding Wednesday of this week. No formal celebration of the event was held on account of the death of their son, Wm. E. Rochelle, which occurred recently.
William and Catharina [sic] Frazer [sic] began life together in this city, just a half century ago the 17th of August and here in Hamilton they have remained and enjoyed the respect and esteem of this community during all that time. Four children, two sons and two daughters, were born to them, and grew into manhood and womanhood here. Two of these, a son and daughter, are dead. They were Clara and Wm. Ed. Rochelle. The two living children, are Mrs. Flora Smith, of Cincinnati and John F. Rochelle, a member of crew No. 5 of the Hamilton fire department.
Wm. Rochelle came to the state of Ohio from New Jersey when a mere boy, and settled fifteen miles east of Columbus, where his father made charcoal for the penitentiary and furnished the first fuel for that institution. When William was twelve years old he left home and bound himself for three years to a contractor who carried on a shop in the penitentiary. There young Rochelle learned the trade of a cabinet maker. After that he left Columbus and went to Cleveland where he failed to get work but pluckily drove a cab for sometime and then went to Cincinnati.
During the cholera excitement in Cincinnati, he came to Hamilton on foot, camping under an umbrella along the road. Here he went to work in a cabinet works on North Water street and afterwards became a contracting carpenter. He left the carpenter business to become a millwright for Beckett and Laurie and remained with the paper mill until the firm failed.
Then the Civil War broke out and Mr. Rochelle was kept busy making gun stocks for the government. After the war, he went to work for Owens, Lane and Dyer and at the same time opened up a small grocery store on Heaton street. For three years his wife run [sic] the grocery while he worked in the shop and then he left the shop to give his attention to the grocery which had prospered. Then for twenty-seven years he operated the grocery and has now retired to a quiet life, an honored and respected citizen.
Mr. and Mrs. Rochelle are both hale and hearty and their many friends wish them many more wedding anniversaries.
Source: Hamilton Evening Democrat, August 20, 1904.