Old Time Hotel Man in Paducah, But Has Been Retired For Long Time.

For many years a resident and respected citizen of Paducah, William Bougeno, a native of France, died at 4:45 o'clock this morning at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Ed D. Thurman, 306 South Third Street. He was 77 years old. Death was due to softening of the brain and a general physical breakdown. Six weeks ago his health became bad and a week later he was compelled to go to his bed. He had been unconscious for several days. During his entire illness he bore his suffering patiently and the end came peacefuly.

Mr. Bougeno was born in Baucher Oise, France, January 2, 1833. At the age of 14 years he immigrated to the United States and settled in Paducah. He engaged in the hotel business at First street and Broadway on the present site of the Armour Packing company in 1854 and two years later he met his wife, who was also a native of France, but who had not known Mr. Bougeno until they met in this city. Her name was Ortance Deseur and she came from Compyne, France, her birthplace.

In 1882 Mr. Bougeno set up in the grocery business. In 1885 he sold it and opened the St. Nicholas hotel. Five years later he retired from active business life, owing to advancing age. Mr. Bougeno was the last member of his family. His wife died February 17, 1903, and since that time he has made his residence with his daughter, Mrs. Thurman. He was a devoted member of the First Baptist church and was a member of the Masonic and Golden Cross lodges.

He is survived by five children, 31 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. His children are as follows: Mrs. M.T. Linn, of DuQuoin, Ill.; Mrs. E.D. Thurman, Mrs. Edward Kruger and Messrs Henry and John Bougeno, all of this city.

The funeral services will be conducted at the First Baptist church at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, the pastor, Rev. M.E. Dodd, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery. The Paducah Lodge of Masons will have charge of the services at the graveyard.

The pall-bearers will be: Honorary--Messrs. J.H. Burnett, Jake Potter, R.L. Ely, William Lockwood, Chris Musselman and A.J. Smith; active--H.B. Saltsgiver, Charles E. Horton, Roy C. Judd, Charles H. Munster, Daniel Orr and O.T. Anderson

Source: William Coltharp. Unknown date and unknown newspaper.