An Ideal host of the Olden Day Passes

William Bougeno, Age 77, Dies After a Life of Usefulness.


And One of the Best Known Citizens in This End of the State.

Following a six weeks illness, a general physical breakdown and softening of the brain, William Bougeno, 77 years old, died at 4:45 o’clock yesterday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ed. Thurman, 306 South Third street.

Mr. Bougeno had been a resident of Paducah for 63 years, having emigrated to this place from Baucher Oise, France, where he was born January 2, 1833. Soon after coming in Paducah he engaged in the hotel business at the corner of First and Broadway, where the Armour plant now stands. He afterwards sold his interest in the hotel and became interested in the grocery business, but five years later he retired from active business and settled down to enjoy the wealth which he had accumulated. His one great sorrow during this time was the death of his wife, who died in 1903. She, too, was a native of France and had been married since 1854.

Mr. Bougeno was a faithful member of the First Baptist church, a Mason and a member of the Golden Cross lodge. He is survived by five children, 31 grand children and 10 great-grand children. His children are Mrs. M. T. Linn, of DuQuoin, Ill., Mrs. Ed D. Thurman, Mrs. Edward Kruger and Messrs. Henry and John Bougeno, of this city.

The funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the First Baptist church, the Rev. M. E. Dodd officiating. The Paducah Judge of Masons will have charge of the funeral and burial will be in Oak Grove.

The pall-bearers are: 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: Bob Piper. Paducah Daily News-Democrat March 23, 1910.