ABOUT LOUIS CHEVROLET'S ORIGINS
There is today no more doubt left about the real origin of Louis Chevrolet. If he was born in the town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, canton of Neuchâtel, he passed his childhood at Bonfol and at Beurnevésin, two villages of the canton of Jura.
FROM LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS TO BONFOL
It's a matter of chance that Louis Chevrolet was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds. His parents and their first son Alfred (who was three months old) had left Bonfol for two years. The watch-making was in a slump and the father, searching work, had to come in the biggest town of the district and improve on a specialty. After the birth of Louis, the family return to Bonfol.
There is a very important document which proves this story. Louis Chevrolet himself wrote it and sent it to one of his friends who lived in the United States too. Mr Henry Bovay possess this rarity in which Louis Chevrolet describes some details about his childhood : "As you say, I always have been proud of being a Swiss, but I don't know very much about his glory story, as my parents left to France in the year 1886 when I was seven an half years old [ ] I was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, but my family move to Bonfol and Beurnevésin as I was six weeks old, from where we moved to Beaune (Côte-d'Or) in France, where I was sent to school, and from where I left to the United States in 1900 [ ]". Louis Chevrolet had an appointment with History
Besides this letter, some other facts make evidences about the place of Louis Chevrolet's childhood. For example, the birth register of Bonfol point out the name of Fanny Angéline, born on July 31st, 1881. On the register of Beurnevésin we find the name of Berthe Léonie, born on January 23rd, 1883. A few years later, two children are noted : Emile Arthur, April 22nd, 1884, and Marthe Marie, October 14th, 1885 (who will die some time later). The officials records of Beaune also put evidence on the origin of the family of Chevrolet.
Source : Pierre Barras, "36 communes" n°1, September 1995
CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS
Manuscripts and letter from Louis Chevrolet are very rare because, for in 1934, a big fire destroyed all the archives which were, for practical reasons at a sisters who lived in the New Jersey. Almost everything has been burnt : correspondence, hundreds of technical plans, precious archives, and so on. However Louis Chevrolet had family and friends in Switzerland. That's why some documents (letters or postcards for example) may have remained somewhere.
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