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Descendants of Inismet DesPlanques

Generation No. 1

      1. Inismet1 DesPlanques was born March 29, 1870 in Bouberd, Pas de Calais, France, and died November 06, 1954 in Knoxville, Iowa at his home. He married (1) Mathilde Wattiaux 1892 in France, daughter of Francis Wattiaux and ?. She was born 1872 in Ville D Henin - Lietlard, France, and died August 20, 1921 in Flagler, Marion County, Iowa at home. He married (2) Marie Crone 1925. She was born March 23, 1873 in France, and died April 10, 1960 in Elm Crest Nursing Home Des Moines, Iowa.

Notes for Inismet DesPlanques:
This is where Great Gramdpa Inismet was born.

Pas-de-Calais, department in northern France, 6594 sq km (2546 sq mi) in area, with the English Channel and the Strait of Dover on the west and north, the departments of Nord on the north and east and Somme on the south. The land is generally flat, but a chain of low hills crosses from southeast to northwest, forming the watershed between the basins of the North Sea and the English Channel. The Canche, Authie, Scarpe, and Liane rivers are navigable and are the most important of the several hundred rivers and waterways.
Landmarks of the Pas-de-Calais include the Grande-Place of Arras, the Gothic basilica of Notre Dame at Saint Omer, and the fortified medieval castle at Saint Pol. Petit-Fort-Philippe is an old fortified town. Pas-de-Calais has often been a battleground. In 1415 the English vanquished the French at the Battle of Agincourt. In 1871 the French defeated the Prussians at Bapaume, and in World War I (1914-1918) vicious fighting took place in Pas-de-Calais. In 1940, during the early part of World War II (1939-1945), the German army overran Pas-de-Calais; it was in German possession until 1944. Population (1990) 1,433,203.

Obit From Flagler Area History (Iowa)
1877 - 1998

Inismet DesPlanques was born in Bouberd, Pas de Calais, France, March 29, 1870, and died November 6, 1954 at his home in Knoxville, at the age of 84 years, 7 months and 7 days. The deceased was married to Mathilde Watiaux in 1892. To this union were born six children. His wife Mathilde died August 20, 1921 at their home in Flagler. In 1925, he was then married to Mrs. Marie Crone.

The deceased served three years in the French Army. Fifty-one years ago he came to this country and lived and worked as a miner in the vicinity of Flagler for many years. He belonged to the United Mine Workers Union. He was a member of St. Anthony's Church.

The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marie Crone DesPlanques, and by his six children: Inismet of El Paso, Texas, Clabbert of Phoenix, Arizona, Walter and Marceau of Hamilton, and Samuel and Mrs. Flo Vanceunebrock of Knoxville; four step-children; Alfred Crone of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Marie Griffith and Leon Crone of Des Moines and Mrs. William Bennett of Triniday, B.W.I., twenty-one grandchildren and thirty-six great-grandchildren.

Requiem High Mass was held from the St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Tuesday forenoon at 9:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Paul Albers. Interment was made in the Graceland Cemetery.

Funeral Card

In Loving Rememberance

St. Anthony's Catholic Church
Tuesday, November 9, 1954
9:30 A.M.

Rev. Paul C. Alvers

Jack Thomas
Kenneth Crone
Marceau Desplanques
Marceau Vancenbrock
Albert Desplanques
Charles Mitchell

St. Anthony's School Chior
Sister Ann Joseph, S.S.N.D., Organist

Matilda Kingery
Adaline Mitchell
June Desplanques

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Naturalization Records
Index from Marion County Genealogical Society
To Find at Marion County Courthouse

Desplanques, Imsinet                        AA-30
Desplanques, Inismet                        BB-26
DesPlanques, Imsmet                        CC-292901

More About Inismet DesPlanques:
Burial: November 09, 1954, Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Iowa
Immigration: 1903, France

Notes for Mathilde Wattiaux:
Mathilde came over from France May 21/22 1904 on the St. Louis with her children, Mathilde, Inismet, Walter and Marceau to meet with with her husband Inismet.

Their residence was Bruay, Pas de Calais, France. They boarded the ship at Cherbourg, Manche, France.

In doing this research, I have found that most of the husbands came over a few months earlier and once settled sent for thier families.

These women were very brave to board a ship that crossed the Atlantic to a new land with their small children and meager belongings.

Mathilde died from Uterine Cancer.

More About Mathilde Wattiaux:
Burial: Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Iowa
Immigration: Bet. May 21 - 22, 1904, Bruary, Pas de Calais, France

More About Inismet DesPlanques and Mathilde Wattiaux:
Marriage: 1892, France

Notes for Marie Crone:
Nephew of Marie Crone DesPlanques

Lucien Habourdin
A French Sailor Visits His Aunt In Marion County
Tells Some of His Experience in Military & Iowa March 1943
Flagler IA Area History
1877 - 1998

Photo from Yvonne DesPlanques Mefford Collection
I had heard this story from my mother, Yvonne, way before it was published in the Flagler Book. She is the one that took Lucien all around to visit and see the sights of Knoxville and Flagler.

Strangers in foreign lands usually have peculiar experiences. Lucien Habourdin proved no exception, when he arrived in Knoxville last Tuesday evening enroute to Flagler to visit his aunt, Mrs. Inismet (Marie Crone) DesPlanques, and ran into a very unusual situation.

When Seaman Habourdin, who speaks very little English, left Philadelphia on this leave, he had a letter which explained his mission in Iowa. At Chicago, however, when he presented this letter to a conductor, it was not returned to him. So from Chicago, he had to try to explain where he wanted to go in his fluent French. All went well until he left Ottumwa and the conductor on the Burlington had evidently never seen a French navy uniform nor did he have the linguistic ability to recognize the French language, and consequently he jumped to the conclusion that the young man was a patient from the local Veterans Hospital. He telegraphed to the hospital that a patient was arriving. Upon arrival at Knoxville, Seaman Habourdin was met by hospital authorities, who took him to the hospital, even though his cousin, Leon Crone, was at the train to meet his guest. Like the good fellow he is, young Habourdin took the mistake in good grace and soon departed for the DesPlanques home in Flagler where he was greeted by loving relatives, who spoke his beloved native tongue.

In service for France since November 1938, this young man has crowded a life-time of war experience into five years. He served with the French Army for nearly three years, seventeen months of that time in the aviation branch of service. He saw active combat duty in Belgium and at Dunkerque, where he was wounded and taken prisoner. Before he made his escape he said he was well treated except, "there was a food shortage and he was a prisoner." After his escape, young Habourdin and his comrades made their way by rides with friendly truckers and others to unoccupied France. Then they ad an easy time reaching Touloun and getting across to Dakar to join the French Navy units there in 1941.

Seamon Habourdin was with the 700 French sailors that arrived in America February 15 with the remants of the once proud French Fleet, the battleship Richelien, a heavy cruiser, and two light cruisers that were brought to American shipyards for repairs, in a convoy of merchant ships escorted by American destroyers. As a gunner first class on the cruiser Montcalm, Habourdin says that if obeying orders will return him to a war-freed France, he isn't concerned whether Generals DeGaulle, Giraud or Marshall Petain issues them to the French fleet. "That's how a majority of the Frenchmen feel, who refuse to accept that 1940 fall of France as the war's end. They are continuing the fight with the fleet, the fighting French, in other uniforms or underground at home." Habourdin declares, "If our men had equal equipment, the spirit is still there."

French sailors, almost mobbed by American girls in Philadelphia, are enjoying seeing America, but, he continues in his quaint mixture of French, some English words and eloquent gestures, "All we want is to have a little good time before going back to fight, which we hope will be soon." He likes America, but longs to be back home, as his mother and other relatives are in France. He has not seen his mother for two years, nor head from her since the African invasion.

Seamon Hadourdin is very happy to have found relatives here in America. His aunt, Mrs. DesPlanques made a trip to France shortly after the first World War, and saw her nephew as a year-old baby. When she received the letter from Philadelphia, she answered it at once asking him to come for a visit. She and all other relatives here are very proud of the young Veteran who so proudly wears his dark blue uniform, with its dark red service stripes on the sleeve, denoting gallantry in action. The French Navy uniform has a lighter blue collar than the U.S. Navy, and the hat is somewhat smaller but proudly flaunts a dark red pompom on top and across the front the name of his beloved cruiser, "Montcalm." In civilian life in France, the young man was a coal miner.

Young Habourdin went to Des Moines Saturday to spend a few days with his cousin, Mrs. William Bennett, whom he had never seen before. While in Des Moines he was interviewed by a reporter from the Register with Louis Bertin, French-born Des Moines resident, acting as interpreter.

After a Saturday night dance session, Seaman Habourdin had this comment to make on Jitterbugs, "Dancers make less monkeys of themselves in France." He missed the Strauss waltzes.

Those of us that met and enjoyed talking to this gallant young Frenchman, hope with him, that he may soon realize his dearest wish of returning soon to a war-freed France.

More About Marie Crone:
Burial: April 13, 1960, Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Iowa

More About Inismet DesPlanques and Marie Crone:
Marriage: 1925
Children of Inismet DesPlanques and Mathilde Wattiaux are:
  2 i.   Inismet2 DesPlanques, born June 07, 1894 in France; died August 17, 1977 in ElPaso, Texas. He married (1) Zelia in Marion County, Iowa; born 1896; died January 10, 1922 in Flagler, Iowa. He married (2) Josephine Galvin June 07, 1937 in El Paso, Texas; born March 19, 1898; died February 13, 1985 in ElPaso, Texas.
  Notes for Inismet DesPlanques:
1937 Knoxvillian In El Paso - Knoxville Newspaper
Inismet DesPlanques - Now Proprietor of the Sunrise Bakers
El Paso, Texas, January 22, 1937 -- Editor Express: I have now moved from Phoenix, Arizona to El Paso, Texas, and would like for you to send me my paper here. I have started to work here for myself. Am now running the Sunrise Bakery. I have five men working for me. Have a very nice business and hope I will make good here. I started in business on the 16th of January, left my government job at the Indian school in Phoenix the 15th. I hope to see visitors here from Knoxville so we can talk a little about Knoxville; it will look very good to see home-town folks.

I made a trip June 6 to El Paso where I was united in marriage to Josephine Galvin, a well-know furrier here, on June 7, That evening we started our trip, first stopping in Chicago, then to Knoxville, where I remained a week with my folks in Flagler and Knoxville. Now I plan to make El Paso my home. I remain yours, respectfully. - Inismet DesPlanques

From National Cemetery Records On-line

Fort Bliss National Cemetery
Fort Bliss, El Paso County, Texas

DesPlanques, Inismet, b. 06/07/1894, d. 08/17/1977, US Army, PVT, Res: El Paso, TX, Plot: I 0 5512, bur. 08/22/1977

DesPlanques, Josephine G, b. 03/19/1901, d. 02/13/1985, US Army, PVT, Res: El Paso, TX, Plot: I 0 5512, bur. 02/15/1985

  More About Inismet DesPlanques:
Burial: August 22, 1977, Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, Texas
Military service: Bet. 1918 - 1919, Served in WW I

  Notes for Zelia:
Zelia died at home in Flagler of Tuberculosis.

  More About Zelia:
Burial: Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Iowa

  More About Inismet DesPlanques and Zelia:
Marriage: Marion County, Iowa

  More About Josephine Galvin:
Burial: February 15, 1985, Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, Texas

  More About Inismet DesPlanques and Josephine Galvin:
Marriage: June 07, 1937, El Paso, Texas

+ 3 ii.   Mathilde DesPlanques, born July 06, 1896 in ville De Lens, France; died May 25, 1977 in Collins Memorial Hospital, Knoxville, Iowa.
+ 4 iii.   Walter DesPlanques, born October 29, 1900 in Pas de Calais, France; died May 1967 in Phoenix, Arizona.
+ 5 iv.   Marceau DesPlanques, born May 18, 1903 in Bruay, France; died June 29, 2001 in Knoxville Hospital, Knoxville, Iowa.
  6 v.   Clabbert DesPlanques, born May 07, 1906; died May 1985 in Phoenix, Arizona.
+ 7 vi.   Samuel DesPlanques, born June 07, 1917 in Flagler, Knoxville Township, Iowa.

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