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Peter Joseph BOQUEL

Peter Joseph BOQUEL

Male 1873 - 1950  (77 years)Deceased

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  • Name Peter Joseph BOQUEL  [1, 2, 3
    Relationshipwith Charles I.
    Born 23 MAR 1873  St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 1880  St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1900  South Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1910  South Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Draft Registration 12 SEP 1918  526 Locus Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1920  Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1930  Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 09 SEP 1950  Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 77 years 
    Buried 09 SEP 1950  Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Saint John's University Archives . chapter II: Football
      "...The 1903 season proved to be an improvement over the previous season, though the inability of St. John's to secure games was still in evidence. St. John's defeated the St. Cloud Normals by a score of 5-0 in its first game, then lost to the Normals 17-5 in the return game. Spirits were high, nevertheless, mainly because manager Frank Neary (later a prominent member of St. Martin's Abbey in Washington) was indefatigable in trying to secure more games. The season stands out, however, because it brought the first coach to St. John's, Peter Boquel, a highly qualified Physical culture instructor, who only reluctantly accepted "the irksome task of coaching football" (Record, November 1903, p. 356). The coming of Peter Boquel was an auspicious event in St. John's athletic history for the reason that he was not only a popular addition to the faculty, but was also a trained conditioner and the introducer of gymnastics, one of the important features of St. John's athletic activities clear up into the early 1920's. We read commendations of his work in the field of intercollegiate athletics such as the following review of the 1903 season: "The coaching of Professor Boquel is entirely responsible for the victory of the University eleven over the St. Cloud Normals.... During the first half the Normals became aware that they were up against the real thing now" (Record, November 1903, p. 356)."
    • Boquel's Gym Class at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota
      http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/john/id/332
    • Chapter V: The Administration of Abbot Peter Engel from 1894 to the present time / 1903-04
      "Although the Gymnasium and outfit were at hand for some time, physical training had not been organized on a systematic basis. Infill of this year (1903) a special instructor in this line of work was secured in Mr. Peter Boquel, of South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As a first venture he was engaged to teach from October 1 to April 1, covering the period when outdoor exercises are at a minimum and when the continual indoor life is most apt to tell upon the physical health of the student. The trainer, besides conducting the regular culture classes, voluntarily acted as coach for the athletic teams."
      College of Saint Benedict Saint John's website:http://www.csbsju.edu/SJU-Archives/SJUHistory/BooksaboutStJohns/HoffmannBook/HoffmannChapter5.htm
    • RJCarr: Transcribed from handwritten notes by Joseph Peter Boquel and shared by his son Gerald Boquel:
      "Dad was born in St. Louis, MO. The family moved back to Bethlehem and settled. I never remember my dad telling me how far he went in school. (Note: if anyone should have had formal education it was my dad.) At that time anyone born in Bethlehem could have gotten free tuition. My dad said practically no one took advantage of this situation.

      My dad was very athletic and very mechanical; could do most anything. He told me he first worked for Lehigh University before again returning to Lehigh as custodian of athletic field equipment. Prior to going back he went to St. Mary's College in Kentucky. Was gym coach, basketball coach and taught manual training, then went to so same thing at St. John's University in Minnesota.

      During this period he lived with all priest; one taught him how to do charcoal drawing and flourishings. (Joey has these works.) He was offered a lifetime job at St. John's. They would build him a home on the campus which he said was situated on a lake. I understand he became quite proficient in ice-skating & ice sail-boating & bowling. (My mother just refused to move out of Bethlehem.) So my dad came back to Beth, PA and taught manual training at Moravia Prep School in Bethlehem - was both boys & girls basketball

      Finally after 10 years of courtship he married my mother; apparently Frank and I were gleams in their eyes and that's how Frank & I got here. My dad used to take us with him (Frank & I) when they went on basketball trips outside Bethlehem.
      Other things he did:
      a. He taught fencing (foil, epée & saber)
      b. Gave boxing exhibitions
      c. Exhibited how to swing Indian clubs
      d. Very good at handball

      In 1917 he returned to Lehigh University. This was his final job - remained there 'till they retired him in about 1945. He never recovered after this. He went slowly downhill. As long as I can remember he went to Mass every day of the week. He once told me, as we spent a lot of time together, that if he didn't promise my mother to marry her he would have become a priest.

      If I were to write an epitaph for my dad it would say: 'A very nice guy is here.'"
    Person ID I118  Carr-Scott
    Last Modified 23 APR 2017 

    Father Francois BOQUEL
              b. 04 JUN 1826, Tirol, Austria Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 JAN 1895, South Bethlehem, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Bridget DWYER
              b. MAR 1847, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 31 MAR 1930  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Family ID F258  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors Mary Ann O'HEARN
              b. 12 APR 1877, Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 FEB 1959, Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 04 OCT 1943  Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Francis P. BOQUEL
              b. 06 FEB 1909
              d. 27 AUG 1988, Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Married: 1x2. Joseph Peter BOQUEL
              b. 18 SEP 1912, Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 04 APR 1985, Silver Spring, Montgomery, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 22 APR 2017 
    Family ID F401  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 MAR 1873 - St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1900 - South Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Peter Boquel is shown as a teacher living at 232 Wood Street, South Bethlehem Borough, Northampton County, NJ. He is living with his wife Mary and 1-month old son Francis. - 1910 - South Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDraft Registration - Lehigh University, Physical Director - 12 SEP 1918 - 526 Locus Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1920 - Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Peter's household in 657 Taylor Street, Bethlehem, PA included his wife, Mary Ann O'Hearn, sons Frank and Joseph and Mary's sisters Nora and Catherine O'Hearn. The two sons are listed as students (ages 21 and 17) while the sisters-in-law are listed as a servant and a clerk respectively at ages 40 and 21. - 1930 - Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 04 OCT 1943 - Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 09 SEP 1950 - Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 09 SEP 1950 - Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents 5 documents

    Death Certificate
    Boquel, Peter J: 1950 PA Death Certificate.jpg
    Boquel, Peter J: 1950 PA Death Certificate.jpg

  • Sources 
    1. [S303] 1880 United States Federal Census.
      Online publication - Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [databaseon-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. 1880U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-daySaints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rightsreserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and otherterms and conditions applicable to this site.Original data - UnitedStates of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the UnitedStates, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and RecordsAdministration, 1880.T9, 1,454 rolls. Saint Louis, Saint Louis,Missouri, ED 160, roll T9_725, page 221.4000, image 0223.

    2. [S262] 1910 United States Federal Census.

    3. [S265] 1920 United States Federal Census.