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Great Great Uncle Albert Joseph Pleau

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Albert Joseph Pleau, who was commonly known as Al Pleau, was the oldest of my great-grandfather George’s younger brothers. Since I happened to find the most newspaper articles for his showbiz career, I consider him the most famous of the brothers. Below is an outline of his life:

  • Born January 30, 1878 in Rochester, Monroe County, NY to George Pleau and Emma (Leclair) Pleau. He was their fourth born child and third born son.
  • Like his brother, he had brown hair and brown eyes. He was a registered Democrat in 1940.
  • He seems to have started his working life as a shoemaker from 1896 to 1902. 
  • In March 1897, he had a run-in with the law in Syracuse, NY (more on that in another post). 
  • On March 30, 1902, he married Anna May Griemsman in Rochester, NY.
  • He appears to have moved away briefly in 1902, but returned to Rochester by 1903.  
  • In 1903 and 1904, he and May performed together in vaudeville all over the country.  
  • Al continued performing in vaudeville at least through 1910.
  • By April 19, 1910, he and May had separated. May was living in Cincinnati, OH with family.
  • On March 28, 1911, they were divorced in Hamilton, OH.
  • On January 11, 1912, he married Henrietta A. Harris.
  • Between 1912 and 1914, he was living in Canandaigua, Ontario County, NY.
  • Between 1913 and 1922, he performed alone and with Henrietta as a team, again traveling around the country.  
  • From 1915 to at least 1918, he was living back in Rochester.
  • By January 8, 1920, he and Henrietta lived in San Francisco. To my knowledge, he remained there the rest of his life.
  • By February 1922, Henrietta divorced him over a dispute in splitting their pay.
  • After the divorce, I was only able to find one article about Al acting in a play. However, he seemed to remain an actor for quite some time, since that is his listed occupation in 1940.

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