Berteau Avenue

Berteau Ave., 4200N, 1400 to 8400W (previously called Centre St.) Named after F.G. Berteau,  a French socialist and later an American citizen. Societe Francaise de Bienfaisance De Illinois –  important French residents of city were members.

The Societe Francaise de Bienfaisance de L’Illinois, which has been in existence for a quarter of a century, was organized and incorporated in Chicago, February 23, 1863. The original charter members of the society, who were among the most prominent French residents of the city, were —

 F.G. Berteau, A. Fredin, A. Ravin d’F.lpeux, A. Penguet, 1 Dinet, O. Ravenot, George Deloynes, A- Spink, J. Leduc, T. Colne, J. Colne, A. Coignard, A. Bournique, 1.. Lassire, E. Aze, I.. Sterling, P. Roffinot, A. Hengley, S. E. Pinta, D. Franchere, A. Andre, A. Schall, H. Freand, J. Schwartz, F. Canda, A. Gagne and M. Laguische.

The object of the association was to help French speaking residents of the State when in distress; and its officers have relieved numerous cases of extreme suffering, and supplied a large number of persons with transportation to friends. After the fire, some three thousand dollars of contributions passed through the society’s hands, and was distributed to sufferers by the conflagration. The average membership of the organization is about one hundred; and from their dues, and entertainments given from time to time, is derived the revenue for a relief fund. The presidents, since the organization of the society, have been as follows:

F.G. Berteau, George Deloynes, Ambrose Gagne, Victor Gerardin, E. Marguerat, P. Roftinot, Theofilus Gueroult, M. Crepin, E. Engel, Charles Henrotin.

The present officers are —B. Laparle, president; A Marguerat, G. Sauret, F. X. Lambert, vice-presidents; Theofilus Gueroult, secretary and financial agent ; Leon Dupuy, treasurer; and six directors.

Excerpt from:

The History of Chicago From the Earliest Period to the Present Time
In Three Volumes
VOLUME III. — FROM THE FIRE OF 1871 UNTIL 1885
BY A. T. ANDREAS
THE A. T. ANDREAS COMPANY, PUBLISHERS, CHICAGO
1886