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Blanche Allen Bedaux Seeks Wounded Husband

Wife Travels Around World Seeking her Wounded Husband

Mrs. B.(lanche) A. Bedaux and her son Charles, 7, who were forced by the whims of fate to make a journey around the world to find the boy’s father, a French army lieutenant, who was wounded in battle.

They reached San Francisco recently from the Orient and left at once for their home in Grand Rapids, Mich., where the soldier parent awaits them.

The daughter of a Michigan furniture manufacturer, Mrs. Bedaux married nine years ago a French engineer she met in New York. He lived in this country. At the outbreak of the war Bedaux went to France, enlisted, and soon was made a lieutenant.

Last August he was wounded and after a few weeks in the hospital, was granted a furlough. He cabled his wife and she departed for Paris to meet him. She wired she was on the way, but the message miscarried. Lieutenant Bedaux, recuperating, went to Petrograd and eventually started for America via Siberia.

The wife got to Paris a week after he had departed. She followed him to the Russian capital. She found he husband had left there for Japan and again took up the pursuit. At Tokyo she learned that her husband had sailed a fortnight before for Vancouver. Mrs. Bedaux took the next steamer for this country. She will meet her husband at Grand Rapids after a trip of more than 25,000 miles.

Muskegon Chronicle, January 30, 1917, page 9


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