Individual Record 167

Name}   Romandy, Gounod Family History} Olson                 
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Fam 18 Apr 1893 Place} Coronado, San Diego, California
Marr. 1: Date} Exa 11 Aug 1919 Place}     , Los Angeles, California     (Link)
Marr. 2: Date} Cir 1924 Place}     ,     , California     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 19 Feb 1942 Place}     , Los Angeles, California
Burial: Date} Aft 19 Feb 1942 Place} San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California
  Grave Marker} Yes  &
Source 1}1165=Photograph
Source 2} 419 = Newspaper
Source 3}1057=Newspaper
Source 4} 1038=1900 USA cen
Source 5}1073=Newspaper
Source 6} 1039=1910 USA cen
Source 7} 845 = Military rec
Source 8}1430=Marriage rec
Source 9} 1042=1920 USA cen
Source 10} 1043=1930 USA cen
Source 11} 1356=1940 USA cen
Source 12}1045=Biography
Source 13}1049=Letter
Source 14}1140=Biography
Source 15}1160=Letter
Source 16} 716 = Death record
Source 17}   19 = Cemetery rec
Source 18}1222=Cemetery rec
Parents: } Dionys Heberling Romandy & Emma Wilhelmina Hildebrand
   Relationship No.} 79
1st Household No.} 447 = Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
      Occupation 1} Musician/violinist
       Occupation 2} Artist/painter
  Religion/Church}  
Spouses:   Prime} Bitter, Marguerite
                              Reese, Jean
 Total Number of} 2
Dionys Romandy, Emma Hildebrand, 
                           Gounod Romandy Notes:  Gounod Romandy was born 18 Apr 1893 in Coronado, California.  He is seen at left with his parents, Dionys Heberling Romandy and Emma Wilhelmina Hildebrand, in 1894.  His brother Dion was born in 1895.  His father was a great violinist and conducted his own orchestra.  Unfortunately, he died in 1899 when his sons were very young, but not before he had started Gounod on the violin.
In April 1899, shortly after his father's death, the local newspaper reported on a musical recital by the pupils of Miss Julia Hildebrand, Gounod's aunt.  "Young" Gounod played a violin solo.  On 24 Sep 1899, The San Francisco call reported on Gounod and his exceptional talent.  He had played in a benefit concert before an audience of 3,000 people in the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, where his father had also played. . The article reported how Gounod was completely devoted to his father's memory, and that he visited his father's grave in the San Gabriel Cemetery each Sunday with flowers.

In the 1900 U.S. census, Gounod was living with his mother and brother in the family home located at 1073 Wall Street in Los Angeles.  His mother was supporting the family as a music teacher.  Gounod attended Los Angeles High School from 1911 to 1915.  He registered for the World War I draft on 5 Jun 1917.  He was described as tall, of slender build, with blue eyes amd black hair.  He was a concert violinist for the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra.  He claimed an exemption from the draft as he "jointly with brother support[ed] mother".

In addition to playing with the Los Angeles Symphony, Gounod was the concert master in leading theatres in Los Angeles.  By the 1930 U.S. census, he was working in the motion picture industry.  From 1935 to 1940, he was a violinist for the Walt Disney Studios.  But Gounod also became well known for his oil paintings of California landscapes, exhibiting his work, and winning awards in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Gounod married Marguerite Bitter on 11 Aug 1919, and the couple were living with her parents in the 1920 U.S. census.  The marriage was a short one.  He married Lillian Jean Reese about 1924.  Their first child, a son, was born about 1925.  In the 1930 U.S. census, the family was living at 721 Vista in Los Angeles, California.  In the census record, Gounod was listed as a musician in the motion picture industry.  A daughter was born about 1939.  In the 1940 U.S. census, the family was still in the same house, and Gounod was listed as a musician/violinist.  Their son was 14 years, and daughter 1 year.

Gounod died on 19 Feb 1942 in Los Angeles, at the age of 48 years.  He is buried in the San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, California.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}   Gounod Romandy Gounod Romandy
Confirm. Date}   Photos} Gounod Romandy
            at Age Two and at Age Six
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade} College, 1 yr       or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                                    for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated} 10 May 2014
Date Created}    9 Jun 2003
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