Cheney Free Press -

By Luella Dow

After many moves, Billiaus settle in Cheney


Vernon and Laura Billiau

Vernon and Laura Billiau spent years on the move but have finally settled in Cheney - for a second time.

Vernon and Laura Billiau lived at Cheney years ago for a short time. Laura's brother, Michael Dooley had a home here and they came to visit him. Yes, a Dooley is a real Irishman. I imagine Laura was surrounded with them as she grew up. Vernon shares his French background with his ability to build, to repair, to create.

Over the years the Billiau's have moved around a lot. Vernon said, "We have rabbits in our boots.'' They say Michigan is their original home. Laura claims Iron River and Vernon claims East Detroit.

They met in 1942 and were married in 1944 in Detroit when Laura was 18 and Ve...

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