What's the story behind Chatillon Lux?
Herman Melville, in his review of The Oregon Trail, said that Chatillon was “as gallant a man…as ever shot buffalo. For this Henry Chatillon we feel a fresh and unbounded love. He belongs to the class of men, of who Kit Carson is the model; a class, unique, and not to be transcended in interest by any personages introduced to us by Scott…May his good rifle never miss fire; and where he roves through the prairies, may the buffalo ever abound.”
Chatillon’s first wife was a Sioux named Bear Robe, daughter of Oglala Sioux Chief Bull Bear. Unfortunately she passed as Chatillon was wrapping up his final adventure, and Chatillon returned to his hometown of Saint Louis alone, eventually marrying Odile Delor Lux.
Odile Delor Lux was the granddaughter of Clement Delor de Treget, the founder of the French trading hamlet of Carondelet, located in present-day South Saint Louis at the confluence of the River Des Peres and Mississippi River.
In its formative years, Carondelet was referred to as Delor's Village by residents, Vide Poche by neighboring Saint Louis residents, Catalan's Prarie by traders, and Louisborough by Delor de Treget, himself. Eventually, Delor de Treget settled on the name Carondelet as a tribute to the Spanish Governor of Louisiana Francisco Louis Hector de Carondelet.
My name is Shawn, and I started this business in South Saint Louis with the help of some friends. Now I am proudly making handcrafted scents and shaving supplies inspired by my hometown. Get in touch! My email is Shawn@ChatillonLux.com
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