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Wong Yew Chong


1. LaFargue Collection 2. 1919 CEM Reunion, LaFargue Collection


Pinyin & Chinese characters Huang Yaochang 黄耀昌
Variant Spellings & Other Names Cheung Yen Wong
Cheung Yew Wong
Wong Chung
Wong Yew Cheong
Wong Yew Cheung
Wong Yew Chiang
Wong Yew Tscheong
Wong Yu Chung
Y.C. Wong
"Dandy Wong"1

Other Chinese Names 黄文南

Detachment 4

LaFargue No. 94

Date of Birth 1863 (majority of sources); or 18602 
Place of Birth Xiangshan, Guangdong Province

Age at Departure for U.S. 13 (Lunar Calendar if born 1863); 16 (Lunar Calendar if born 1860).  Between 12-15 years old, depending on actual date of birth2 

Date of Death  
Place of Death Shanghai
Place(s) of residence in U.S. (1) Springfield, MA
(2) 11 Imlay St., Hartford, CT

American Host Family/ies (1) Eugene Clarence Gardner, Springfield, MA
(2) William B. & Virginia T. Smith, Hartford, CT

School(s), with dates

Hooker Grammar School

Springfield High School;

Hartford Public High School

Notable activities/ awards in school

College/University, with dates

Notable activities/ awards in College

Degree/Diploma Obtained, with date  
First Assignment in China 1881-84 Worked at the first cotton mill in Shanghai.
Later Positions

1884 Chief Chinese Assistant, Shipping Office of Butterfield and Swire Co., Shanghai;

1884-96 Deputy Manager of Hong Kong Branch;

1896-1908 Manager of the Branch at Ichang 宜昌, Hubei 湖北;

1909 Director of China Merchants Steam Navigation Co., Shanghai 上海招商轮船总局;

1909-11 Associate Director, Hankow Office, Peking-Hankow Railway 京汉铁路;

1911-14 Member, Ministry of Communications 交通部;

1914-16 Assistant Managing Director, Peking-Hankow Railway in Peking.

Employment sector(s) Business; Railways

Final rank, if in gov't service Qing rank: Daotai 道台

Father's name  
Mother's name  
Wife/wives Married in 1882, name not known.
Family relations w/ other CEM students

Children's Names 4 sons, 6 daughters, names not known.



Notes and Sources

1. Letter signed "Johnnie Liang", and dated Oct. 8, 1935, 114 Whakee Avenue Bubbling Well Rd, Shanghai, from Yung Shang Him (Rong Shangqian 容尚谦 I, 6) to Woo Yang Tsang (Wu Yangzeng 吴仰曾 I, 3), [p. 3]: 4 typed sheets, with autograph signature, in LaFargue (Pullman).

2.  Most early Chinese sources give 1863 (癸亥 Gui Hai) as Wong's birth year; the biographical entry for "Wong, Yew-cheong (Y.C. Wong)" in the bilingual Who's Who of American Returned Students, published in 1917, gives his birth year as 1860 and his current age as "57 岁." See Who's Who (1917; 1978), p. 139-40.  This source provides most of the data in this profile.