Here is what I can find. The problem is “in the translation.” None of the census takers could ever spell the name and so you keep running into dead ends because of different spellings of the name. I can’t tell you much about the parents except that according to his death certificate and the census documents they were both born in England. I tried tracking them down in the 1885 Colorado Territory Census and came up blank.


Basil Winter de Guichard (28 Dec 1885 - 29 May 1958) was born in Denver, CO



Social Security #: 546223279 

Sex: MALE 

Birth Date: 28 Dec 1885 

Birthplace: COLORADO 

Death Date: 29 May 1958 

Death Place: LOS ANGELES 

Mother's Maiden Name: BAINES, England 

Father's Surname: DEGUICHARD, England 

Inurnment at “Chapel of the Pines” Beverley Hills, CA



1908 VP Champion Ignition

1918 draft: Nearest relative: Mrs. R.A. Chalmers, London, England

1920: census status: divorced, first wife unknown.

1922: General Manger, AC Spark Plug

1927 President AC Spark Plug (November)

1929 Retired because of health from AC

1930 Married to Mae Nash (heiress to Nash Motors, daughter of CW Nash). Date of marriage unknown. Divorced 1931 or 1932, no children mentioned.

1932 Married Actress Ruth Donnelly, she survived him. Died in 1982 with more than 100 films to her credit.

Executive with Lockheed and Vega Aircraft Firms, consultant for U.S. Air Force