Happy birthday Dennis Lagasse IV!
People who have been reading this blog know who is Dennis the Fourth.
This is what I had written as a note to the file of Robert J. Lagasse, the brother of Harvey Louis Lagasse Jr. and Eugene Francis Lagasse.
Someone had written a message back in 2009 or 2010 and I wrote this note…
I have to check this out…
This is the message sent by Bob Lagasse.
Maybe it’s not that important after all.
If he lived in the North End of Bristol he has to be your Lagasse
Mid-afternoon on Dec. 7, 1941, I was playing hide and seek with a group of kids from the neighborhood in the north end of Bristol when someone interrupted the game to tell us that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. “Where’s Pearl Harbor?” I asked. “In Hawaii,” they replied. Being that I was a knowledgeable 10-year-old and had studied geography, I summed up the situation quickly. “Did you ever see how small Japan is, compared to us?” I questioned. “We’ll beat ‘em in a few weeks,” I analyzed. As I was saying this I was thinking, “If they mess around with my brother, he’ll show ‘em.” I quickly ran home and dashed up the stairs to see if everyone knew of the news. As I looked into the living room, it was obvious that they had. Mom was seated and crying and Dad was consoling her. The radio was on giving the accounts of what was known at that time, which was sketchy and often unconfirmed.
The main concern for Mom’s world was that her son was in the Army in Camp Blanding, Fla., and the one-year training commitment would now become a war requirement for an undetermined period. Although Dad was saying all the right words to Mom, it appeared to me that his heart wasn’t really in it. He was less visibly upset than Mom, but I believe that he was more deeply concerned, having World War I experience to call on. It was an anxious, wait-and-see environment for many years to come.
In genealogy there is no “Maybe it’s not that important after all.”
Jason just wrote…
This is how I met Dennis.
I’m the son of Lionel Lagasse and the grandson of Levi N. Lagasse and Marie Louise (Dube) Lagasse. Levi was one of twelve children born to my great-grandfather Dennis, and the Lagasse name was spelled with a “y” at the end for a time. My great-grandfather Dennis was killed in 1921 in an industrial accident while working in Bristol CT. U.S.A.
Are there any others with a great-grandfather Dennis in their family tree?
That was back in 2011 I believe.
I had never been that excited in my life, genealogy wise I mean. Then Dennis shared a few pictures of his father which I never posted on this blog. I don’t post pictures of living people, and I hope Lionel will live a long long time.
People whose name is Lagasse, or Lagassey, or Lagacé, or La Gase live a long long time. Dennis Lagasse I died in 1900 at the age of 84 years-old and his son Dennis Lagasse II died in 1927 at the same age.
Dennis III died in an industrial accident in 1922. Dennis IV thought it was in 1921. That does not matter, the fact is that he died.
His lost was terrible I am sure to his family.
Collection Donna Salsbury
Since 2011 Dennis has shared more than 100 pictures. He had two more this week.
Collection Dennis Lagasse IV
You see his grandfather collected ashtrays. I never posted this picture before. I think the time is right.
Levi died in September 1964. I don’t think Dennis IV got to know his grandfather well.
He never told me, but I am so excited Dennis took the time to write in 2011.
Who’s Eddie Lagase whose name appears on this page Chris Carpenter scanned?
I wish I had a picture of Eddie to show you this morning.
Eddie will have to be just a name for now or for eternity since he never married and has no descendants to look for him.
Eddie could be on this picture though, but I have no way to tell.
A day at the beach
A day at the beach take two…
I know who is Levi Lagasse whose name is also found on the page, and I have a picture to show you.
Levi Napoleon Lagasse
This picture was one of the first pictures someone sent me in 2011. He wrote me a message telling me Levi was his grandfather.
I could not believe it at first.
I knew Levi was Amanda Menard’s (in the red circle) and Dennis Lagassey’s son (Dennis is the last man on the right).
part of a family picture…
I have so many pictures now thanks to Levi’s grandson Dennis.
More than 100 to share with everyone!
Some people on some of these pictures might be Maynards. Maybe I will find out someday…
So who is this Eddie Lagase whose just a name on a page in a condolences book scanned by Chris Carpenter?
He is the brother of Frank Lagasse, the best man’s seen on this wedding picture scanned by Robin who lives on the West Coast and who is not even directly related to me. She also scanned more than 100 pictures for me so I could share them on this blog.
I don’t think Eddie Lagase ever married, but his brother Frank Lagasse did.
Thanks to Chris’ excitement, I got curious and I started searching for more information on Frank Lagasse who was this couple’s first son.
Sophie Archambault and Frank Lagasse Senior
Frank Lagasse or Lagase married Eugenie (Jennie) Elsensohn born around 1891.
That I did not know until I got curious.
Remember what someone said on this blog…
If you write, they will come.
This is my Thankgiving post to all my American friends and relatives.
Bertha Lagasse and William Austin
Thanks Teresa for giving us such beautiful photos from the past.
William Austin and Bertha Lagasse
William Austin and Bertha Lagasse
Now I know who Bertha is on these pictures shared by Donna.
Thanks Dennis for more than 100 pictures you sent me in 2012. This was one of them.
Now I know who was sitting on the rear fender.
Well I hope I am right this time…
- Harold, your supper is cold!
– Donna still reading the blog Mom!
I am glad she is still reading the blog.
I am also glad she sent me this message with a picture to go along.
Antoinette, Odna, Bertha, Ida and Alice
I’m still reading your blogs when I can. Wish I had more time to devote to all the ancestry things, it does fascinate me. I was going through some files this morning and came across an interesting picture of my grandmother (Odna) and her surviving siblings. There’s no date on the picture but it appears to have been taken in the late 50s early 60s. The individuals I can identify are in the front, left to right (Antoinette, Odna, Bertha, Ida and Alice). Not sure of the men in the back. I know they’re brothers, but not sure who is who.
Most beautiful picture of eight of the eleven children of Dennis Lagasse III and Amanda Ménard: Antoinette, Odna, Bertha, Ida and Alice… and Levi Napoleon, Victor Philippe and Harvey.
You remember Harvey don’t you?
The little boy on that picture with his grandfather and his big sister Marie Rose Elmira taken around 1895.
Here he is again on the right on a picture sent my Marianne…
I know Marianne will be glad to see this new picture of her great-grandfather!
I wonder if Marianne still reads this blog. I know Dennis IV does.
I hope Donna will read this post and will tell me where’s Edna on this picture.
I have some family pictures to share like Dennis Lagasse IV did in 2011 when he sent me this one and then 100 more!
Donna wrote a comment. She is Edna’s granddaughter and she has heard about her uncles William and Robert Ritchie.
What is so important about having heard about her uncles?
Donna wrote this comment yesterday about this post.
Thank you or this blog. Odna Ritchie was my grandmother. My mother Doris was the youngest of her 6 children. William and Robert were the Uncles I never got to meet. My mother talked of them often.