Little Miss 1565

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Birth: Mar. 17, 1938
Death: Jul. 6, 1944

On the sultry Thursday afternoon of July 6, 1944, in Hartford, Connecticut, approximately 8,600 persons, most of them women and children, entered the Big Top tent of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus to watch the performance. Shortly after the show began, a small fire broke out along the side of the Big Top, and quickly spread to the roof of the canvas tent, which had been waterproofed with paraffin thinned with white gasoline. As the fire quickly raced over the top of the tent, the panic-stricken audience began a desperate stampede to escape from the few entrances. In less than ten minutes, 168 persons had been killed and over 480 persons severely injured. Two women, a man, and two children were burned beyond recognition, and are buried in the Northwood Cemetery in unidentified graves. One small blonde child, about 8 years old, and identified only with the coroner’s number 1565, was never identified despite a complete lack of burns and no damage to her face. No one claimed the body, despite widespread publicity and publication of her photo in nationwide magazines. The fire is described in detail in the book, “The Circus Fire: A True Story” (2000) by Stewart O’Nan. The cause of the fire was never determined, although in 1950, a man confessed to setting the tent on fire (his account is inaccurate, and no evidence against him could be found). In 1991, Fire Lieutenant and Arson Investigator Rick Davey wrote in his book, “A Matter of Degree” (1991), that he had identified Miss 1565 as Eleanor Emily Cook, daughter of Wesley W. Cook and Mildred Corintha Parsons Cook, however, author Stewart O’Nan disputes this identification, claiming discrepancies in the dental records. She is currently buried in the family plot as Eleanor Cook, next to her brother, Edward, who also died in the fire. Mildred Cook was severely burned in the fire, and thus, was unable to identify her children. The site of the fire, the vacant lot bounded by Barbour Street, Cleveland Avenue, Hampton Street and Kensington Street, is now the Stowe Village Housing Project (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson)Cause of death: Harford Circus Fire
Burial:
Northwood Cemetery *
Windsor
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
*Former burial location
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Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Apr 29, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 21931

Joe added this

I actually remember sitting with my grandmother as she was listening to the news reports and saying her rosary.
The old house was on route 6 which was one of the main roads to Hartford at the time. I remember a steady stream of ambulances going by the house on the way to Hartford. I was not quite 4 years old at the time.
Never did go to a circus even 70 years later!!!!

How I met your ancestors? – Episode One: Montreal 1964

13 or 26 episodes?

I still don’t know if I should go that far and risk boring you to death about how I met your ancestors.

How I met your ancestors?

With this death certificate!

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Honest! My grandfather Leo Lagacé’s death certificate.

This is exactly how I met your ancestors in 2009. Before I saw this death certificate I knew nothing about my grandfather’s family, his father, his mother, his siblings,…let alone how I could link him with his famous ancestor André Mignier dit la gâchette.

Soldier of the Régiment Carignan-Salières Illustrator Francis Back

soldier from the régiment de Carignan
artist Francis Back

The only thing I knew was that he had a brother named Adélard.

famille Adélard Lagacé

Adélard Lagacé with his wife Émilienne Côté and their three daughters

Author’s personal collection via an old aunt

The death certificate was sent to me in 2009 by Val d’Or Lagacé, who at that time was the secretary of the Association des familles Lagacé-Lagassé inc. Val d’Or is now the new president. I never met Val d’Or in person only through this death certificate which opened the door to my search for my unknown Lagacé ancestors.

There was a name on that death certificate:

Nom de la mère

ALEXANDRE

That had to be the surname of my grandfather’s mother.

And there was her given name…

H.

The hunt was on for H. Alexandre and for my grandfather’s ancestors!

Léo Lagacé and two of his sons in 1933

Montreal, 1933
My grandfather Léo with his two sons, one of which was my father

Author’s personal collection

Footnote

Finding your ancestors was the easy part.

Stopping was the hardest part.

And it still is.

Pierre 1949

Moi… on the hood of a Hudson taxi cab in 1949
Author’s personal collection

Let’s roll!

Commercial break – Lest We Forget – Edward Webb Gosselin

This sailor was a direct descendant of Alexis Gosselin.

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Ensign Edward Webb Gosselin (1 May 1917 – 7 December 1941) was an officer of the United States Navy who died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Gosselin was born on 1 May 1917 at Hamden, Connecticut, and educated at Yale University. He was the son of Edward Napoleon and Florilla Helena (Webb) Gosselin. He enlisted as an Apprentice Seaman 30 September 1940 and was commissioned 14 March 1941.

Ensign Gosselin’s first duty station was the battleship USS Arizona (BB-39). He reported on board on 3 May 1941 as an Engineer, and was on board the ship when she was sunk at Pearl Harbor. Ensign Gosselin was officially declared dead as of 7 December 1941.

Wikipedia

A ship was named after Edward.

Gosselin_(APD-126)

 

USS Gosselin (APD-126)

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Career
Name: USS Gosselin
Namesake: Edward W. Gosselin
Ordered: 1942
Builder: Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Bay City, Michigan
Laid down: 1944
Launched: 17 February 1944
Commissioned: 31 December 1944
Decommissioned: 11 July 1949
Struck: 1 April 1964
Honors and
awards:
1 battle star (World War II)
Fate: Sold for scrap 23 March 1965
General characteristics
Class & type: Rudderow-class destroyer escort / Crosley-class high speed transport
Displacement: 1,450 long tons (1,473 t)
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)
Draft: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Combustion Engineering DR boilers
Turbo-electric drive with 2 × General Electric steam turbines
2 × solid manganese-bronze 3600 lb. 3-bladed propellers, 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m), 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) pitch
12,000 hp (8.9 MW)
2 rudders
359 tons fuel oil
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
Range: 3,700 nmi (6,900 km) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph)
6,000 nmi (11,000 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
4 × LCVPs
Troops: 162 troops
Complement: 204 (12 officers, 192 enlisted)
Armament: • 1 × 5 in (130 mm) gun
• 6 × 40 mm guns
• 6 × 20 mm guns
• 2 × depth charge tracks

USS Gosselin (DE-710/APD-126) was a Crosley-class high speed transport of the United States Navy, named after Ensign Edward W. Gosselin (1917–1941), who was killed in action on the battleship Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Gosselin was laid down at the Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Bay City, Michigan and partially completed as a Rudderow-class destroyer escort with the hull number DE-710. Gosselin was launched on 17 February 1944, sponsored by Mrs. E. N. Gosselin, mother of Ensign Gosselin. On 17 July 1944, the Navy decided that Gosselin would be completed as a Crosley-class high speed transport, with the designation APD-126. Since she was so near to completion, Defoe completed her as a destroyer escort, and then when she reached New Orleans prior to commissioning, she was converted in a shipyard to the APD configuration. She was commissioned on 31 December 1944, with Lieutenant Commander Joseph B. Fyffe in command.

Commercial break – Alexis Gosselin

Yes folks, there will be commercial breaks during these episodes of How I met your ancestors?.

Alexis Gosselin…

Just a name in the 1852 Canadian Census?

Think again.

1852 Census Alexis Gosselin

First name on the list…

Alexis Gofselin, cultivateur, lieu de naissance Chambly, âge 65 ans.

Of course this is Alexis Gosselin, 65 years-old, a farmer from St-Damase, Quebec, the ancestor of this man.

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Alphonse Gosselin

And a whole lot more down the road of St-Damase, Quebec!

Stay tuned.