You must know by now how much I like old pictures.
Dennis sent me these Friday night.
They were not that clear, but I didn’t mind at all.
It was like a big family reunion.
These pictures were taken in the early 1900s. I think I recognized some people…
I know Sandy and Joe will.
Click on each to zoom in.
I knew Harry Lagasse had a second son whose name was Laurent or Lawrence.
The first one was Gerard seen here.
Dennis IV broke the news when he sent me these.
I don’t know if Harry had any other children.
It must have been a terrible news for Anna Campbell, Lawrence’s mother.
I don’t have any more information about this family.
Maybe someday someone will write me a comment like this person who said Gerard Lagasse was his grandfather.
This is what he wrotes…
I am the first son of Gerard H Lagasse and would be glad to share info. with you.
He never wrote back.
I probably scared him away with all this genealogy thing or his computer broke.
At first, I thought Harvey L Lagasse was the son of Harvey, the son of Dennis III.
Harvey is the second on the left.
Harvey Louis Lagasse Senior married Maude Powe. This Harvey is not the son of Dennis III.
This is picture of Harvey with his wife Mae.
That’s the only thing we know about Mae.
I know a lot don’t I?
It’s because I dig a lot…
Want to know more?
What about Victor Lagasse and Alice Myers and Harry Lagasse… and Anna Campbell.
Harry is in this picture with his little baby boy Gerard.
Harry would have a second son, Lawrence. I will tell you more about him next time.
As I said, it never stops when you are searching for your roots, but I could never have imagined that I would find someone whose name was also Dennis…
Dennis Lagasse IV or Dennis LaGachette IV.
What about Harvey L. Lagasse Jr?
Well he is related to us. His grandfather, Louis Lagasse, was Dennis II’s brother.
Someday someone will write me just like Dennis IV did and he or she will be amazed by what I know about his or her roots.
You know, genealogy is not my forte, aviation and World War II is…
When searching for my roots, I stumbled upon this story of Harvey L Lagasse, a bombardier with the U.S. Air Force.
I was somewhat curious.
Read this book excerpt…
So I dug deeper into that story…
Harvey L Lagasse Jr
|2nd Lt Bombardier 758 Squadron|
|2nd Lt Harvey L Lagasse, Jr served as a Bombardier in the 758 Bomb Squadron on Lt Jerry A Cullison’s B-24 crew that was shot down on 459 BG’ Mission 95, 8-22-44 to bomb Blechhammer, Germany O-R, flying in “The Moron” Serial # 42-52344. He had flown in B-24s “Hard To Get” and “Beats Me Mack” before being shot down in “The Moron”.He along with his crew, became POWs and the crews’ POW treatment is well related in Ernest Liner`s story as a Gunner on this crew and their being shot down.
Now, how is this Harvey Lagasse related to all of us… us Lagasses I mean.
Come and see me tomorrow since now you know what is my forte…
It took some time, but I finally found Dennis III’s descendants.
Now Levi is my new found first cousin.
His son Lionel is my second cousin and his son Dennis IV is my third cousin just like Sandy.
Like her, Dennis is sharing what he knows about his family and I share with his relatives like Nicole.
This has been a wonderful trip down genealogy lane…
Levi died in 1964 just like my grandfather Léo Lagacé Senior.
Like Levi Napoleon Lagasse, my grandfather Léo Lagacé Senior liked cigars…
Levi was Léo’s nephew.
I don’t believe they ever met.
We have found Gabriel Gilles Menard’s son. We will keep you posted on this.
As for this next picture sent to me by Dennis IV…
It’s somewhat precious…
We see Dennis III’s five sons.
Joseph Lagasse, the youngest, is in front.
Levi Napoleon Lagasse, Dennis IV’s grandfather, is on the left…
Then we have Harvey, Victor, Dennis III and Harry.
That picture was probably taken in the early 1920s.
Dennis III would died in an accident in 1922.
This is the obituary I had received from a descendant of Dennis III.
Mr. Lagasse was a man of quiet disposition, steady habits, devoted to his home and family…
Precious information for someone digging his or her roots.
My Sweet Alyce sent me this e-mail…
To the LaGassé, Lagace family historian and genealogist . . .
I have a little story for you.
Many years ago … 1998, perhaps, I received an email from a gentleman named Gabriel Menard. It was addressed to me yet, I had no idea who Gabriel Menard was.
It was a very sweet story he was passing along and I wrote back and told him I had received it instead of whomever he hoped would get it.
Another email from him soon followed and he told me he had gone to High School in Massachusetts in either Fall River or New Bedford. He knew many LaGasse’s there and thought that I was one of them.
Gabe lived in Rocky Hill at the time, which was right near where I had lived in CT. so we had a bit of connection, and emailed every so often.
Over the years, he continued to send me little ditties that he sent out to his friends – they were always thoughtful and sweet things.
When I went to France, in 2002, I told him I would look for Menards. And so I did.
In the depths of the Pantheon …. I saw the following stone . . right there along with Victor Hugo and Emile Zola ( Francois Menard must have been SOMEBODY!)
I emailed him this picture . . .
HE was so appreciative.
The next fall he passed away – one of his sons emailed me the obituary from The Hartford Courant …which I just found again in the newspapers archives.
In the email after Gabe died, his son filled me in…
He told me his dad had been very sick for many years and lived in the VA hospital in Rocky Hill.
Apparently, he looked forward to my letters and showed everyone the above picture. His son thanked me for contributing to his dad’s life.
Now, Pierre .. . . IF I HAD ANY IDEA . . . he was ill and alone, I would have bent over backwards, that man seemed so very kind. A complete stranger.
Today I read your email and there is MENARD . . . . as part of the LaGassé family history
How amazing it is to me that there may have been a connection. A real connection and not just happenstance and coincidence.
This is another contribution that your research makes – connecting names, faces & families – piecing together parts of the puzzle so that we are more whole as a human family.
Gabriel Gilles Menard, 69 of Rocky Hill died Tuesday (September 23, 2003).
Born in Quebec Canada, he was the son of the late Joseph Euclide and Gilberte (Poissant) Menard, he lived most of his life in East Hartford prior to moving to Rocky Hill.
He is survived by three sons, Dennis, Daniel and Kenneth Menard; two daughters, Denise Hart and Joanne Pettinato; a brother, John Menard and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Thursday, 10 a.m at the Protestant Chapel, Rocky Hill Veterans Home. Burial; Col. Gates Cemetery. Brooklawn Funeral Home, Rocky Hill has care of arrangements.
This really made my day.
Family pictures are just awesome… for an amateur genealogist.
No problem this time with this picture…
Well sort of…
Lionel Lagasse, Dennis IV’s father, knows the guys but just some of the gals… He wrote some notes.
Here’s a cropped version of the scan Dennis IV sent me…
I had this picture of the same family taken later around 1917.
I had played with it a little in 2010 since I already had the names.
Pepere is Dennis III born in 1864.
His wife Amanda Ménard is behind her grandchild Germaine.
Alice Myers, Germaine’s mother is between Pepere and Amanda.
Levi Lagasse is on the right side looking very serious.
The lady beside Victor is unknown.
I would take a wild guess and say that she is Ida Lagasse who married a Mister Lamothe…
But that is pure speculation.
She could be Edna Lagasse married to a Mister Frank Ritchie.
And what about the daughter with the serious look on the porch…?
She has to be Rose Elmira Lagasse the eldest daughter born on January 20th 1889.
On the baptisimal certificate we see Stanislas La gassé’s (Dennis Lagasse III) signature.
We must assume that the person who wrote Grandpa Lagassy did not know that in 2011 someone would ask that question.
When searching for your roots, every clue is important.
Who wrote the note in the back of the photo?
And when did he or she write it?
Most probably the person who wrote that note was his or her grandchild.
And then maybe not.
Who was it?
Not Levi Lagasse because he would have written my father…
Not Lionel Lagasse because he would have remembered he wrote it…
Who wrote that note in the back of the photo?
I don’t think this is a picture of Dennis II (born in 1842).
Look at this picture…
We didn’t have anything written in the back.
It was sent to me by little Germaine Lagasse’s grandchild.
Compare the two pictures side by side…
At first, in 2010, I thought that we had Amanda Ménard with her husband Dennis Lagasse III (born in 1864) and two of her first children Harry and Mary Rose Elmira, but it did not fit because Harry was born before Rose Elmira.
It’s still a mystery, but now Dennis Lagasse IV and I are getting closer and closer… to a solution.
Yes Dennis IV, there was also a Dennis I whose real name was Stanislas Lagacé born in 1816.
But now you already know this don’t you?
I told you.
Dennis IV and I would surely appreciate some help with these pictures.
Next time… another picture sent by Lionel Lagasse, Dennis IV’s father.
No problemo whatsoever…