Genealogy can be a very serious pastime.
I know I will find out someday who’s who on this picture sent last year by Dennis Lagasse IV.
What are the clues?
Clue number 1
Bertha’s grandfather Dennis Lagasse II is there. He is a widower. His wife Henriette Alexandre died in 1907 and Dennis has been living since 1910 with his daughter Malvina Dubé née Lagasse who was the widow of Joseph Dubé. So it would make sense that Malvina Lagasse be on this picture next to him.
Clue number 2
Bertha’s father Dennis Lagasse III is there as well as Bertha’s mother Amanda Ménard. This picture has to have been taken before Dennis died in April 1922.
Clue number 3
The picture probably was taken in late fall by the look of the foliage and the leaves on the ground.
Clue number 4
Bertha Lagasse married William E Austin on November 21, 1921 in Bristol, Hartford, Connecticut. It must have been a warm November day in 1921…
Clue number 5
Ida Lagasse, Bertha’s sister, is on the picture with a child holding her skirt. Ida had married Hector Lamothe in 1919 as we see on this photo.
Their first child was Jeannette Lamothe was born around 1920. Gertrude Lagasse, Ida’s and Bertha’s sister, married Francis Speilman in 1917 so this can’t be Gertrude’s wedding here.
Clue number 6
Bertha’s two brothers are there: Napoleon Levi is in front with a young woman holding a bouquet of flowers. We don’t know who she is.
Harry Lagasse, or is it Victor Philip, hard to see clearly, is also there.
Clue number 7
People on the left are probably Dubés since Napoleon and Eugene were close to the Lagasses. Napoléon Dubé and Eugène Dubé were present when Dennis was electrocuted in 1922. I will never know if they are really Dubés since Ray Dubé never wrote back after one e-mail. For now I will assume Eugène Dubé is there with his wife Lillie Lagasse,
They’re Ray’s grandparents!
Maybe Ray thought I was crazy somehow…
But then maybe I am jumping to conclusions.
But I might be dead wrong about this wedding picture, and this could be the wedding of one of the Dubés. I will never know.
Boy I had wished I had been invited to the wedding…
I know someday I will share with you what someone is willing to share unless they feel I am too crazy or passionate a person like one of my famous ancestors.
Jean Nicolet, passionate grandfather of Wisconsin
At least Teresa don’t think I am too passionate about her ancestors.
To be continued…
Coming soon in a theater near you