Le 2 janvier 1947

This was the closing chapter of Idala LaGasse’s story I wrote back in 2011

That’s what I thought…

Sometimes you find a precious artifact, and Alyce had this from her father’s keepsakes.

In 1947 Idala had written to his son David, Alyce’s father. That was 69 years ago. Idala was 77 years-old at the time and David was 31.

The letter was in French.

Alyce and I had learned a lot about Idala by reading it… even that the letter was written on February 2nd, 1947 not le 2 janvier 1947.

I had translated the letter for Alyce.

New Bedford, Mass

February 2, 1947

David LaGasse

Dear son,

We have received your nice letter of 28 January. We are happy to know that your health is very good and that everything is running smoothly.

May God be blessed because happiness is a blessing that comes from heaven and deserves great appreciation.

You told me in your last letter that you prefer a private letter [instead of a postcard]. What a coincidence because I also prefer that but when I receive a postcard, I use the same method to answer back. It is not that I don’t have any paper because I have a lot.

I am happy to know of your good disposition and the suggestions that you make at the moment. You have all we need right now. The pension we receive right now is 82 dollars each month which is enough for us. Despite the raise in the cost of living, we are very well and our health is good for our age. We thank God for this.

I am pleased to know the good thoughts that you have for your mother who, in turn, loves each one of you equally as if you were her own children.

This was my most profound desire when I got married: a good spouse, a good mother, a good husband and good children make for a good household and peace everywhere.

We must then thank God for all these blessings.

Rose is not working anymore. She is resting for awhile. Eugene is still working and he behaves well.

Samuel still has his new business and he is well

Bob and Florence are both working. They are well.

Respectfully,

Your father

Alyce and I had been looking for confirmation about when Idala died. For her that was the missing piece in her father’s story.

Yesterday without knowing it Stephen just gave us the answer.

Idala left this earth later in 1947.

heastone Idala Lagasse

David would reunite with his father on April 18th, 1953.

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7 thoughts on “Le 2 janvier 1947

  1. Ahhh Pierre….
    What a lovely read for this morning. As always you have uncovered yet another (seemingly) unknown piece of the puzzle. Through you, because of you, generations to come will know their heritage and families …their history. Thank you for using your time and talent for others.

  2. Nice post Pierre and thank you for translating the letter. I see that my grandfather Samuel is mentioned and a reference to his business. I believe he had a hardware store for a while. I have a picture of him standing in front of it somewhere.

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