Looking for Number 1 in Holst Point, Rottenstone and Minaki, Ontario…

Holst Point

I have seen that face before…

Catch me if you can…

He was on this group picture at Rottenstone.

Photo Flight

He’s number 1.

He is not a pilot that I am sure of.

A mechanic, a photographer with Photo Flight?

You tell me if you know who is this man seen again here with his pilot and Bill.

Here we see him here again with his pilot and someone else.

What luck has to do with it?

What luck has to do with finding your ancestors?

In the 1930 U.S. census George’s wife is listed as Luck K…

The K has to stands for Kearns.This has to be a no-brainer.

We see on the census page that George was married when he was 19 and Luck K was 18. I know that the name of the George’s father is not Idala, but Simeon, and that his mother’s name is not Albina, but Melvina, but that besides the point isn’t?

I think I have found the missing link Alyce was looking for.

I guess I have to say I just got plain lucky…

Meet George _ Redux

This was posted in 2010. Alyce and I have been searching for George’s descendants since.

We had no luck.

Let’s go back in time…

If you have been reading my blog since the end of April [2010], you know that Alyce said that her grandfather Idala Lagasse had five sons.

She only knew the identity of two them: Samuel and of course David who was her father. Alyce and I managed to find the identity of all of them. Alyce told me the family lost track of George. Alyce managed to get some information with the help of another Pierre. He is Peter Lagasse and he sent her this precious information…

Name: George Louis Lagasse
Social Security #:117038055
Birth Date: 14 Jul 1907
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Death Date: 23 Aug 1985
Death Place: San Bernardino
Mother’s Maiden Name: Quentin

This confirms what we knew about George. His mother’s maiden name was Quintin, he was born around 1907-1908 in Massachusetts according to the 1920 U.S. census.


Alyce, Pierre, and Peter have teamed up, and George has now been reunited with his four brothers.

Finding George was quite something. This is the story of a great family reunion, but it is the only information we have found about George. If you want to team up with us and share what you know about him, click here to send me an e-mail…

Next time, we will meet Rudy and his wife Emma and try to find his descendants.

Rudolph (Rudy) Lagasse and his wife Emma

Yesterday Alyce sent me a message…

Hi Pierre…

Hope all is great – and all your grand babies are well and happy!
Your posts have certainly displayed a new (or at least to me) love – planes, military etc… huge area to discover. Quick question – my father David, had a long lost brother George who disappeared to LA CA …no one had apparently heard of him again. I found this but cant get anything on his spouse and with a name like Lucky LaGasse … she should be easy!  I’d like to see if they had any kids and maybe they are near me in CA.
I have no access to Ancestry as I don’t belong.  
Any other ideas for me to search for her/George/their kids?  
Tried Pipl.com….

The search for George was on again…

1930 U.S. census

1940 U.S. census

Now what luck has to do with it…

S.S. Keenora – Victoria Beach – 1927


S.S. Keenora – Victoria Beach – 1927

S.S. Keenora is on Wikipedia.

The steamboat SS Keenora is probably the best-known and most loved of all Lake Winnipeg steamboats. The vessel began operations as a steamboat on Lake of the Woods in Ontario, where from she was transported to Winnipeg, Manitoba and rebuilt. Currently retired from service, Keenora is the centrepiece of collection at the Marine Museum of Manitoba in Selkirk, Manitoba.


The steamboat Keenora was built in 1897 for passenger and cargo traffic along the Ontario‘s Lake of the Woods, where she ran successfully for over a decade, serving isolated communities on the lake as distant as Rainy River. When the Ontario and Rainy River Railway was built in 1901 traffic volumes began to decline, following the takeover of this railway by Canadian Northern Railway in 1915, the vessel was sold to a consortium of Winnipeg lawyers. Keenora was dismantled and transported in sections to Winnipeg on railroad flatcars in 1917.

Once reassembled in Winnipeg, she received an additional 30-foot (9.1 m) extension to her hull, increasing her overall length to 158 feet (48 m). For a season the ship served as a floating dance hall in downtown Winnipeg, but was later assigned to cargo and passenger traffic on Lake Winnipeg and the Red River. A total of 65 passenger cabins were constructed, and a new machinery was installed. The machinery guaranteed a speed of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph).

The regular route started from Winnipeg, with a turnaround point located at the northern end of Lake Winnipeg, at Warren Landing on the Big Mossy Point. From Warren Landing the passengers and cargo were transferred to a smaller steamboat, which covered the last 30 kilometres (19 mi) to Norway House. Keenora was too large to enter the shallow Nelson River.

Keenoras career ended in the 1960s when she could not meet the new maritime regulations. At first the ship was destined to be scrapped, but was salvaged to be the cornerstone of Marine Museum of Manitoba’s collections.


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