Preserving the Past

I know someone will eventually comment on this picture part of Lionel Lagasse’s collection of old negatives.

This photo has never been on the Internet before, at least that’s what I think. I don’t think the man is related to Dennis or his father Lionel. Dennis found lots of negatives in an old cigar book which I believe belonged to his grandfather Levi Napoleon Lagasse.

Levi Napoleon Lagasse was my grandfather’s nephew.

My grandfather, born on June 5th, 1888 in Notre-Dame-des-Anges, in Missiquoi Country, in Quebec, never spoke about his extended family down in Connecticut. As a matter of fact, my grandfather never spoke to me not even once that I can recall.

Grandfathers never spoke that much back then in the 50s.

My grandfather died on January 1st, 1964.

acte de deces leo lagace senior

I was 16 years-old in 1964 and my ancestors were not on my mind.

I can’t say I miss my grandfather, but not knowing a thing about my Lagasse ancestors in 2009 led me to write this blog in the hope of finding lost cousins. Dennis is one of my lost cousins that I found in 2011. He is one among thousands and thousands of this man’s descendants who don’t have the faintest idea of their French-Canadian roots.

Dennis Lagasse II (1842-1927)

Stanislas Lagasse (Dennis Lagasse II) circa 1895
Collection Denis Lagasse IV

Our Ancestors is to preserve the past when I won’t be around anymore on Our Ancestors which is still a long long way from now.
So what about this negative which I turned into a positive?

Any idea?
You still have time to comment…
Curtiss Jenny in Bristol, Connecticut?

Collection Denis Lagasse IV

Unknown man

Collection Denis Lagasse IV