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

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4 thoughts on “Preserving the Past

  1. The photo of the plane, second from last, may have been taken at the airport in Bristol. My mother related how after the War she and her older brother would go there and get airplane rides for five cents. Levi was my grandmother’s first cousin.

    • Robertson airfield is what I think Fran. 1919. Sort of an air show after World War One. Probably summer 1919.

  2. My father’s family on both sides shared little of their past family members. I knew there was some Canadian connection on both sides but that was it. My grandfather, Joseph Gaudias Lagace, died in Lowell, Massachusetts when my father was 17. His body was put on a train to his birth home of Saint Flavien, Quebec. Many have promised a picture of his headstone but no one has followed through.
    My father’s mother was a Ross and told him that both she and my father was born in Flint, Michigan. A total lie. They were both born in Cap Chat, Quebec though he was conceived in Manchester, New Hampshire. Members of the Ross family had moved to Lewiston, Maine that is only 30 minutes from my childhood home. Never told.
    Through my research I discovered some of my Ross family still lived in Cap Chat, Quebec. I went to a family reunion a few years back in Cap Chat, Quebec. Met 70 Ross cousins all descending from my grandmother’s 5 brothers and four sisters. Only ones from the United States and only ones who couldn’t speak French. Some were bilingual and helped us with those who only spoke French. A wonderful experience.

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