Monday Morning – Odna and Ida?

Sherlock Holmes was not always right.

I had written this about Odna and Ida Lagasse back in 2018, but you don’t have to read it. I was using photos Dennis Lagasse had sent me.

That was before I had this photo shared by a descendant of Blandine Lamothe and Joseph Louis Dubé.


At first I thought I had correctly identified Odna on some old photos.

I was right about Ida Lagasse of course, but I was so wrong about her sister Odna.
Blandine Lamothe was most probably with her first child Lucille born in 1929.
Odna Lagasse with child

This is probably Odna with her first child Helena on this wedding photo taken in November 1921.

Odna Lagasse at the wedding

Her sister Ida Lagasse was also on that group picture on the right with her daughter holding on to her skirt. In the back was Dennis Lagasse II holding a cigar. The woman on the left might have been his daughter Marguerite who was the widow of Joseph Dubé. Next to Marguerite Lagasse might have been Eugene Dubé and his wife Lillie Lagasse. On the right was probably Alice D. Myers with baby Rhea Lagasse and her daughter Flora Lagasse in front. Behind the groom and the maid was the maid’s father Dennis Lagassey III who was holding a grandchildren.
About the bride we all knew in 2018 who the bride was of course…

Bertha Lagasse

Bertha Lagasse

Bertha Lagasse married William Edward Austin on November 16, 1921.

Bertha and William

Bertha appears on many old pictures from Lionel Lagasse’s collection.
This one is my favorite photo about a car and people having taunting me to identify them in 2011.

Little by little I was able to identify people I could not identified in 2011. The more photos Dennis shared, the more I could validate who was who.

I think I know who were in that car with Bertha Lagasse around 1917 in Connecticut.Move Over

My grandfather’s three sisters… Lillie, Malvina, and Marguerite with Bertha and her sister Mary.

To be continued next Monday morning…


Hi Pierre,

I have looked, clicked, open, closed, and tried everything I could think of with my software and can’t find a way to change these negatives to positives. You are making these look amazing and I have been staring at them all day. I scanned more negatives today and seem to only be half way through the cigar box. I could see motorcycles, cars, airplanes, a zeppelin, soldiers, tons of smiling faces, a parade, Pine Lake, and inside an old factory on this bunch of scans.

On another positive note…

More anticipation?

Anna Campbell

At first yesterday I was wondering who were these two women.


I knew the photo was taken at Dennis Lagassey III’s house in East Bristol, Connecticut.

Then I saw the light!

Anna Campbell!

close-up of Anna Campbell and Harry Lagasse

Anna Campbell and her husband Harry Lagasse

I have written a lot about Anna Campbell and her husband Harry Lagasse on Our Ancestors. Harry is seen here with his son Gerard, his father Dennis Lagassey III, and his grandfather Dennis Lagasse II.

four generations of Lagasse - Dennis II, Dennis III, Harry Lagasse and Gerard Lagasse

It might be hard to find all that was written about them on this blog which has almost reached its 3 gigabyte upload limit.

Will there be an Our Ancestors II?

East Bristol 1916

Modified picture of Victor and Harry Lagasse with their wives Alice Myers and Anna Campbell

Victor Philippe Lagasse, Alice D. Myers, Anna Campbell, Harry Lagasse

Still More Old Negatives – People

Dennis sent me more old negatives. Most photos seem to be related to the Lagasse and the Dubé family. I will try to identify some by comparing old photos already shared by Dennis…

Bertha Lagasse, Irene Margaret Dube, unknown

Levi Napoleon Lagasse on the right?

Odna Lagasse

Claire Lamothe, unknown, and Ida Lagasse

Levi Napoleon Lagasse?

Bertha Lagasse

Amanda Ménard

Dennis Lagassey III with most probably his grandchild

Amanda Ménard


Levi Napoleon Lagasse?

Levi Napoleon Lagasse

Odna Lagasse ?

Anna Campbell with with her mother-in-law Amanda Ménard

Anna Dubé, daughter of Malvina Lagasse?

Levi Napoleon Lagasse

Levi Napoleon Lagasse in the back on the right

Dennis Lagassey III

Harry Bleau

Levi Napoleon Lagasse

Young Odna Lagasse on the left?

Levi Napoleon Lagasse?


Jeremiah Provost – Take Three

I have not heard back from the reader who had asked me about Jeremiah Provost.

I had found everything about Jeremiah and his parents, and I wanted to share more of what I had found.

Jeremiah Provost, son of William Provost and Sophronie Messier, was most probably baptized Jérémie. He was born December 9, 1872. He was the nephew of Flavie Provost seen here.

Flavie Provost was the wife of Napoleon Alexandre who was my great-granduncle. This great-granduncle was the brother of my great-grandmother Henriette Alexandre who could be the woman on the left.


At first I thought Flavie Provost was on the right which had led me to dig a little deeper in that family.

To be continued?


There were some positive results yesterday with some of Dennis’ negatives.

His father…

His grandfather Napoleon Levi…

His grand-aunt Ida Lagasse (second on the right) with probably Odna one of her sisters…

Ida is most probably in her late teens which would date this photo around 1910.

More old negatives

Dennis wrote me and sent me more old negatives.

Hi Pierre,
It’s been a while but I want to try to get these all scanned and sent to you. Let me know what adjustments I can make, and was it shiny side up or down?

Thank you so much, I’ve enjoyed reading a lot of your posts and stories on your history blogs. Reading about the battle of Seicheprey and WWI, even though 100 years ago, while seeing the smiling faces in most of these old photos just before the war and Dennis III’s death makes me want to go back in time and save them all from what was coming. Your writing and research will ensure they will never be forgotten.

The positive side of Our Ancestors

Some of the photos were taken in 1919.

Sunday Night – Looking for Jeremiah Provost?

A comment just in…

We are trying to locate family from Quebec, we found a picture of Jeremiah Provost taken at the shop of Madame Gagne but there is no date on the picture , my husband has no direct family left, his grandfather was Ernest Provost and most of the family moved to Massachusetts. It would be nice to find our more information on his family and if and still survive….

There is one clue here on Wikipedia…

Madame Gagné was a photographer who worked between 1886 and 1891 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She and her husband, Édouard C. Gagné (also a photographer) had a total of three studios over time.[1][2][3] At least one of her prints can be found at Montreal’s McCord Museum.[4]

Madame Gagné reportedly had a rapport with the new Chinese immigrants to Montreal, and often made portraits of them and their families.[4] Since most photographers of the time catered to more well-to-do clients, this was an unusual custom.[1]

Her photography studio was located at 211 Saint Laurent Boulevard, which is in the heart of today’s Old Montreal.

What we need to see is the photo and then move from there.

Why I Want to Remember Rossie?

This is post 1499 on Our Ancestors created in September 2009.

Why I want to remember Rossie on Our Ancestors?

Rossie never married and only had his sister Claire’s descendants to remember him.

Maybe I want to write about Flying Officer Ross Eveleigh Johnson because the person who took this picture wants to know more about that young man…?

I contacted that person to get permission to use it on Our Ancestors. I told that person a little about what I was doing on Our Ancestors, and I sent a few photos shared by Nicolas Paquin.

This is one of them.

I colorised it two days ago in my spare time.

Then I got curious about the other pilots… The pilot of the right died on July 18 1944, four days after Rossie. The pilot beside him is H.G. Dawber DFC. He told his story on Memory Project. You can Google his name and find more about him.

Searching on Google is something I do a lot to find information I have been using on Our Ancestors. People searching information about their ancestors on Google usually end up here.

This is post 1499.

Next time more about this young man who like more than 19,000 Canadian airmen never grew old.

Why Are We Having a D-Day for Rossie?

About the headstone I posted yesterday on Our Ancestors

Lest We Forget

Message from Nicolas Paquin

Rest assured that I am not fighting this fight for nothing. There are three reasons for this.

Injustice first. You have to listen to the video to understand that there is an injustice to Ross. Those who made the monument to the Typhoon pilots in Noyers-Bocage deliberately omitted it because he did not die with his hands at the controls of his plane. They decided that he did not deserve to be with his brothers in arms. On the official list in the church next door, he was not counted either.

I took steps to correct the situation on this monument and was refused. Someone even had the affront of claiming that his file is a fake and that Ross was a mechanic who dressed up to appear in the squadron’s photos. Absurd and unfair.

Second reason, the meaning of sacrifice. As long as we take…

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