Downtown Kalamazoo early 1900s

Pierre Lagacé:

Writing about her ancestors and linking with descendants along the way…

Originally posted on The Family Kalamazoo:

Downtown Kalamazoo early 1900s

If you can share any info, such as dating or businesses, on these two photos, please leave a comment.

From Mark Johnson:

The first downtown photo:  Looking west on East Michigan Ave. from Edwards St… Michigan Ave. jogs to the right at Portage St. The building furthest in the distance is the Kalamazoo Bldg. To it’s right in the foreground is the Haymarket Bldg. and further to the right is what became Shau Powell Sporting Goods.

The second downtown photo:  Looking west on East/West Michigan from Portage St. The tallest building is the Kalamazoo Building (see window detail) and one of the buildings foreground right is what would become Stanwoods.

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Hard to believe?

André Mignier first ancestor

What about this clue I found on the Internet among the other clues? Is it valid information or just information copied from someone’s else research?

One clue tells all!

Michel Mignier born around 1610 died in 1727!

117 years old!

Suspicious enough not to trust everything I found yesterday in my search for George Lagasse who married Albertine Deschênes.

I have learned not to trust everything I find on the Internet, or people who say they know it all. Having been hooked on genealogy since 2007 because of old pictures like this one…

Honoré Sauvé et Julie Leroux

I have learned more than just who were my ancestors. Always check first, then check again, and again.

This being said…

This information seems valid though.

Napoléon Lagacé

I can corroborate this information with this.

1901 Joseph L Lagassé

Joseph L. Lagassé’s family is seen here. Joseph’s wife is Ellen Lagassé who was in fact Helen Grant whose daughter was Anna Ellen Lagassé born in 1900 whose real name was…

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Mrs. Lejeune was the mid-wife.

In 1901, Joseph was a carpenter. Ernest Thibeault was a lodger, and I suspect he was related somewhat to Joseph’s first wife Marie Thibault, Napoléon’s mother.

Napoléon Lagacé

Marie Thibault probably died when she gave birth to Marie Julia in 1896.

Joseph Lagace

Joseph had to remarry, and he found a new wife living not far from where he lived…

1891 James Grant

About André Mignier…

This is my file on him.

 Pierre André Mignier dit La Gâchette

 I hope you trust me when I write something on Our Ancestors.

The puzzle

The puzzle  started  in 2010 when I wrote  this post. 

Two interested people commented, one in 2011, and the other in 2015.

Holly (Legasse) Dube says:

My name is Holly (Legasse) Dube.
I stumbled on your site while trying to find my ancestry.
My father is George Philip Legasse.(originally Lagasse, but was misspelled in the military).

My Grandfather was George A Lagasse. From there I am stumped. I do not have info on my Grandfather’s family.
George was married to Albertine (Deschenes) Lagasse and lived in New Britain, CT.

I was reading your site.
You posted about one of Idala’s sons, George (1908-1985).
He was one of the sons sent to an orphanage.
Did you or Alyce ever get more information on that George???

I don’t know much about that part of my family.
I was just reunited with my father 2 years ago.

My father and my Uncle Gene may have more information on my Grandfather George.

skilmer1969 says:

I would love to be in contact with Holly from above comment or anyone in relation to “George was married to Albertine (Deschenes) Lagasse and lived in New Britain, CT”.

Albertine is my 1st cousin 2x removed and she has a sister who is currently still living in the same home that Albertine was in at the time of her death. Looking forward to hearing from family members.

I can’t recall if Holly replied to my e-mails, but the next one surely did, and gave me enough clues to look further in the past.

Obits for life

To be continued in Belledune, New Brunswick, Canada in 1901.

1901 Joseph L Lagassé

Another piece of the puzzle

Albertine (Deschene) Lagasse, 91, of New Britain, died Saturday (Oct. 16, 2010) at the Jerome Home in New Britain. Born in Baker Lake, Canada, the daughter of the late Dennis and Agnes (Boutot) Deschene, she lived most of her life in New Britain. She had been employed at a watch factory in Waterbury and retired from the Fafnir Bearing Co. (now Textron) in New Britain. She was the wife of the late George Lagasse.

Albertine is survived by three sons Robert Blouin of Florida, Gene Lagasse of Rhode Island and Florida, and George Lagasse of Colorado; a sister Martha Roy of Bristol, several nieces and nephews including Cynthia Tenan and numerous grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sons Larry Lagasse and Maurice Lagasse.

Funeral services were held privately.