Amelia’s descendant

From this comment just made…

Greetings Pierre,

I’m a descendant of Amelia Lagasse (born 1858), daughter of Pierre Lagasse and Marcelline David. She is my 2nd Great Grandmother. I guess that makes us cousins of some sort. :)

I just stumbled on your blog several days ago and I’ve been feasting ever since! The photos you’ve gathered are amazing. I haven’t been through everything, but I wondered if you’d ever posted a photo of Amelia? Thank you for your family history efforts!

This  is  the only thing I  have  on Amelia.

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Not much.

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Little  to go on…

1861 census in Canada

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Amelia’s death certificate

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With her husband’s name Hector Gagner…

But no picture.

How to go on with this search ?

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Pun intended…

Sometimes  there are mysteries  even Hercule Poirot won’t be able to solve…

But not  this  one.

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Goodie  goodie Pépère, another  mystery  solved!

I just can’t stop looking for who are in old pictures.
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Dorothy Miller, unknown, Dalton Miller

The beach pictures were always in the back of my mind since 2009.

True story!

Now I have some expert help.

Poirot at the beach

This might  be  une  longue histoire  you know…

Hercule Poirot – The man with the cigar

 

Hercule Poirot in Hammonasset Beach

Ah oui! L’homme  au  cigare on Hammonasset  Beach  in Connecticut. Bien  sûr  mon  ami that I remember that case  very  well.

This was one of the most intriguing  cases  I had came  upon since the wedding  in 1909.

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The wedding of Bernadette Hogue with Joseph Phaneuf in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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But you don’t want me to talk about that case don’t you?

Now, what about the man with the cigar holding  un petit  garçon on a beach in Connecticut in les États-Unis in 1925.

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Watch the little birdie  Alfred…

L’homme au cigare has to be his father Fred, and on this next photo the woman has to be his mother Aurore.

Regarde le petit oiseau Alfred…

On the  first  picture the mother, now  holding le petit garçon, took  the picture, and the second picture was taken by the father.

Simple  déduction mon ami…

Première photo, le  père  tient  le petit  garçon.

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Deuxième  photo, it’s  the  mother.

The man with the  cigar has to be Fred Lagasse seen here with someone  I think is his uncle.

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But he could  also  be  his father…the old man on the left with the fedora!

Smile!

See you next Monday.

 

 

 

Little Grey Cells

Sometimes Hercule Poirot is hard to follow.

Hercule Poirot in Hammonasset Beach

Is it really?

I don’t want to lose you with all the deductions I have arrived at.

My little  grey cells  were acting up last week with  this picture sent by Joe,  the husband  of my new found third cousin.

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Collection Dorothy Miller

Could these women be related to my side of the family, and be Joseph’s sisters?

I could not find enough evidence that Marie-Anne Lagasse what on it so I let it go for the time  being, and I went instead searching elsewhere for Joseph Lagasse’s sisters, if this is Joseph Lagasse of course.

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Collection Dorothy Miller

While looking for Marie-Anne, I found this clue on Find a Grave and I asked permission to use it.

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Courtesy Gail Denomme

With this I went back to these old tintype photographs to get my little grey cells working up again…

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Collection Frank Archambault

Then I saw the light at the end of a lost tunnel…

Well at the bottom.

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Looking straight at me was Fred Lagasse. Fred has to be on the left with an uncle, probably one of Sophie Archambault’s brothers.

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Collection Frank Archambault

I believe that Fred was on the beach as well as his father Frank Lagasse, his mother Sophie, two of his brothers, Edward and William, and his  sister Cora Mamie.

Fred Lagase

Everything became clear in my head…even who was the little boy. 

Well almost everything became clear as you will find out later.

Confused?

Hammonasset Beach circa 1925

He found it!

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Bien sûr I found it…

My wife loves to watch Hercule Poirot. Sometimes two or three episodes in a row on Netflix. I can understand why she’s addicted to Hercule Poirot’s little grey cells. I would watch sometimes, but my mind wanders off, and I start thinking of those two beach pictures shared in 2009.

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Who were these people smiling for posterity?
Who was the photographer?
Who were the old ladies?
Who  was the old man?
Who were the two straw hat men?

So many questions, even Hercule would be confused.

Hercule Poirot in Hammonasset Beach

Hammonasset Beach

Taken from the Internet  

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Hammonasset Boardwalk, circa 1925

“Hammonasset” means, “where we dig holes in the ground” and refers to the place where a settlement of eastern woodland Indians farmed along the Hammonasset River. They subsisted on corn, beans, and squash, and by fishing and hunting. The first colonists arrived in 1639. Property changed hands frequently between Native Americans and the first colonists.

In 1898 the Winchester Repeating Arms Company bought Hammonasset and used it as a testing site for their new rifle. Their Lee Straight Pull rifle was mounted on a horse drawn stone boat, from which it was fired into targets on the beach.
On July 18, 1920, Hammonasset Beach State Park was opened to the public. The first season attracted over 75,000 visitors. The park’s reputation drew tourists from across the continent as well as the state.

During World War II the park was closed to the public and loaned to the federal government as an army reservation. Meigs Point functioned as an aircraft range. Planes flew over Clinton Harbor, fired at the range and then flew out over Long Island Sound.

The stone breakwater at the Meigs Point end of the park was built in 1955. The stones were brought in by truck from quarries in northern New England.

Today, over one million people come annually to enjoy Hammonasset Beach State Park?

1925 was a great year for these people enjoying  a day at the beach…

It took almost  seven  years for my little grey cells to find out who some of them were…

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