What?

I got this message from a friend to whom I had sent what I had just posted this morning…


Wow, Pierre you have found a most important part of RCAF history.

This is pure “Gold.”

The reorganization of the Canadian Air Force [the fifth] officially adopted the “Royal” on 1 April 1924, and the RCAF was born.

On 19 May 1925, the Ottawa Privy council authorized the establishment of six service squadrons, for use to fulfill the operational duties of many government departments. Yes, our RCAF first began to operate as a non-military agency of the Canadian Government, opened air routes, experimented in air mail, transported government officials, carried ‘treaty money’ to the Indians, patrolled fishing, hunting, and forestry, flew sick and injured trappers and Indians, from remote sites, and photographed the first vast areas of wilderness in Canada. 

The first six RCAF squadrons included – H.Q. at Ottawa, No. 1 Flying Station, Camp Borden, [training]  No. 1 Operations Wing, Winnipeg, [which you have in your photos] and No. 3 Operations [photo] Squadron, Rockcliffe, Ontario, [which became the first to test and develop photographic equipment in Canadian aircraft] Wow, you have all these first images, taken by No. 3 RCAF Photo Unit, pure gold my friend. This is huge to me, and I’m sure someone in Ottawa will be in contact with you.

Attached you will find the aircraft info. from the book “RCAF Squadrons and Aircraft” National Museum of Man, Ottawa, 1977.

On 1 July 1927, the Directorate of Civil Government Air Operations [DCGAO] took over all air operations, which became Federal Government aircraft, etc. It was in fact a ‘paper’ air force and the RCAF did most of the work.

You have captured and preserved that small forgotten part of our early [first] RCAF squadron history. They were a photo section, so, they had lots of film, etc. paid by the Canadian government, that saved our history.

This is huge, keep up the good work, your site is doing so much good for Canadians.

Clarence


It made my day!

Where in the world did my grandparents get married?

In 2007 that was sort of an obsession.

Where in the world did my grandparents get married?

They never did get married!

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My father with the sailor uniform is with my grandmother Juliette just behind (circa 1929)

But before I found that out, I had searched near and far for my paternal grandfather’s father and mother. I had search on the Internet, on databanks, on genealogy forums, on several genealogy Websites, on U.S. and Canadian censuses, on Find a Grave…

I made hypotheses like where did my grandfather, who was also my godfather, had picked up my given name? 

Pierre…

This is how I met Blanche and Frobe for the first time. People I didn’t know had ever existed.

Then someone shared this old picture as she was somewhat related to the Lagasses.

Frobe Lagasse is on the right in the first row and Blanche is the baby being held by her mother Valéda Forand.

How I found out about Frobe Lagasse?

His father was Pierre Adolphe Lagacé. I had known back in 2009 who were finally my grandfather’s father and mother, but I had kept a close eye on that other branch. I did not want all this research to go to waste so I wrote about it.

Pierre Adolphe was the son of Pierre Lagacé (another Pierre) and Marcelline David.

14 March 1851

Pierre was born in 1825 according to this headstone.

Headstones are a secondary source because errors are sometimes found.

His brother Stanislas (Stanislas I), born in 1816, was my great-great-grandfather. Stanislas died March 28, 1900.

This could very well be where I got my given name, from my great-great-grandfather’s brother. Or was it because my great-grandfather Stanislas (Stanislas II) had a brother who was also named Pierre?  

I know by looking at this old picture that Stanislas II and his brother Pierre seemed very close, at least on a park bench…

Pierre (1845- ?) and Stanislas II (1842-1927)

I could never find out when Pierre died. That’s the “?”.

I know a lot about my side of the family, but I don’t know everything.

I know also a lot about Pierre Adolphe seen here on an image I took from the Internet in 2010, but I don’t know everything.

Sometimes people find this blog and start writing. Then they stop writing…like the person who sent me this and said he had more.

I don’t mind waiting because what I find I share for future generations. I understand why some people are not interested in finding their roots, but when they do and write a comment on this blog…

Amazing photographs!  I am partial I suppose as I also have 5 sons!  Thank you for sharing these!  I had the names of Frobe’s parents but nothing further, so that is wonderful as well!

 

I start writing…and sharing.

Comment on an old post written 6 years ago…

This is a comment left yesterday on an old post written 6 years ago…

Amazing photographs!  I am partial I suppose as I also have 5 sons!  Thank you for sharing these!  I had the names of Frobe’s parents but nothing further, so that is wonderful as well!

It was left after Stephanie read this post.


This article was supposed to be published on May 31th 2010. I thought that the story was over…

Read the article because there is more to it later on.

This is the closing chapter of Idala LaGasse’s story…

Sometimes you find something precious…

Alyce has something that is very precious.

Her grandfather wrote to his son David, Alyce’s father.

That was 63 years ago. Idala was 77 years-old and David was 31.

The letter is in French.

Alyce is learning French as well as the rudiments of genealogy.

She hit the jackpot twice since her third cousin is a retired teacher and now a freelance translator as well as an amateur genealogist seriously addicted to genealogy.

Alyce translated her grandfather’s letter. Pierre gave her an A- and helped her a little bit.

This is now the finish product.

You will learn a lot about Idala by reading it…

New Bedford, Mass

February 2, 1947

David LaGasse


Dear son

We have received your nice letter of 28 January. We are happy to know that your health is very good and that everything is running smoothly.

May God be blessed because happiness is a blessing that comes from heaven and deserves great appreciation.

You told me in your last letter that you prefer a private letter [instead of a postcard]. What a coincidence because I also prefer that but when I receive a postcard, I use the same method to answer back. It is not that I don’t have any paper because I have a lot.

I am happy to know of your good disposition and the suggestions that you make at the moment. You have all we need right now. The pension we receive right now is 82 dollars each month which is enough for us. Despite the raise in the cost of living, we are very well and our health is good for our age. We thank God for this.

I am pleased to know the good thoughts that you have for your mother who, in turn, loves each one of you equally as if you were her own children.

This was my most profound desire when I got married: a good spouse, a good mother, a good husband and good children make for a good household and peace everywhere.

We must then thank God for all these blessings.

Rose is not working anymore. She is resting for awhile. Eugene is still working and he behaves well.

Samuel still has his new business and he is well

Bob and Florence are both working. They are well.

Respectfully,

Your father


Now Stephanie left another comment which prompted me to write her a personal email. Her comment was left after she read about an undertaker…

I have edited the original a little.

https://steanne.wordpress.com/2009/12/13/george-lagasse-undertaker-in-massachusetts-in-1909/

Frobe?

That’s one reason I write this blog…

Comments left on it after I post something.

Frobe?

Another reason is how it’s fast to react to a comment.

Fran reacted to this picture I just posted on Our Ancestors…

Adolphe Pierre Lagassé

Frobe?

This is the only picture I had of Pierre Adolphe Lagassé, Frobe’s father.

Adolphe Lagasse

His new found descendant will share more of what he has, and I will share it if he allows me to do it on this blog.

Sharing is another reason I write Our Ancestors.

Fran is another…

Looking for ancestors?

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I have  written  so much  that  sometimes  I  have a hard time  to link your  comments with  my previous posts.

But I  always  try my hardest  to answer back.

Case  in point…

Great work !!!Mrs Cordelia Cadieux was she married with Joseph Langevin ? If so “rumours” has it she was Abenaki Indian anything on that ?

François

This was a comment left yesterday about a Cordélia Cadieux. It was left here on a post I had written in February 2014.

To make a story short this Cordelia was not the same Cordelia Cadieux, but I got curious, and connected the dots using information from censuses.

1880 Joseph Langevin and Cordelie Cadieux

 

Still looking you know…

For distant  cousins since 2009…

I am a granddaughter of Odna Lagasse Ritchie. She passed in 1983 (sadly). Not sure of the Redux name, though. I am Susan Varhol Beger, 62 years old today and, though I live retired in South Carolina, was born and raised in Connecticut. The picture shown is not Odna. It may be one of her sisters though. I was known to have looked just like her. Also, she had 3 sons and 3 daughters, my mom being the middle daughter. I think the info indicated only 2 sons. The sons were William, Robert and Francis. William and Robert were both lost in WWII. The daughters were Helen Ritchie Arel, Irene Ritchie Varhol, and Doris Ritchie Decker, all deceased.

Odna & Frank 1913

Odna  Lagasse  and Frank  Ritchie  

Odna and Frank 1941

Donna pictures 5

Odna Lagasse  Ritchie  1893-1983

It is well

Find a  Grave

Find a Grave

A reader just replied to a comment made on this article I had written  in 2011

This is the article  in question.

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Louis Joseph  Combe is Sylvia’s father who is still living and has a lot of pictures of her family. Her daughter sent them to Robin who is in the process of scanning them all.

Louis Combe was a photographer by trade, but obviously he did not take this photo. 

Louis Joseph Combe

This is the original photo Robin had scanned two days ago.

I did a little editing just using Paint…

It was worth taking the time to do it since Robin took the time to scan 44 pictures.

I won’t be posting or editing all of them.

Only some that will be touching people’s lives so to speak.

I believe the motorcycle picture would have been taken around 1915, maybe earlier. Louis would have been 21 in 1912.

Louis Joseph Combe was born in 1891 in Custer, in South Dakota. He died in 1987.  

His father was Victor Combe who was a French immigrant. Victor Combe arrived in the U.S. in 1885 and in 1890 he married Virginia Grandbois who was French-Canadian.

Louis Combe married Sylvia Bleau who was the daughter of David Bleau and Agnes Alexandre who both had French-Canadian ancestors. Agnes is my first cousin twice removed. Her mother Philomene was my great-grandfather’s sister.

Robin has found a lot about her roots and her husband’s, but now she has a lot of pictures to go around and share them with all of us.

The Combe Family

She also found three people passionate about genealogy.

About 1915…?

In 1917…?

A little History Detectives…?

Where was that picture taken…?

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Now the comments…

First Ryan’s comment

I love the picture of my Great grandfather Louis on the Harley! Such a cool picture, and you did a great job cleaning it up. I’m going to print that one and hang it in my office at home! I also love the pic of my grandpa Louis and great uncle Larry and will print and frame that one also. Great stuff!

Glee’s  comment

Hi my name is Glee Moureen Combe Judson. I believe the great uncle Larry mentioned above is my father, Lawrence Victor Combe (Sr.) b. 10/29/1921 d. 06/24/2003. Louis Joseph Combe, Sr.was my dad’s father. His oldest daughter referred to above as Sylvia, was known to her nieces and nephews as Aunt Marie. It would be nice to receive this information, if possible. Our son just happens to live in New Haven, Ct and is interested in knowing more about our family history. Grandpa (Louis Combe) moved his family from Connecticut in 1927 to Southern California.

Thank you for sharing this information and photos.

Glee