From Cousin Joe

You think English is easy??

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present thepresent.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear..

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

 Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig..

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. – Why doesn’t ‘Buick’ rhyme with ‘quick’ ?

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this ..

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is ‘UP.’ 

It’s easy to understand
UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?
Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
We call UP our friends.
And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.
We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.
At other times the little word has real special meaning..
People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and thinkUPexcuses.
To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special..A drain must be opened UPbecause it is stopped UP.
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary.
In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.
It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.
When the sun comes out we say it is clearingUP .
When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things
When it doesn’t rain for awhile, things dry

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP,for now my time is UP,
so…… is time to shut UP!
Now it’s UP to you what you do with this email.


In Search of Freda

One of my friends is looking for some of his maternal ancestors down in Nova Scotia. Ron is planning a visit there in April.

I met Ron back in 2011 and I talked about our meeting here. I have posted many articles about Ron and I, even pictures.

Ron and me

genealogical twins

Ron Depatie

roots digger

Ron is quite a nice guy.

The only problem with Ron is his addiction to genealogy.

I have thought of starting GA (Genealogist Anonymous… pun intended), but I think Ron and I are hopeless cases.


Ron is going to find some of his roots in Nova Scotia. I have been there in 1978 and I visited Louisbourg two days in a row. I will always remember that trip because a guide told me that usually they get rain most of the time.

My two days there were sunny!


Ron is going to Nova Scotia to find his grandmother’s roots. She is Alfreida Melançon, daughter of William Melançon or Melanson and Clara Doucet.

Ron was stuck there with his bulldozer.

I have been trying since Monday to lend him a helping hand and finding clues about William Melanson using censuses even though they are not 100% reliable.

This search is in fact a story in itself.

About the Civil War, I will post an article on the battle of Golding’s Farm Monday morning.

I hope you are not too tired reading about the battles Alexander Bennett was in because you know I could understand how you feel about that war.

Anybody here seen my old friend… Abraham

Abraham Martin that is.

He was known as Abraham Martin dit l’Écossais.

He owned the plains of Abraham. Do you know someone who is related to him?

Well guess what?

I met one of his descendant in Ste-Anne cemetery.

Ron Depatie is a descendant of  Madeleine Martin, one of Abraham’s daughters. Madeleine married Nicolas Forget-Despatis.

Ron made the trip to Ste-Anne just to meet Paul Dauphin… and also to buy some strawberries.

He could not resist visiting the cemetery after we had supper.

You see, Ron knows his great-great-grandfather Jacques Bélisle was buried here in 1892, but there is no headstone to be found. Both Ron and I figured the plot was given to someone else since no one was left to pay for its maintenance.

So he looked for clues and I tagged along.


I told Ron that even though we could not find the grave, Jacques Bélisle was here allright and watching over our shoulders…

Click here to learn more about Abraham’s descendants…

Meet Paul’s Great-great-grandparents

I don’t know if Paul Dauphin had this picture of his maternal ancestors.

This picture was one of almost a thousand pictures scanned from the city hall’s archives. It belongs to Ginette Leclair who is related to the Leclair family.

This particular picture is part of Rosario Gauthier’s collection, one of best renown genealogists in Quebec. Rosario died in 2008 and was interred in Ste-Anne’s cemetery,

Rosario Gauthier would visit people in his hometown of Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines and would give them pictures of their ancestors. This is how we are now able to share this picture of Paul’s great-great-grandparents.

We owe Rosario a lot. He had more than 200 pictures in his collection and many people here in Sainte-Anne still have them.

I had seen the Lacasse-Charbonneau picture, but it was not that interesting… until two days ago when Paul Dauphin from North Carolina wrote a comment on this blog.

This is a beautiful story which is only beginning as Paul will discover when he visits us in July. Just like Ron Depatie and Doris Chaumont, he will be amazed at what he will see and find out about his roots.

Stay tuned for more…

Next time, I will show you two pictures Paul sent me and wants to share with you.

I Know Someone Who Is Going to Be Very Happy…

I did not have much to write about on this blog since I wrote about my good friend Ron Depatie  down in Ontario.

Well until this afternoon when someone wrote a comment…

Dear Mr. Lagacé,

My name is Paul Dauphin and I live in North Carolina.  I very much enjoy receiving and reading your blogs every day.  

My mother (Florence Charbonneau) was from Ste-Anne des Plaines.  Her father was Arthur Charbonneau and her mother was Alice Leclerc. 

Arthur’s father was Ovide Charbonneau (I enjoyed the hockey connection in one of your blogs).  She had two brothers: Remi and Flavien.  Flavien was a priest.  She also had a sister – Anita.  All are interred in Ste-Anne des Plaines, except my mother.  She is interred in St. Johnsbury, Vermont where I was born.

Ovide was married to Onezime Vezeau and their children were: Arthur (my grandfather), Joseph, Anna, Henri, and Rev. P. Albert.  

All this is to introduce myself and put into context why I am so interested in your blogs.  I will be visiting Ste-Anne this July around the 12th to the 14th.  My wife and brother and I will be going to the cemetery to pay our respects to my aunts and uncles as well as the ancestors that haven’t met.  I am also trying to get in touch with some of my relatives who I haven’t seen in over 30 years.

I would very much like to meet you if that is possible.  I have many photographs in which you might be interested in for your research.  I have two photographs of old houses in Ste-Anne – one is the house of Ovide Charbonneau and the other is of the house of François Charbonneau.

I have many other old photos of  people in Ste-Anne that I would gladly share.
I have pictures of Laure Estelle and Sylvio Léveillé, who are related and may be related to you? Also of Gerard and Rita Alari.  Rita and Laure Estell are Charbonneaus.

In any case I would love to sit and chat with you and buy you the beverage of your choice.

At this time I have booked rooms at the Hotel Best Western Plus St. Jerome.  If you have a better suggestion closer to Ste-Anne it would be greatly appreciated.  

I hope that you don’t mind that I wrote to you in English (much easier for me) but I can try to write you in French if you prefer.  I read and speak French moderately well.  

Hoping to hear from you,


I know some guy in Ontario with roots in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines who is going to be very happy to read my articles once more… and meet a 6th cousin.