In 2011 Paul was a complete stranger until he wrote this comment.
Dear Mr. Lagacé,
My name in 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 Francois 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 Leveille, who are related and may be 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,
J. Paul Dauphin
Paul was much more than a reader on this blog and much more than a friend. Yesterday I have received a letter from Paul’s wife. I knew what it was all about.
Rest in peace Paul…
Joseph Leo Paul Dauphin (1940-2020)