Binging on Netflix can become a big problem. Binging on Our Ancestors can become a bigger problem. That’s why I will be slowing down posting on Our Ancestors unless Dennis keeps on scanning old post cards.
“Fête Dieu” Parade,
Quebec, Canada June 1914.
So we are back with my alter ego Hercule Poirot.
He will be lending a helping hand with this mysterious mezmerizing post card.
An old photo always wants to talk to us if we know how to listen. In this instance it’s much easier…
Here’s the transcription of the back of the post card once more…
At home safe and had a fun time thanks to all of you girls. I have to wait until I find out each of your names before I can write to you personally. Your brother came as far as Plainville with us girls. If there is a dance in Compounce Saturday night please ask Harvey to go so we can have a dance with him. Say girls, Did I spell your name right well never mind the next time I will spell it correct. Hoping to hear from you again. I remain Yours
P.S. Please write and give me some of the girls names. I can’t rememb er any of them only yours.
Elizabeth Fagan 249 High Street
This post card was so interesting that I just had to know who was this Elizabeth Fagan who seemed to have such an interest on Harvey Lagassy.
Well, well mes amis I am here again to help with this other “mystère” about two “mystérieuses” beautiful young “demoiselles” in Connecticut… I will let my little brain cells warm up a little and curl up my moustache.
First the mysterious lady with an X…
She has to be Elizabeth Fagan’s shop mate who wants to come to the dance next Saturday. Miss Lagassy had no reason to write an X nor Elizabeth. Miss Lagassy would have known who was Elizabeth on that post card. So we have two of Elizabeth’s shop mates and the one with an X wants to come to the dance.
This is the second clue we have…
As you can see the “carte postale” was stamped June 1, 1911 at 9 AM which was a Tuesday morning. This means the post card was put in the mailbox before Elizabeth Fagan went to work on Monday the post office being closed on Sundays. I figure “la danse” in Lake Compounce was on the previous “samedi” since Elizabeth seemed quite excited to go to the next dance with the handsome Harvey Lagassy, Miss Lagassy’s brother…
This is once again the handsome Harvey on a picture taken in 1912 that Pierre wrote about before…
We just can make out the name of the town.
The post card was mailed in Kensington, Connecticut. I had to search on Google Maps on my Samsung “tablette” to find it.
In 1911 Kensington was part of Berlin, Connecticut. There was very little information on the Internet so I had to search the U.S. censuses for someone whose name was Elizabeth Fagan living in Kensington who could have been old enough to go to a dance at Compounce Lake on Saturday May 29, 1911, and then after the dance being accompanied by Harvey as far as Plainville…
I wonder if she gave Harvey a little thank you kiss in Plainville…
But I digress.
I found one girl in the U.S. 1900 census whose name was Elizabeth I. Fagan born in 1893. She would have been 18 in 1911 and thus being able to go to a dance.
Elizabeth Fagan was the daughter of Thomas Fagan who was an ice dealer. Thomas Fagan had married Mary Ann “Minnie” O’Donnell. Elizabeth had several siblings.
Catherine V Fagan 1885–
John Lawrence Fagan 1886–
Josephine L Fagan 1887–1973
Christopher Fagan 1889–
Mary A Fagan 1899–
Agnes W Fagan 1903–
Grace S Fagan 1906–1980
Thomas F Fagan 1909–
But again I digress…
So until next Monday when we pay a little visit to the Fagan family in Kensington, Connecticut on a 1910 U.S. census page.