The Dash – The Sequel

 

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Courtesy  Steve Myers

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The Dash

By Linda Ellis

​I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard. Are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real and always try to understand ​the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

​So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash… would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent YOUR dash?

​Copyright 1996 Linda Ellis

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Courtesy Gracie Ann Matisyn

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Collection Steve Myers

Alice Darcina Myers

Alice’s father  is Médard  Lemaire who changed  his name to Medard  Myers.

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Sometimes  we only  have  headstones  to remember  our ancestors. Sometimes  we  are  lucky  to have an old picture  like this  one of Médard.

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If you  want  to  know  more  about  Alice who is  in front  of  her father, write a comment. If you want  to  know  more about  this  family, do likewise.

Isn’t  Alice a cute little girl?

More than a house – More than pictures

Posting once a week and only about How I found your ancestors might be harder than I first thought.

Anyway…

Our roots are deeper than we think.

Acadia House

Acadian House

Médard Myers

Medard Myers’ family

Medard Myers is a direct descendant of René Hébert.

Medard N Myers

So is little Germaine Lagasse.

Germaine Lagasse

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Germaine’s mother, Alice D. Myers, is the little girl in front of her father Medard N. Myers.

Médard Myers

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She was as such a descendant of René Hébert, and she probably never learned about her Acadian roots.

For more on Acadian House, click here.

Excerpt

In the past, there have been several articles written about the Acadians, who for a time resided in Guilford, Connecticut, but none of them have answered the question–“What are their names?”

That information can be answered, at least in part, but first; a little history is in order.

Britain had won Nova Scotia from the French in 1713, so when the residents of Grand Pre woke up on the morning of September 5, 1755, they were curious about the British ships in Minas bay, but were not alarmed. After all, they were French people who had lived there since the beginning of the 17th Century, and for the last 42 years under British rule. It was true that they had never sworn allegiance to Britain, not wanting to bear arms against their own countrymen, but they had lived there as neutrals, not firing upon the British, either. The British called this land “Nova Scotia” (New Scotland), but the French called the land and the surrounding land L’Acadie, or Acadia–the Indian name meaning–the fertile soil.

Who’s Who? – The 50th wedding anniversary of Urgel Boisjolie and Rosalie LaRose.

Do you want to play a little game of History Detectives with this group picture…?

Are you sure you want to do this?

This could last all year you know…

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It’s always a great help when you have captions to go along with pictures. Some, if not most, don’t have any, and you have to find a way to find who’s who sometimes like this picture of Exeurie Myers, Julien Myers’ brother with an old lady we knew nothing about a few weeks ago. 

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Who is the old lady?

Going back to the group picture, I am sure it will be easy to identify Exurie’ son Arthur and his wife Rose Alma La Rose in the group picture.

Rose Alma and Arthur

But who is the lady in these pictures?

 

 

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At first I thought it was Rose Myers, Exeurie’s sister.

Well guess again when you take a good look at this!

Exeurie Myers and Sophronie Champagne

Sophranie Beaugrand dit Champagne and Exeurie Myers
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And this!

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Are you still sure we should play Who’s Who with the group picture of the 50th wedding anniversary of Urgel Boisjolie and Rosalie LaRose?

This could last all year you know, because Jason has sent some cards for me to look at.

Jason West’s collection of old pictures

Am I going to find all these people’s ancestors on this group picture and all their descendants?

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Probably not.

But I will put their names on this blog so someone might find them and write a comment or fill out this form to contact me in the future.

What about this picture?

Why are all these people smiling?

Well most are smiling…

Next time we will play a little game of History Detectives…

Where to begin in all this new search for Jason’s ancestors?

Jason is not putting any pressure.

You can trust me, he is not.

Except Jason talked about the obituary card of Louis Lagasse, husband of Rose Myers who I think is the old lady beside Exeurie Myers.

Rose and Exeurie were siblings.

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This makes sense.

Why would he asked the next door neighbor to have her picture taken with him. But then it could be his second wife… or Irene’s grandmother.

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Could be…

It could be anyone related to Irene. But I would bet the old lady is Rose Myers.

I never did write that much about Rose Myers except about her grandson Harvey Louis Lagasse, a bombardier on a B-24 in the U.S. Airforce during WW II.

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You know how much I like WW II and airplanes.

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Harvey Lagasse

You now know how precious is my great-grandaunt Rose Myers.

I usually get excited…

I usually get excited when I see old pictures, but last winter here in Quebec had a dampening effect on all this excitement about old pictures.

I am sure all my American distant cousins will understand since they were hit pretty hard also…

Well not those who live in sunny California, or Florida for that matter…

This being said, I want to present you with more picture of Exeurie Myers whose name was in fact François-Xavier Lemaire, Juliens Myers’ brother who had married Agnes Lagaser whose name was in fact Agnès Lagacé, the sister of my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé who later became known as Dennis Lagassee.

Agnes Lagasse

Confused?

You should not be.

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Thanks for rekindling the passion

Jason just wrote…

Good morning Pierre!
I hope all is well.  I know I sent the two pictures attached but I forgot to pass along some info from my great Aunt.  She was’t sure who the woman in the white polka-dot dress was.  Please read the email from her below.  She believes this woman may be Mrs Louis Lagace, Exuire’s sister.  🙂
Have a good one!
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Sorry took so long getting back to you. Notice you need dates on Obits,I have so many and will send you info when I sort it all.out. I found Exurie Myers Obit card and with it was a Mass card  from his sister (which I never knew he had one) Mrs Louis Lagase.  So the picture I already sent you to ask Pierre if he knew who the lady was with Rose Alma Myers could possibly be Exurie’s sister.
My Mother — Rose Alma Myers is the correct name, not  Rosealina Alma. She had a sister Rosalina Alma who died near the age of 3.        

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