Donna has been sharing a lot of her precious pictures since she wrote this comment earlier this year about something I had posted on this blog.

Here name is definitely Odna, not Edna.  
In the picture you sent she is in the second row on the right.  
The young lady in the white dress.  
One of her sisters was named Mary and the youngest was Antoinette “Toni”.  
Those are the two I remember knowing in my youth.

Odna Lagasse

The young lady in the white dress was Odna.

Odna Lagasse was Donna’s grandmother.

Donna just sent me these pictures.

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Donna pictures

I will let you comment on these before I process them.

I Know Someone Who Is Going to Be Very Happy… Redux

This is what I wrote in 2011. You will understand how I came to know Paul and his brother Albert.

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.

In Memoriam Doris Decker

Obituary for Doris R. Decker

Doris (Ritchie) Decker, 85, of Southington, formerly of Plainville, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her girls, on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Born in New Britain on June 21, 1928, she was the youngest of six children to the late Frank J. and Odna M. (Lagassey) Ritchie.

Odna & Frank 1913

Raised in Plainville, she was a 1946 graduate of Plainville High School, and married Robert J. Barbier shortly after in 1947, with whom she raised four daughters. After his death in 1962, she went to work for Parsons Buick Company for 26 years, where she met John F. “Jack” Decker, and retired in 1992. She and Jack were married in 1976, sharing 27 years together until his passing in 2002.

A longtime member of St. Dominic Church, Doris led a full and active life. She loved to go to a movie, bake, sew, knit, golf, work on puzzles, and especially enjoyed spending time at West Hill Lake with her family. She also enjoyed her many trips with her friends from the NADA Buick Dealer 20 Group throughout the U.S., Australia, and Paris. While in Paris, she was able to take a side trip to Holland where she was able to visit the grave of her brother, William, who died during W.W. II.

William Ritchie

William Ritchie

She is survived by her four daughters, Donna Salsbury, Nancy Barbier, Beth Bussett (Mike), and Carol Misbach; six grandchildren, Corey Barbier, Kelly Misbach Osterling (Christer), Audra D’Agostino, Mallory D’Agostino, Spencer D’Agostino, and Griffin D’Agostino, and her great-grandson, Jack Osterling. She also leaves her sister, Helene Arel, and Sisters-in-law, Alice O’Hala and Ruth Johnson, along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, William, Robert, and Francis Ritchie, and her sister, Irene Varhol.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 9 a.m. from Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St, Plainville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Domenic Church, 1050 Flanders Rd. Southington. Burial will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery. Family and friends may gather on Sunday, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, Doris may be remembered with contributions to Masonicare Home Health & Hospice, 111 Founders Plaza, Suite 200, East Hartford, CT 06108. 

Knittin’ and sittin’ on Resurrection

Pierre Lagacé:

About resurrection…

Originally posted on Ruthrawls's Blog:

Sometimes I’m knittin’.  And sometimes I’m sittin’.  But anytime I’m home, I’m on Resurrection Road.  I’ve never seen a roadway of any kind named Resurrection, and it’s a little bit unnerving to live on such an unusual road name.  What could have possessed the powers that be to name a road Resurrection?

I’ve lived here about a year.  It’s quiet, most of the time, and it’s remote.  There are lots of trees here, and some wildlife.    I own a small plot of land, rectangular in shape, about an acre and a half that is fronted with roads on three sides.  If you were to draw the lot on paper, the rectangle is lying on its side, with the west and south sides bordered by Resurrection.  The east side is bordered by another road, which is the main road.  My entire lot is wooded with pines, sweet gums, maples, and wax…

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The Young Lady in the White Dress Redux

I had this in my inbox this morning.

Good morning  

While going through my mother’s things, I found an original print of this picture with the caption Lagassey family taken in 1912 on the back.

Wasn’t sure if in your search you had the date of this picture. 



picture from Dennis 1.1

I did not have any date!

Now we know how old everyone was on that picture.

Odna was 19 in 1912. Dennis Lagassey III was 48 and Amanda Ménard was 45.

Is that important to date a picture? I think so.

Donna is the same reader who had written a few months ago this comment on this blog…

Here name is definitely Odna, not Edna.
In the picture you sent she is in the second row on the right.
The young lady in the white dress.
One of her sisters was named Mary and the youngest was Antoinette “Toni”.
Those are the two I remember knowing in my youth.

Donna opened so many new doors in our search for Our Ancestors.