How to go on with this search ?


Pun intended…

Sometimes  there are mysteries  even Hercule Poirot won’t be able to solve…

But not  this  one.

imageOr this one…


Goodie  goodie Pépère, another  mystery  solved!

I just can’t stop looking for who are in old pictures.

Dorothy Miller, unknown, Dalton Miller

The beach pictures were always in the back of my mind since 2009.

True story!

Now I have some expert help.

Poirot at the beach

This might  be  une  longue histoire  you know…

Hercule Poirot – The man with the cigar


Hercule Poirot in Hammonasset Beach

Ah oui! L’homme  au  cigare on Hammonasset  Beach  in Connecticut. Bien  sûr  mon  ami that I remember that case  very  well.

This was one of the most intriguing  cases  I had came  upon since the wedding  in 1909.

famille Hogue vers 1910

The wedding of Bernadette Hogue with Joseph Phaneuf in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Augustine Hogue 2

But you don’t want me to talk about that case don’t you?

Now, what about the man with the cigar holding  un petit  garçon on a beach in Connecticut in les États-Unis in 1925.

at the beach

Watch the little birdie  Alfred…

L’homme au cigare has to be his father Fred, and on this next photo the woman has to be his mother Aurore.

Regarde le petit oiseau Alfred…

On the  first  picture the mother, now  holding le petit garçon, took  the picture, and the second picture was taken by the father.

Simple  déduction mon ami…

Première photo, le  père  tient  le petit  garçon.

at the beach

Deuxième  photo, it’s  the  mother.

The man with the  cigar has to be Fred Lagasse seen here with someone  I think is his uncle.


But he could  also  be  his father…the old man on the left with the fedora!


See you next Monday.




Little Grey Cells

Sometimes Hercule Poirot is hard to follow.

Hercule Poirot in Hammonasset Beach

Is it really?

I don’t want to lose you with all the deductions I have arrived at.

My little  grey cells  were acting up last week with  this picture sent by Joe,  the husband  of my new found third cousin.


Collection Dorothy Miller

Could these women be related to my side of the family, and be Joseph’s sisters?

I could not find enough evidence that Marie-Anne Lagasse what on it so I let it go for the time  being, and I went instead searching elsewhere for Joseph Lagasse’s sisters, if this is Joseph Lagasse of course.


Collection Dorothy Miller

While looking for Marie-Anne, I found this clue on Find a Grave and I asked permission to use it.


Courtesy Gail Denomme

With this I went back to these old tintype photographs to get my little grey cells working up again…


Collection Frank Archambault

Then I saw the light at the end of a lost tunnel…

Well at the bottom.


Looking straight at me was Fred Lagasse. Fred has to be on the left with an uncle, probably one of Sophie Archambault’s brothers.


Collection Frank Archambault

I believe that Fred was on the beach as well as his father Frank Lagasse, his mother Sophie, two of his brothers, Edward and William, and his  sister Cora Mamie.

Fred Lagase

Everything became clear in my head…even who was the little boy. 

Well almost everything became clear as you will find out later.


Hammonasset Beach circa 1925

He found it!

Poirot at the beach

Bien sûr I found it…

My wife loves to watch Hercule Poirot. Sometimes two or three episodes in a row on Netflix. I can understand why she’s addicted to Hercule Poirot’s little grey cells. I would watch sometimes, but my mind wanders off, and I start thinking of those two beach pictures shared in 2009.

At the beach 2

at the beach

Who were these people smiling for posterity?
Who was the photographer?
Who were the old ladies?
Who  was the old man?
Who were the two straw hat men?

So many questions, even Hercule would be confused.

Hercule Poirot in Hammonasset Beach

Hammonasset Beach

Taken from the Internet  


Hammonasset Boardwalk, circa 1925

“Hammonasset” means, “where we dig holes in the ground” and refers to the place where a settlement of eastern woodland Indians farmed along the Hammonasset River. They subsisted on corn, beans, and squash, and by fishing and hunting. The first colonists arrived in 1639. Property changed hands frequently between Native Americans and the first colonists.

In 1898 the Winchester Repeating Arms Company bought Hammonasset and used it as a testing site for their new rifle. Their Lee Straight Pull rifle was mounted on a horse drawn stone boat, from which it was fired into targets on the beach.
On July 18, 1920, Hammonasset Beach State Park was opened to the public. The first season attracted over 75,000 visitors. The park’s reputation drew tourists from across the continent as well as the state.

During World War II the park was closed to the public and loaned to the federal government as an army reservation. Meigs Point functioned as an aircraft range. Planes flew over Clinton Harbor, fired at the range and then flew out over Long Island Sound.

The stone breakwater at the Meigs Point end of the park was built in 1955. The stones were brought in by truck from quarries in northern New England.

Today, over one million people come annually to enjoy Hammonasset Beach State Park?

1925 was a great year for these people enjoying  a day at the beach…

It took almost  seven  years for my little grey cells to find out who some of them were…

Hercule Poirot

Ste-Thérèse – Summer of 39

Before I move on with my search for Joseph’s missing sibling Marie-Anne…


Putting a date on a picture is another of my obsessions…


Nine children having their picture taken on a porch in Ste-Thérèse-de-Blainville in 1939, a picture shared by a distant cousin I met only once.

Nine stories… most of them very sad. So much so it will  never be told on a blog. One child is my father, five others are his siblings.

Each  child on this picture would  have  his  or  her  story to tell. Six of them were descendants of this old man I never knew had existed before I started looking for my ancestors in 2007.


Stanislas Lagacé II

This old man is also seen here on this  group  picture.

My great-grandfather Dennis Lagasse II (Stanislas  Lagacé II) is easy to spot so is his son Dennis Lagassee III.

I  can’t  remember  who had shared  this  group picture with me. So many people have shared so many pictures since 2010 that sometimes I lose track.

I  know  it was  not Alyce whose grandfather  was Idala Lagasse…

Idala 1930

who married Olivine…

Idala's second wife - Olivine Poupart

Olivine Poupart

after his first wife Albina  Quintin  had died from general septicemia.

Albina Quintin death certificate

It was not the person who had shared the first group picture with me in 2009 but who had stopped sharing…

But  that’s  okay, I  can  live with  that.

I  know  it was  not Dennis  Lagasse IV who  has shared more than  100  old pictures and still enjoys reading Our Ancestors.

I  think it might be Michael who found his  birth mother after all these years of searching.

montage Penelope and little girl

Alyce knows all about this  search since she was our go-between in 2010.

Your  secrets are always safe with me, so feel free to share old pictures and stories because you never know what you can find.

I just remembered now who sent this picture.

Michael did with this one.


Dennis III, Dennis II and an unknown man

I’m so glad he did.