I have to end Our Ancestors this way.
How I have come to write so much about our ancestors was about old pictures. This is how it all started in 2008 on the original blog I had created in French to reunite with my great-grandfather Édouard Métayer.
Little did I know that I would go back in time 12 year later and start looking for some of these distant relatives posing for a family photo taken in the mid 1930s, and trying to figure out who were these people.
This is still the picture that is hanging on the wall of my office. It was shared by my father’s cousin.
It was the picture of Édouard Métayer she had kept. Édouard was a fireman and he made captain in 1911. Édouard is the father of my paternal grandmother Juliette Métayer on the left with my father.
Her father Édouard died on April 2, 1928, on the eve of his 34th anniversary as a Montreal fireman. I have never met him in person. The only memory I had as a child was a framed picture of this fireman in an old apartment on Mentana Street in Montreal back in the 1950s.
It was probably similar to this one shared by my father’s cousin Thérèse Métayer.
My grandparents were living in Montreal on Mentana street in the 1950s. My grandparents were poor and I knew very little about them. My grandmother Juliette had told me that her father Édouard Métayer had died when he tried to stop his horses while responding to a fire alarm. His horses had been scared by an incoming train. Édouard died a month later.
That’s all I knew.
At that time I was maybe seven or eight years old. Sixty-six years later, after a lot of research, I have known a bit more… well quite a lot more…
Wanting to know even more about my great-grandfather Édouard Métayer is why I started searching again for my ancestors and yours…
Next time on Our Ancestors II, I will try to find out more about who were Édouard’s relatives living in Rochester, New York in the mid 1930s…