Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Obituary of Francois Xavier Savard, 1916, Lowell, Massachusetts

According to the records at Cimetière Saint-Joseph in Chelmsford, Massachusetts Francois Xavier Savard was 61 when he died in 1916. This same information is published in within the Lowell Sun via his death notice on 26 Oct 1916, pg. 8.

SAVARD---Frank Savard, aged 61 years, died this morning at his home , 711 Lakeview avenue. He leaves three sons, Arthur, Oliver and Edouard and two daughters, Mrs. Corinne Grondin and Mrs. Florida Tremblay.

Funeral Notice: published in The Sun October 28th 1916, pg. 7.

SAVARD--The funeral of Frank X. Savard took place this morning from the home, 711 Lakeview avenue. Solemn high mass of the requiem was celebrated at St. Louis church at 8 o'clock by Rev. J. B. Labossiere, assisted by L. C. Bedard as deacon and Rev. E. J. Vincent as sub-deacon. The bearers were D. Belleville, J. Daneau, T. Savard., U. Larue, P. Fortin and G. Deziel. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery, where the committal prayers were read by Rev. Fr. Vincent. Funeral arrangements were in charge of Undertakers Joseph Albert & Son.

Assuming that these sources are correct Frank's birth date is abt. 1855. Now, if I look at the 1880 Federal census of Fall River Massachusetts, his age is recorded as being 25. Again, this makes his birth abt. 1855. In the 1900 Federal Census of Lowell, MA he is recorded as being 35 years of age, which would make his birth abt. 1865. I don't believe this information to be correct. This same census has his wife, Anselmie or Anseline, or Anselme Picard, recorded as being 9 years older than he. Moving on to the 1910 Federal census of Lowell, MA our Frank is recorded as being 54. Ok, again, birth date is abt. 1855/56.. His wife is recorded as being 2 years older than him at this point. There is no 1920 census to refer to as he dies in 1916. So.. looking even further into the documents I have collected, and noticing that in the marriages recorded for the year 1878 in the city of Fall River, MA on page 100, record number 277, both Frank and his wife are recorded as being 23. Thus making both their birth dates abt 1855.

1880 Census Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts.
Series: T9 Roll: 524 Page: 126, line 1

1900 Census Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Series: T623 Roll: 661 Page: 6 b, line 54

1910 Census, Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Series: T624 Roll: 600 Page: 171 A, line 43.

1910 Census continued.. Series: T624 Roll: 600 Page: 171 B,
Eveline, Arthur's wife on line 51.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

News of Greater-Lowell Men in Nation's Armed Forces, 1945, Lowell, Massachusetts

News of Greater-Lowell Men in Nation's Armed Forces
Joseph Arthur Robillard, shipfitter, third class, Lowell, Mass., is serving aboard the USS Kimberly in the Western Pacific. Son of Mr and Mrs. Joseph H. Robillard, 307 West Sixth Street, Lowell, Robillard was employed by the Boston & Maine railroad before enlisting.

This is Uncle Joe. His brother, my dad, is 2 years old at the time. This is published right after V-E Day. V-J Day is to come in Aug. of the same year.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Tremblay and Savard, Cimetière Saint-Joseph, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Sec BB lot 50, Clarida Savard and her husband Joseph Tremblay. Clarida is daughter to Frank and Anselme Picard. She was born abt. 22 June 1879 in Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Savard Brothers, Paul and Roland, Cimetière Saint-Joseph, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Section W, along Cardinal Cushing Avenue. Buried here is Paul R. Savard. 36 yrs of age. Brother to Roland R Savard. 37 yrs of age. Both were sons of Raymond J. Savard and Theresa Leclair. Grandsons of Arthur Savard and Eveline Champagne and great-grandsons of Frank Savard and Anselmie Picard.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Raymond J. Savard, Cimetière Saint-Joseph, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Section W. Buried here is Raymond J Savard, son of Arthur, grandson of Frank. Husband of Theresa LeClair. Father to Paul, Roland, Pauline Savard and Irene Savard.
Raymond J. Savard

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Obituary of Anita B Patenaude nee Robillard, 1966 Lowell, Massachusetts

Obituary published in The Lowell Sun 27 Jan 1966 pg. 3

Mrs Patenaude
Mrs. Anita B. (Robillard) Patenaude, 58, wife of Leo G. Patenaude of Lilly avenue, died early this morning at St. Joseph's hospital. Born in Montreal, P. Q. Canada, she was a daughter of the late Joseph A and the late Philomene (Foucher) Robillard. She was a resident of this city the greater part of her life.
She was a communicant of St. Louis de France church and a member of the Ste. Anne Soldality of that parish. She was also a former treasurer of the A.E.F.A.; and she was a member of the Friends of St. Joseph's hospital and the Franco-American War Veterans Ladies Auxillary. Surviving her, besides her husband, are a daughter, Mrs. Constance Wallace of Lowell; two sons, Gerald Patenaude, U. S. navy stationed in Boston and Robert Patenaude of Lowell; a sister, Mrs. Fabiola M. Fournier of Lowell; two brothers, Joseph H Robillard and J. Antonio Robillard, both of Lowell; also seven grandchildren.

Theophile Foucher: The Man From Montana

   Mesdames J. A. Robillard of James St. and L. J. Z. Robillard of Moody St. as well as Narcisse Foucher of Moody St. were given a real New Year's Surprise Sunday morning when they received a visit from their brother, Joseph T. Foucher of Fort Benton Montana, whom they had not seen for 35 years.
   Mr. Foucher before leaving his home in Montana wrote a letter to his Lowell relatives informing them that he was on his way to Lowell, but the letter did not reach this city until Monday morning, a day after the arrival of the writer. It is needless to say that the reception accorded the visitor was an unusual one, for the Lowellites had been looking for years to see their long lost brother.
   Mr. Foucher left Canada 36 years ago for the western part of the states. He went to Michigan, where he remained for 12 years, during which time he was married. He is now the father of eight children. About 24 years ago he removed to Great Falls, Mont. where he secured employment in the largest smelting plant in the world. A few years ago he took up a government homestead of 320 acres at Fort Benton, Mont. and became so prosperous that two years ago he purchased 240 more acres of land and now is the owner of one of the largest farms in the state.
   Mr. Foucher will remain in Lowell six weeks and then he will tour the New England states and Canada before returning to his home.
Published in The Lowell Sun, Tuesday, 2 January, 1917, pg. 4.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Obituary of Philomene Robillard nee Foucher, 1941, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1941

Here is the death notice for Philomene (Foucher) Robillard wife of Joseph Arthur Robillard. Published in the Lowell Sun March 6, 1941. She died on 5 Mar 1941.

Mrs Philomene Robillard
Mrs. Philomene (Foucher) Robillard, a resident of this city for the past 50 years, died yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fabiola Fournier, 517 Moody St, following an illness of several months. Mrs. Robillard was an attendant of St. Jean Baptiste church and was well known throughout the parish.
She was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and of the Ste. Anne Sodality and also was a charter member of La Legion Franco-American Auxillary. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Fabiola Fournier and Mrs. Anita Patenaude, both of Lowell; three sons, Rosario Robillard of North Grosvenordale Conn., Joseph H Robillard of Manchester, N. H. and Antonio Robillard of Lowell; one sister, Mrs Rose Robillard of North Grosvenordale Conn., and one brother, Mr. Theophile Foucher of Fort Benton Mont; 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

The Obituary of Joseph Arthur Robillard, 1937, Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Here is the death notice of my paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Arthur Robillard.

Published on page 2 of Lowell Saturday Sun, 30 Jan., 1937.

Joseph A. Robillard

Joseph Arthur Robillard a resident of this city for many years, died earlier today at his home, 90 Aiken St., after a long illness, aged 69 years. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Philomene (Foucher) Robillard, and two daughters, Mrs. Leo Patenaude and Mrs Francois Fournier of this city. Three sons, Rosario and Heria of Central Falls, R. I., and Antonio Robillard of Lowell, and a brother Jerome Robillard of Cohoes, N. Y. He was a member of The Holy Family Soldality of St. Joseph's parish and The Catholic Foresters, Court St. Antoine No. 566.

Published in The Lowell Sun, 2 Feb., 1937


The funeral of Joseph Arthur Robillard took place this morning at 9 o'clock from his home, 90 Aiken street, and was highly attended by relatives and friends. A 9 o'clock at St. Jean Baptiste church a Solemn high funeral mass was celebrated by Rev. Andre Payette, O. M. I., assisted by Rev. Alphonse Houle O. M. I., as deacon and Rev. Narcisse Cotnoir, O. M. I as sub deacon. The choir, under the direction of Rudolphe E. Pepin, sung the requim mass by Pietro A. Yon. The solos were sung by Elzear Cote, Wilfred Jacques, Eugene Corbell and Rudolphe Pepin. Scated within the sanctuary was Rev. Edward J. Carrier, O. M. I. The Holy family Sodality was represented by Adelard Isabelle, Hermenlglide Ducharme, Lucien Bergeron, Joseph Valee, Amdee Jacob and Alfred Genest. The Catholic Foresters Court St. Antoine was represented by John H Primeau, Ferdinand Rousseau, Cleophas Heroux, Anastasie Beauregard, Maxime Cornellier and Joseph Boudreau. La Legion Franco-Americain was represented by Alfred Hall and Joseph Mercier, and the auxillary of the Legion by Laura Gilbert, Rose Lamoureux and Eva Duguay. The bearers were Gaspard Bourgeault, Henry Nadeau, Alcide Riberdy, Alexander Clermont, Adelard Rivet and Arthur Deneault. There were many floral offerings. Burial took place in the family lot in St. Joseph's Cemetery where the committal prayer were read by Rev. Napoleon Savard, O. M. I. The arrangements were under the direction of Funeral Directors Amdee Archambault & Sons.