Friday, April 30, 2010

The Obituary of Edouard Courtois of Lowell, MA

Sent to me by Eric Christian. Published in The Lowell Sun, Monday, April 14, 1958. Thank-you Eric.
Man Dies on Way to Church

LOWELL--Joseph E. Courtois of 126 Textile avenue, better known as Eddie Courtois, died unexpectedly yesterday.

Mr. Courtois was walking along textile avenue on his was to church and upon reaching White street was stricken with an apparent weak spell.
He was removed to St. Joseph's hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

He was assistant steward at the Yovick club. Mr. Courtois was a communicant of Ste. Jean d'Arc church.

He was married to the former Irene Christian, who survives him, along with a daughter, Maureen V. Courtois; a son, Donald J. Courtois; three sisters, Mrs. Eugene Perrin, Mrs. George Loiselle, Mrs. Lucien Labbe; two brothers, Albert Courtois and Lionel Courtois.

The Obituary of Mrs. Lillian Robillard

Published in The Nashua Telegraph, Monday, January 19, 1976. pg. 2.


Mrs. Lillian (Fortin) Robillard, 69, of Lowell, Mass., died yesterday in a Lowell nursing home after a brief illness. She was the mother of Roland A. Robillard of Hudson.

Mrs. Robillard was born in Victoriaville, Canada, Dec. 29, 1906, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George (Emma Bellehumeur) Fortin. She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church, Lowell, Mass. Prior to her retirement she was employed by Southwell Combing Co., Lowell, Mass., for many years.

Besides her son, she leaves a brother, Omer Fortin of Lowell, Mass; four grandchildren, Charles, Kenneth, Robin and Renee Parker, all of Hudson and two step-grandchildren, Mrs. Richard (Patricia) Nucci of San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. George (Judith) St. Hilaire of Hudson.

The Laurin Funeral Home, Lowell, Mass., is in charge of arrangements.

ROBILLARD -- Died in Lowell, January 18, 1976, Mrs. Lillian (Fortin) Robillard, formerly of 50 Chestnut St. in Lowell. Friends may call at the M.R. Laurin and Son Funeral Home, 295 Pawtucket St., Lowell from 7-9 tonight and 2-4 and 7-9 Tuesday. Funeral Wednesday morning. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell at 9 a.m. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery in East Chelmsford, Mass.

The Obituary of Sister Lorraine R. Maille of Petersham, MA

Published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Jan 4, 2006. pg. B.4

Sister Lorraine R. Maille, 70

PETERSHAM -- Sister Lorraine R. Maille, formerly known as Sr. Germaine de lImmaculee, of the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, died of leukemia at the age of 70 on January 1, 2006.

Born in Dracut, MA, she was the daughter of Louis Philip and Germaine (Lecour) Maille. She attended St. Louis Elementary School and graduated from St. Louis Academy.

She obtained a B.A. from River College, Nashua, NH in Sociology an M.A. in Psychology and Counseling from Assumption College, Worcester, MA.

She taught junior high school for twenty years in several parochial schools in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Subsequently, she worked as a counselor in the Special Academic Services Department at the University of MA at Lowell for ten years and was the Director of the Counseling Department at Lowell Catholic High School for the last twelve years of her career.

She leaves one sister Jeannine (Maille) Bursey and a brother-in- law Robert of Dracut and a number of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Three brothers, Raymond, Lionel and Robert and two sisters, Mrs. Pauline Dunn and Mrs. Carmen Chapacharis, have predeceased her.

Calling hours at Assumption Residence on Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a prayer service at 4:30 pm.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 5 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of Assumption Residence with burial in the East Street Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sister of the Assumption Retirement Fund, P.O. Box 128, Petersham, MA 01366.

Arrangements are by F.J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home, Athol.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Published in The Lowell Sun, Saturday, May 13, 1916, pg. 9

But for the quick arrival and presence of mind of Theophile Courtois of 177 Hall street and employed as a clerk at his father's store at 175 Hall street, another drowning would have been recorded this morning, for Mr. Courtois saved from a watery grave Rene L'Abbe, 3 years and 3 months old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert L'Abbe of 6 Regina place.

Shortly before 10 o'clock this forenoon the L'Abbe boy with his brother, Edouard, six years old, and a cousin, Arsene Glaude, 7 years of age, was playing on the banks of the canal in Cheever street between Aiken street and Pawtucket street. The boys were seated on the edge of the canal and were playing in the water with their feet. Rene, who is not as tall as the other boys could not reach the water and he attempted to lower himself to the water edge and fell in.

The boys shrieked for help and at this time Mr. Courtois was going through Cheever street with a basket of groceries. After hearing the outcries for help, he vaulted the fence and with out hesitating a moment threw himself into the water and succeeded in catching the little fellow, who was sinking for a third time. The boy, who was in a semi-conscious condition, was carried to the home of his parents by Mr. Courtois and now is none the worse for his cold bath. Mr. Courtois was warmly congratulated for his act of bravery by the many who witnessed the heroic feat.

The Obituary of Mrs. Frank Prowdy, Formerly Miss Flore Courtois

Published in The Lowell Sun, Monday, March 13, 1905, pg. 7.

PROWDY--Mrs. Frank Prowdy of Providence, R. I., formerly Miss Flore Courtois of this city, died Friday night at her home in that city, aged 29 years. She leaves, besides her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Moise Courtois, of this city, four brothers and three sisters, Theophile Courtois of Worcester, and Napoleon, Charles, Arthur, Eva, Irene and Alice Courtois all of this city. Her body was removed Saturday to the home of her parents in this city, in care of Undertaker Joseph Albert.

The Funeral of Wilfrid Montbleau

Published in The Lowell Sun, Wednesday, December 8, 1909, pg. 2.

MONTBLEAU--The funeral of Wilfrid Montbleau took place yesterday morning from his home, 449 Moody street, with funeral services at St. Jean Baptiste church. Rev. Fr. Magnan, O. M. I., officiated. The choir sang Perrault's mass. Dr. George E. Caisse directed and Arthur J. Martel played the organ. The bearers were Napoleon Daigle, Gedeon Lariviere, Antoine Mainville, Theophile Courtois, Aldemar Dube and Napoleon L'Heureux. Burial was in St. Joseph's cemetery, and Rev. Fr. Amyot, O. M. I. officiated at the grave. Undertaker Amedee Archambault had charge.

The deceased left a wife and two sons, Armand and Raphael; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Montbleau, three brothers, Adelard of LaPairie, Que., and Henry and Orphea of Lowell, and four sisters, Mrs. Napoleon Daigle, Mrs. Gedeon Lariviere, Mrs. Antoine Mainville and Mrs. Theophile Courtois, all of Lowell.

Wilfrid was the brother of Victoria Monbleau, wife of Theophile Courtois.

The Marriage of Mr. Theophile Courtois and Miss Victoria Monbleau

Published in The Lowell Daily Sun, Thursday, July 9, 1896, pg. 1.

Of the June weddings, one that was not mentioned occurred at St. Joseph's church June 29, at which Mr. Theophile Courtois led to the altar Miss Victoria Monbleau.

After the ceremony was performed the newly wedded couple and their relatives returned to the groom's house and partook of an elegant spread that awaited their arrival after which the happiest two of those assembled there went on a wedding tour to the New Hampshire hills stopping at Peterboro. A reception followed at which there was a vast array of presents.

The Obituary of Mrs. Frank Savard, nee Anselme Picard

Published in The Saturday Evening Lowell Sun, June 8, 1912. No page number.
SAVARD -- Mrs. Frank Savard, nee Anselmee Picard, aged 56 years, 7 months and 2 days, died today at her late home, 23 Ennell street. She is survived by a husband, three sons, Alcidas, Edouard and Olivier, and two daughters, Mesdames Joseph Tremblay and Alexandre Grondin.
Published in The Lowell Sun, June 10, 1912. No page number.
SAVARD -- The funeral of Mrs. Frank Savard took place this morning from her home, 22 Ennell street. Solemn high mass of requiem was celebrated at 8 o'clock at St. Louis church by Rev. J. N. Jacques, assisted by Rev. R. A. Fortier and Rev. L. C. Bedard as deacon and sub-deacon. The choir was under the direction of Mr. Olier J. David, Miss Ida Monsgrain presiding at the organ. The bearers were Pierre and Celestin Picard, Alcida and Edouard Savard, Abraham Grondin and Joseph Tremblay. St. Anne's sodality was represented by the following: Mesdames Grondin, Bernier, Gosselin and Boudreau. The delegation from the Third Order of St. Francis was as follows: Mesdames Pigeon, Savard, Masse and Gauthier. Burial was in St. Joseph's cemetery in charge of Undertaker Joseph Albert.

Tombstone Tuesday: Albert Courtois & Celine Mayotte, Cimetière Saint-Joseph, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Section E, lot 142. Buried here is Albert H. Courtois. Albert was born the 30th of December, 1903 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Theophile Courtois and Victoria Monbleau. He married Celine Mayotte and died on the 29th of April 1986. Celine Mayotte, Albert's wife, daughter of Olympe Mayotte and Marie-Blanche-Alice Jodoin, was born on the 16th of July, 1915 in Lowell, Massachusetts. She died on the 29th of October 1970 in Lowell, MA.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sentimental Sunday: Miss Moran to Wed Paul Maille

Published in The Lowell Sun, Saturday May 11, 1940, pg. 5.
Bride-to-Be Is Guest at Shower

LOWELL -- Miss Rita Moran, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Farley, 2 Dutton street, was honored guest at a pre-nuptial testimonial held at her home Thursday night in anticipation of her marriage. On May 26 at St. Patrick's church, she is to become the bride of Mr. Paul Maille, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cuthbert Maille, Wheeler road, Dracut. Mr. Maille is a graduate of the Sacred Heart school in Nashua, N. H. He attended St. Louis de France school in this city and has an important position in the nationally known Jasper poultry farm. Miss Moran is a graduate of St. Patrick's girls school and attended Lowell High school, being a member of the Tri-Hi club.

Buffet Luncheon

At the testimonial a buffet luncheon was served by Mrs. Joseph Gagnon, Mrs. Blanche Guilmette, Mrs. V. Simoneau, Mrs. Peter Farley, Mrs. Leo Fortin, Mrs. Cuthbert Maille. The guest book was in charge of Mrs. Wallace Scobie. During the evening an entertainment was enjoyed. Those present were: The Misses Dorothy Sullivan, Rita Paquin, Virginia Gallagher, Dorothy Normandy, Rita Ferron, Beatrice Kraus, Rose McKinnon, Gertrude Therrien, Priscilla Maille, Kay Spillane, Eleanor Mack, Anne Martineau, Mary Demeres, Irene Lescard, Helen Lescard, Blanche Alberts, Teresa Gagnon, Rena Gagnon, Dorothy Methey, Germaine Clermont, Helen Stafford, Shirley Lounds, Alice Mahoney, Irene Courtois, Mrs. Emile Lussier, Mrs. James McCluskey, Mrs. James Hayes, Mrs. James Farley, Mrs. Leo Fortin, Mrs. Annette Robitaille, Mrs. Rose Belanger, Aleilia Rouleau, Mrs. Blanche Rouleau, Mrs. Oscar Martineau, Mrs. Emma Parent, Mrs. Worth McHomb, Mrs. Fred Simoneau, Mrs. Joseph Gagnon, Mrs. James Mckeon, Mrs. Mary Daly, Mrs. Ernest Blackburn, Mrs. Arthur Methey, Mrs. harold Wilkins, Mrs. Joseph Clermont, Mrs. Albert Daignault, Mrs. Alfred Therrien, Mrs. John Croteau, Mrs. Edward Fortin, Mrs. William Stafford, Mrs. Albert Simms, Mrs. Henry Ferron, Mrs. Cuthbert Maille, Mrs. Wilfred Courtemanche, Mrs. Ephrem Guilmette, Mrs. Joseph Hamel, Mrs. Eugene Gagnon, Mrs. Adelard Gagnon, Mrs. Wilfred Rondeau, Mrs. Elsie Lounds, Mrs. Leon Mahoney, Mrs. Jack Higgins, Mrs Ernest Lawrence and several others.

Surname Saturday: Robillard

I have decided to participate in the GeneaBlogger's Surname Saturday blogging prompt for the next few weeks. I was hesitant to do so in the past as I had plans to publish my database to the web using John Cardinal's Second Site, but those plans have been put on hold. So for my first installment of Surname Saturday I will feature my Robillard line starting with myself.

1. Michelle Robillard

2. Jerome Charles Robillard, b. 2 Jan 1943, Manchester, N.H., m. Pauline Gail Maille, 13 Nov. 1965 Sacred Heart church, Lowell, MA, d. 22 Feb. 2009, Lowell, MA

3. Joseph Zenon Heria Robillard, b. 16 Dec. 1897, Ste-Melanie, Joliette, Quebec, m. Louise Esther Wright, 2 Dec. 1917, Boston, MA, d. 24 May 1983, Lowell, MA

4. Joseph Arthur Robillard, b. 12 Oct. 1867, Ste-Melanie, Joliette Quebec, m. Marie Louise Philomene Foucher, 11 Sept. 1893, Ste-Melanie, Joliette, Quebec, d. 30 Jan. 1937, Lowell, MA

5. Jerome Robillard, b. 20 Jul. 1825 Ste-Elisabeth, Joliette, Quebec, m. Sophie Riberdy, 9 Nov. 1863, Ste-Melanie, Quebec, d. 16 Nov. 1884 Ste-Melanie, Joliette, Quebec.

6. Louis Robillard, b. 12 Mar. 1798, St-Sulpice, L'Assomption, Quebec, m. Genevieve Riberdy, 4 Aug 1823, Ste-Elisabeth, Joliette, Quebec, d. Unknown.

7. Joseph Robillard, b. 15 Apr. 1761, Lavaltrie, Berthier, Quebec, m. Marie Josephe Rivet, 31 Jan 1785, St-Sulpice, L'Assomption, Quebec, d. 04 Sept. 1850, St-Sulpice, L'Assomption, Quebec

8. Pierre Robillard, baptised 10 Nov. 1724 (ne de hier?), St-Sulpice, L'Assomption, Quebec, m. Marie Amable Beignet, 8 Aug 1746, St-Sulpice, L'Assomption, Quebec, d. Unknown

9. Joseph Robillard, baptised 13 Apr. 1689, Notre Dame de Montreal, Ile-de-Montreal, Quebec, m. Marguerite Bazinet dit Tourblanche 20 Apr. 1711, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Ile-de-Montreal, Quebec, d. 21 Mar. 1768 Lavaltrie, Berthier, Quebec

10. Claude Robillard, b. abt. 1650 Rouen, Normandie, France, m. Marie Grandin, abt. 1681, Champlain, Champlain, Quebec, d. 24 May 1719, St-Sulpice, L'Assomption, Quebec.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday: The Birth and Baptism of Joseph Zenon Heria Robillard, 1897 Ste-Melanie, Quebec

Below are copies of my grandfather's birth and baptism records. Joseph Zenon Heria Robillard was born on the 16th of December, 1897 in Ste-Melanie, Joliette, Quebec Canada. He and my oldest daughter, Tabitha, share this birth date. His parents were Joseph-'Arthur' Robillard and Marie-Louise-'Philomene' Foucher.

Also, It has come to my attention that there are several public trees on propagating false information in regard to my grandfather's parentage. Therefore, it is to be noted that my grandfather's parents are NOT the Simeon Robillard and Melina Ayotte Dit Malo Robillard couple.


1897 Ste-Mélanie d'Alliebout Co-Joliette, PQ
B55 Jos. Zenon Heria Robillard
Register Photocopy to the Greffe of Joliette

This seventeenth day of December one thousand eight hundred and ninety-seven, we the undersigned priest have baptized Joseph Zénon Heria born yesterday from the lawful marriage of Arthur Robillard, shoemaker, and of Philomène Foucher of this parish. The godfather was Zénon Robillard, teacher, and the godmother was Rosanna Foucher both of this parish and who have signed with the father. The godmother is the godfather’s wife. Duly read.

For more information on Joseph please search the label Robillard or contact me on facebook .

Treasure Chest Thursday: The Robillards, Fouchers and a Chaput

This treasure comes to me courtesy of my cousin Roger Foucher (Joseph Hector Gerard, Juliette Simonne Desrosiers) of Washington.

According to Roger, the people in the photo above are as follows... Moving left to right standing,

1. Edward Chaput, husband of Anita G. Robillard (L.J.Zenon, Marie Rose Anna Foucher).

2. Marie Louise Philomene Foucher, (Joseph, Flavie Bruneau) wife of Joseph Arthur Robillard. Philomene was my great-grandmother.

3. Joseph Hector Gerard Foucher (Joseph Narcisse, Marie Boucher) his god parents were Joseph Arthur Robillard and Philomene Foucher.

4. Marie Rose Anna Foucher (Joseph, Flavie Bruneau) Sister to my great-grandmother Philomene and wife of Louis Joseph Zenon Robillard (not pictured here. He was a brother to my great-grandfather).

5. Joseph Arthur Robillard (Jerome, Sophie Riberdy) My great-grandfather and husband to Philomene Foucher.

And kneeling we have, left to right..

Anita G. Robillard (Louis Joseph Zenon, Marie Rose Anna Foucher) wife of Edward Chaput.

Fabiola Robillard (Joseph Arthur, Philomene Foucher) she is wife to Francois Fournier (not pictured here.)

I can't get over the resemblance between Pepere (Joseph Zenon Heria Robillard) and his mother Philomene. Its incredible. Thank-you Roger : )

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Obituary of Mrs. Malvina Savard of Lowell, Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun, Thursday, February 13, 1975, pg. 32.
Mrs. Savard
... St. Jean Baptiste

Mrs. Malvina (Otis) Savard, widow of Edouard Savard, died last evening at the Glenside Nursing home. She was born in Canada and had been a resident of Lowell for over half a century, establishing her residence at 23 Dodge St. She was the daughter of Cyrille and Adele (Lamontange) Otis and was a communicant of St. Jean Baptiste Parish. She was a member of L'Association Marie Immaculee of the same parish. She is survived by a son, Maurice Savard of Lowell; and a sister, Mrs. Dora Brown of Lynn.

The Obituary of Edouard Savard of Lowell, Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun, Monday September 24th, 1928, pg. 5.
SAVARD -- Edouard Savard, a life long resident of this city died last night at his home, 243 White street, aged 44 years. He was well and favorably known in this city among a large number of friends. He is survived by his widow, Malvina (Otis) Savard; two sons, Raymond of Lowell, and Maurice in the U. S. cavalry at Burlington, Vt.; two brothers, Arthur and Olivier, both of Lowell, and two sisters, Mrs. Joseph Tremblay of Chelmsford and Mrs. Abraham Grondin of Lowell.

SAVARD -- The funeral of Edouard Savard will take place Wednesday morning from his late home, 243 White street. Solemn high funeral mass will be celebrated at 9 o'clock at Ste. Jeanne d'Arc church. Arrangements are in charge of Funeral Director Joseph E. Tremblay.
Published in The Lowell Sun, September 26, 1928, pg. 3.
SAVARD -- The funeral of Edouard Savard took place this morning at 8 o'clock from his late home, 243 White street. Solemn high funeral mass was celebrated at 9 o'clock at Ste. Jeanne d'Arc church by Rev. Victor Choquette as deacon and Rev. Leon Lamothe as sub-deacon. The choir under he direction of organist Miss Antoinette Dion, sang Abbe Pereault's funeral mass, the solos being sustained by Mr. Ed. P Gregoire, Mr. George Hebert, Mr. Napoleon Milot, Mrs. Antoinette Boudreau, Miss Stella Latour and Mrs. Wilfred Payette. At the offertory Mr. George Hebert sang Leybach's "Pie Jesu"; at the communion Miss Stella Latour sang "O Meritum Passionis"; at the end of mass the choir sang "De Profundis" and as the body was being borne out of the church Mrs. Antoinette Boudreau and Miss Stella Latour sang "Faure's Crucifix." The bearers were Messrs. Arthur Germain, Alphonse Bolduc, Ernest Bergeron, Abraham Grondin, Ernest LaBourdais and Arthur H. R. Giroux. Burial was in the family lot in St. Joseph's cemetery. Among those from out of town were Mrs. J. Shea from Boston, Mr and Mrs. Pierre Picard and Miss Lorraine Picard, all from Fall River, Mrs. Edward Brown of Lynn, Mr and Mrs. Arsene Deneault of Manchester, N. H., Miss Claire Deneault, Mrs. Joseph Deneault, Mr and Mrs. Ramsey, all of Pelham, N. H.; Mr and Mrs. Joseph Plourde and Miss Plourde all of Salem, Mass. Arrangements were in charge of Funeral Director Joseph E. Tremblay.

Tombstone Tuesday: Edouard Savard & Malvina Otis, Cimetière Saint-Joseph, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Sec. BB, lot 44. Buried here is Edouard Savard, a son of Francois Xavier Savard and Anselme Picard. Edouard is believed to have been born in May of 1885, in Lowell, MA. On October 20th, 1907 he married Malvina Otis, a daughter of Cyrille Otis and Adele LaMontange, at St. Jean Baptiste church in Lowell. Edouard died at home, 243 White St., in Lowell, on September 23rd, 1928. Malvina, also buried here, died on February 12th, 1975 at the Glenside Nursing Home, also in Lowell.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Published in The Lowell Sun, June 10th, 1919, pg. 2
Lowell Man Who Figured As Principal in Murder, Allowed His Freedom

Henri Ferron, of this city, who since 1910 has been condemned to the insane department of the state farm at Bridgewater for the murder of Flora Lariviere, which occurred in Hareford place, off marshall street on the evening of Jan. 26, 1910, was released yesterday afternoon after the charge of murder against him was placed on file by Justice Hugo A. Dubuque at the criminal session of the superior court in East Cambridge. Ferron spent last night in this city and this evening will leave for Massey Station, Ontario, Canada where he will live with his uncle and aunt.

Although very thin in appearance, Ferron is enjoying the best of health and says the treatment he received at the institution was most satisfactory. "I have lost at least 15 oounds during my incareration." he said, "but that was due to confinement for several years."

The mutilated body of Flora Lariviere, a married woman, was found on a mattress in the kitchen of her home at 3 Hareford place, off Marshall street on the morning of Jan. 26, 1910. A search was immediately started for Henri Ferron, who was known to have lived there, and had disappeared. A few weeks later word was recieved in this city that Ferron had been captured at St. Sebastion, Que., and Lowell officers went to Canada and returned with the prisioner. He did not fight extradition.

Ferron was kept under observation for a few days and finally was declared insane by two physicians and sent to the insane department of the state farm at Bridgewater. During his long stay at the farm Ferron was a model prisioner and won the confidence of the attendants and officials to such an extent that after five years he was given considerable freedom. He conducted a clothes cleaning and pressing deaprtment and in this manner was able to save enough money to care for his aged mother, up to the time of her death, which occured in this city, April, 15, 1917. During his spare time Ferron also learned the carving business.

About a year ago through the recommendations of his attendants Ferron was placed on parole and given more freedom than ever. He was transferred from the insane department to the farm and assisted in looking after the livestock. Through the efforts of Lawyer A. O. Hamel and Joseph Albert of this city, who became interested in the prisioner, a petition for his release was filed with the proper authorities and several hearings were held. Yesterday afternoon Ferron was taken to East Cambridge and appeared before Judge Dubuque at the criminal session of the superior court. By the terms of his parole Ferron is to go to Canada and live on a farm with relatives, an uncle and aunt. Dr. Frank H. Carlisle, medical director of the hospital, gave a written statement to the effect that Ferron had shown no traces of insanity and perfectly safe to be at large. Ferron is 32 years old.

This explains why I couldn't find him the 1920 census. He does, however, appear in the 1910 census at Bridgewater state hospital. Note that Joseph Albert had a hand in getting him released. Interesting...

Madness Monday: JUDGE BOND Sentenced Ferron to Insane Hospital at Bridgewater

Published in the Lowell Sun, Wednesday January 26th, 1910, pg. 4.
BOSTON, Jan 26 -- Henri Ferron of Lowell was yesterday judged to be insane at the time of the murder of Mrs. Flora Rivers at Lowell on July 1, 1909, for which he was indicted in the first degree. Judge Bond immediately sentenced him to the hospital for the criminal insane at Bridgewater.

Ferron, after killing the woman, with whom he had been living with for some time, chopped the body to pieces with an axe. He tried to give himself up to the Nashua police and then attempted suicide by jumping into the canal at Lowell. He was captured in Quebec.

The murdered woman's name is actually Florida LaRiviere and I have yet to figure out if this Henri connects to our Ferron line. I should note that the only Henri Ferron that I have in my database is Joseph Neree Ferron, son of Claude and Georgiana Rabouin, born 25 Aug 1891 in St-Paulin, Maskinonge, Quebec. Neree married Rose Anna Gauthier in 1909. This couple, according to my databse, had 7 children. Neree died in on 25 Feb 1955 at his home in Dracut.

Sentimental Sunday: Riley - Maille Wedding At Sacred Heart

Forgot to publish yesterday. Published in the Lowell Sun on Thursday, September 6th, 1962, pg. 14. James and Patricia were my godparents.
Riley - Maille Wedding At Sacred Heart

LOWELL -- Miss Patricia R. Maille, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paule E. Maille of 163 Meadowcroft street, became the bride of James E. Riley of 81 Prince street, August 25, at a 10 o'clock nuptial mass at the Sacred Heart church. Rev. Albert Walls, OMI, officiated the ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a floor length imported gown of Chantilly lace fashioned with a sabrina neckline, detailed in sequins and seed pearls, a basque bodice and bouffant skirt designed with lace appliqued panels and a back detail of four tiers of lace. A jeweled crown held her fingertip veil of hand rolled silk illusion and she carried a cascade of slephanotis and ivy centered with an orchid.

Miss Gail Maille, sister of the bride, was attired in a shrimp silk over taffeta floor length gown designed with a scoop neckline and basque bodice. Her circular veil was attached with a matching cabbage rose. The bridesmaids, Miss Roberta Maille, sister of the bride and Miss Sharon Sheehan, and Miss Elaine Sheehan, both cousins of the bride were similary gowned in turquoise.

John Boyle was the best. The ushers were Claude Maille, brother of the bride, Dennis Riley, brother of the bridegroom, and Paul Farley, uncle of the bride.

Following a reception at a Pawtucket boulevard restaurant the couple left for a wedding trip to New York City. They will make their home in Dover, Del.

The bride, a graduate of Lowell high school, is a member of the Blessed Virgin sodality of the Sacred heart church.

The bridegroom, a graduate of Lowell high school, is serving with thr U. S. Air Force stationed in Dover, where he is attending IBM school.

Friday, April 09, 2010

The Death Notice of Lewis Wells, Lowell, Massachusetts

Update: I opened my 1900 census of Frank and family with photoshop. I can see now that Frank is 32 yrs old so I am going to go do a poking around in New York right now.

I can't rightly call this an obituary in today's sense of the term. It's just a small little block of print, with not much information at all. However, there is enough information for me to know that this is the father of Frank and William Wells and grandfather of Agnes, Victoria, William, Helen, Francis, Flora, Viola, Kenneth and Charles Wells.

Published in The Lowell Sun on the 21st of Sept. 1922. Unfortunately, I only have a cropped image and forgot to write the page number down.
WELLS -- Lewis Wells, aged 83 years, a resident of this city for the past 40 years and a veteran of the Civil war, former member of Company C, 22Nd New York Regiment, died today at his home, 113 School street. He leaves two sons, Frank F. and William Wells, both of this city; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
I have a few census records that track the family of Lewis' son Frank, however, my search ends in 1900 Cheshire county New Hampshire. I do not know who Lewis was married to or his son Frank for that matter. I all know about Frank's wife is that her name was Harriet. Both the 1900 and 1910 census records that I have are barley legible. In a 1920 census record of School St. in Lowell, MA. Frank, Lewis' son, is enumerated as being born in New York. It states his parents are born Canada French. Harriet, Frank's wife, is born Canada French and Frank's father, Lewis, or Louis as he is enumerated, who is living with the family, is enumerated as being born in New York.. That's a little conficting don't you think? The parental birth information given for Frank, states Canada French, for both parents, mother and father, while the birth place information for Lewis or Louis, who IS Frank's father, states New York. Anyway, the census goes onto document that Lewis' parents, whom ever they may be, were also born Canada French.

Married Fifty Years: Mr & Mrs. Frank Wells, Lowell, Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun Monday April 11th 1938, pg. 12.
Fifty years of wedded life was celebrated on Saturday by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wells, of 113 School street. In the morning, a solemn high mass was celebrated at St. Rita's church by Rev. Fr. McGrath, with Masters Milton Williams, J. Ganley, Edward Eichstadt and Paul Eichstadt as acolytes. Mr. and Mrs. Wells were attended by thir oldest daughter Mrs. Leandre Bourque, and Mr. Bourque, and by Lorraine Parent and Thelma Wells, as flower girls. More than 175 friends and relatives attended the dinner served at 113 School street in the afternoon. A reception followed, marked by the presentation of a purse and many other gifts to the celebrants. Music was provided by George Vane.

Mr and Mrs. Wells aare widely known locally. They were married in Hinsdale, N. H., and came to Lowell 36 years ago, where Mr. Wells became employed at the Merrimack mills and later at the Saco-Lowell shops as a mechanic. Thirteen children have been born to them, nine of whom are living, as follows: Agnes, now Mrs. Leandre Bourque of North Billerica; Victoria, now Mrs. Raymond Chandonnet of Crystal Lake North Chelmsford; William of Lilley avenue; Helen, now Mrs. Samuel Goulet of Hampshire street; Francis, of 565 Stevens street; Flora, now Mrs. Joseph Silva of 113 School street; Viola, now Mrs. Wilfred Parent of 44 Adams street; Kenneth and Charles, of 113 School street. There are 19 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
William H. Wells' daughter, Thelma, one of the flower girls, was born 18 August 1930 in Lowell, Massachusetts. She married my father's brother, Francis H. Robillard on 4 Sept. 1954 at St. Michael's church in Lowell and passed away on 3 Jan 1983. Please see the label Wells for more information.

The Obituary of Mrs. J. Leander Bourque, North Billerica, Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun and Citizen-Leader Wednesday January 21st 1942, pg. 3.
Mrs. Agnes Louise (Wells) Bourque, wife of Leander Bourque, a well known resident of North Billerica for the past 27 years, died early this morning at St. John's hospital following a short illness. She was a member of St. Andrew's parish and of the Blesssed Virgin Sodality.

Surviving her are herhusband, five sons, Edward F. Bourque of Boston, Leonard C. Bourque of North Billerica, Lawrence O., Alfred D. and Raymond A. Bourque of Hartford Conn.; her mother, Mrs. Frank Wells of Lowell; four sisters, Mrs. Raymond Chandonnet of North Chelmsford, Mrs. Samuel Goulet and Mrs. Joseph Silva of Lowell, and Mrs. Wilfred Parent of Buffalo, N. Y.; four brothers, William, Francis and Kenneth Wells of Lowell, and Charles Wells of North Billerica, and by three grandchildren. The body will be removed to her home, 11 Beacon street, North Billerica tomorrow afternoon when relatives and friends may call.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Almost Wordless Wednesday: NAVSECGRU KamiSeya, Japan, 1961 - 1963, Robillard

Photograph and text used with permission from Joseph A. Glockner CTTCS, USN Retired webmaster of The Worldwide CT Community and Naval Security website.

From the personal collection of David T. Herr

Kami Seya 1961-1963

Bottom row, third from left is Ronnie Brooks. (ID from Bill Lockert 10-24-2004)
Back row, L -> R: Don Kolpan - Long Island, Dave "Ben" Herr, Reading, PA, now Long Island, Joe Wilson, don't know,don't know, Jerry Robillard - Lowell, MA, (not sure), Ron Stringfellow - California, (don't know),(behind - "Dusty" Rhodes), (not sure), (not sure), (not sure), (not sure), Forrest Voss (holding cocktail),Frank "Sack" Mastrioanni - Stubenville, OH, (not sure)
Front row, L ->R: Bending down: ?Rick Aseros, don't know. Kneeling: Ron Demeter, don't know, don't know,(poss Tom Melling - Indiana), Shellabarger - Nebraska, Dan Marks (with Voss' hand on head)
(ID's from Pete Kapernick 10-30-2004)
I believe it is Dave DeMark 5th from right on back row. (ID from Jay B. Ousey 1/30/2005)
I believe that the fourth guy from the right in the back row (shirtless) is CTR Charlie Arbogast. (ID from Joe Morrison 1/16/2007)

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The Marriage of Francois Bergeron and Josephine Robillard, Lowell, Massachusetts

Another article from my archives. This is interesting indeed...

Published in The Lowell Sun 9 Jan. 1911, pg. 6.

A pretty wedding was solemnized last night when Rev. Fr. Watelle, O. M. I. , united in marriage Mr. Francois Bergeron and Miss Josephine Robillard. The ceremony was performed at 7 o'clock at St. Joseph's rectory. The witnesses were Mr. Cleophas Heroux, the bride's uncle, and Mr. Phillippe Bergeron, the bridegroom's father. The bride wore a charming gown of white silk with silk lace trimmings, and she carried a bouquet of white roses and carnations.

At 8 o'clock a reception was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cleophas Heroux, 23 Decatur street. There were many guests and a fine entertainment program consisting of piano selections and songs was given by Miss Eugenie Heroux, Messrs. Arthur and Zenon Robillard and Alfred Duval and others. Among the guests present were Mrs. Arsene Robillard of Cohoes, N. Y., and Mr. and Mrs. Felix Albert of Pelham, N.H.

Mr. and Mrs. Bergeron, who received many rich and beautiful gifts will make their home at 23 Decatur street.
Interesting I say because Mrs. Arsene Robillard is the sister-in-law to Arthur and Zenon (I haven't traced Arsene's descendants yet) and an Alfred Duval married Zenon's wife, Rosanna Foucher, after he died in 1918. The marriage was short lived.. But I believe this Alfred to be that Alfred. Also I find it interesting that  Mr. and Mrs. Felix Albert were in attendance. I just finished reading the autobiography of Felix Albert a few weeks ago, it's entitled Immigrant Odyssey: A French-Canadian Habitant in New England.

I wonder who Josephine Robillard's parents were, there is no mention of them in this article.

Josephine's parents are Louis Arsene Robillard (Jerome & Sophie Riberdy) & Josephine Albert (Fermin & Genevieve?)  Now I just have to figure out who Genevieve is and how Felix and Fermin are related : )

The Obituary of Albert Boucher, Montreal, Quebec

Published in The lowell Sun Wednesday March 10, 1935, pg. 3.

Albert Boucher, formerly of Lowell, died at his home in Montreal on Sunday after a long illness, aged 50 years. While living in Lowell, he took an active part in sports as pitcher for the C. M. A. C. ball club, the Centralville Blue and the Lyons club. He was a former member of the C. M. A. C. After leaving Lowell, he operated a billiard parlor in Montreal, where local friends used to visit while in Canada. In addition to his wife, Mrs. Blanche Boucher, formerly of Lowell, he leaves a daughter, Therese; his father Ludger Boucher; five sisters in Lowell, Mrs. Narcisse Foucher, Mrs. Adolphe Brassard, Mrs. Edmond Gendreau, Mrs. Jules Dumond and Miss Eva Boucher, and two sisters in St. Paulin, Canada, Mrs. Joseph Lesage and Mrs. Benjamin Lavalle. A brother, Alfred Boucher of Fifth avenue, Lowell, also survives. Funeral services were held this morning in Montreal.

Reception is Tendered, Mr. and Mrs. Boucher, Lowell, Massachusetts

Published in the Lowell Sun Wednesday, October 4th, 1916, pg. 10.

A pleasant gathering of friends took place last evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Z. Robillard in Moody street on the occasion of a reception to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Boucher, two prominent young people, formerly of this city, who were recently married in Montreal, Que. There were about 25 couples present and all spent a most enjoyable evening. A musical program was given., those taking part being Miss Stella Latour, Emery C. Gauvin, Telesphore Malo, Alfred Ducharme, Leo Sylvestre, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Boucher, L. J. Z. Robillard, Hector Robillard, Armand Sicard and others. A buffet luncheon was served and the party broke up at a seasonable hour after those present had extended thier best wishes to the couple.

Mr. Boucher, who is holding a responsible position at the Flaunce (sp?) hotel in Montreal, was married to Miss Blanche Patry, a prominent young woman of the Canadian metropolis and formerly of this city, on Sept 19, the ceremony being performed at St. Pierre Clayer church, The young couple left on a honeymoon trip through New England and are at present in this city.

Mr. Boucher is well known in this city especially in minstrel and baseball circles. At one time he was a member of the Dixwells and Mt. Groves, and was noted as a clever third baseman. He is still interested in baseball, being a team member of a strong amateur team of Montreal, the Metropole, which won 21 games out of 24 during the past season. The couple will remain in this city until after the world's series, for the will take in the games in Boston.
A little article about a party that Louis Joseph Zenon Robillard (Jerome, Sophie Riberdy dit Sansoucy) threw for Albert Boucher and his wife. Albert Boucher was the brother of Marie Boucher (Ludger, Marie Laberge). Marie Boucher married Joseph Narcisse Foucher (Joseph, Flavie Bruneau), on the 26th of December in Lowell, MA. Narcisse was the brother of my great-grandmother Marie Louise Philomene Foucher. Marie Louise Philomene married Joseph Arthur Robillard on the 11th of September, 1893 at Ste-Melanie. And Joseph Arthur was the brother of, the host of the party, L. J. Z. Robillard.

The Obituary of Adelard Sylvestre, Lowell, Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun Monday, 13 May 1940, pg. 3.
Adelard Sylvestre, a resident of this city for the past 52 years and one of the oldest parishioner of St. Jean Baptiste church, died Saturday afternoon at St. Joseph's hospital after a brief illness, aged 71 years. He was also one of the founders of the Holy Family sodality of the parish, a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and the Catholic Foresters.

He is survived by his wife, Adeline (Cantin) Sylvestre; two daughters, Miss Esma Sylvestre of this city and Mrs. Joseph Panzi of Ste. Philix de Valois, P. Q.,; three sons, Adelard Jr. and Romeon of this city, and Leo Sylvestre of Melville, N. J.; one sister, Mrs. Joseph Robillard of St. Philix de Valois, P. Q.; several grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

SYLVESTRE -- Died in this city, May 11, at St. Joseph's hospital. Adelard J. Sylvestre. In his 71st year. Funeral Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock from the funeral home, 744 Merrimack street. Solemn high funeral mass at 9 o'clock at St. Jean Baptiste church. Burial in St. Joseph's cemetery under the direction of Joseph E. Tremblay funeral director.
This obituary comes from my within the depths of my Robillard folder which is located on my, ever increasing in size, hard drive. It was found some time ago and has just been sitting and waiting. However, I have yet to research exactly who Adelard's sister, Mrs. Joseph Robillard, from St-Felix-de-Valois is, I have a few hunches, but nothing I have actually researched. I will get to it someday as I have a life time to finish my research : )

The Obituary of Ernest Thurber, Clarksburg, Massachusetts

Published in the Lowell Sun Friday, May 31st, 1940, pg. 3.

Ernest was the sister of Noella (Thurber) Bernier Robillard, Thus making him the brother-in-law to my great Uncle Joseph Rosario.

Ernest Thurber died yesterday morning at the of 59 years, six months and 27 days. He made his home in Clarksburg.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Minnie (Jacques) Thurber; a daughter, Mrs. Carroll Chayer of Waterville Me.; his mother, Mrs. Virginie (Thurber) Camire of Carlise; three sisters, Mrs. Phellza Larose of Trois Riviere, P. Q., Mrs. Mathias Peloquin of Carlise and Mrs. Joseph Robillard of North Grosvenordale, Conn; four brothers, George Thurber of Albany N. Y., Edward Thurber of Chelmsford, James Thurber of Montreal and Alexander Thurber of this city.

Tombstone Tuesday: The Robillard Family, Cimetière Saint Joseph, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Here in this plot, Sec. C, Lot 12, are our Robillards. All of whom, at one time or another, were residents of Lowell, Massachusetts. Buried here are, Louis Joseph Zenon, 40 years old; who was the brother of Joseph Arthur Robillard, 69; who was the husband of Philomene Foucher, 71; who was the mother of Joseph Rosario, 54; who was the husband of Noella Bernier (Thurber), 79; who was the sister in law of Joseph Zenon Heria Robillard, 85; who was the husband of Louise E Wright, 93; who I think was the mother of Joseph 2j. I have the documentation for this plot and it is to be noted that, according to the plot documentaion, Joseph Rosario Robillard was removed from CT and buried at St-Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford, MA in Oct. of 1946. He died in Bronx VA Hospital on 18 Oct. 1945. Sadly, I have yet to find an obituary for him.