October 9th marks my first year “blogiversary”. It’s been an exciting year of research, writing and “meeting” new relatives. Today’s post is about my paternal grandparents, Joseph Thomas Hogue and Marie Emma Girardin.
Thomas had been born on the 26th of February in 1879 in St. Charles, Manitoba. (Coincidentally, 26th of February is also my birthday!) His family moved to La Salle to farm around 1893. Emma was born on the 23rd of June, 1878 in Worcester, Massachusetts. (I’ll be telling her story later.) Her family moved to La Salle in 1895.
The 1901 Census of Canada for La Salle shows the Hogues and the Girardins next to each other.
Thomas and Emma were married on the 6th of April in 1907. In 1908 Thomas was appointed as a provincial constable for La Salle. They farmed, but they also built a very distinctive-looking house on rue Principale.
Here’s a picture of Mémère on her 95th birthday with a cake made in the shape of the La Salle house! How cool is that.
Here’s a picture of Pépère and his sons.
The Hogues and Girardins, both having large families, meant there were always lots of cousins around. Pépère’s brother Louis had nine boys and three girls. Pépère’s sister Elizabeth and her husband Modeste Gaudry raised a family of twelve, before moving to Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan.
Thomas and Emma raised a family of eight.
Joseph (born 24th of November, 1907) married Madge Smith on the 15th of July, 1933. I don’t have a wedding picture of them, but I have this one taken in 1942.
Thomas, my Dad, (born 22 Aug 1909) married Madeleine Vaillancourt on the 1st of July, 1933. They eloped! So no wedding photo, but here’s one of my handsome Dad
and my beautiful Mom!
Raymond (born the 2nd of September, 1910) married Jeanne Mailhot on the 1st of July, 1940.
Aime (born the 30th of January, 1912) married Louise Johns on the 28th of August, 1937. I have no wedding picture for them but I do have a picture of them taken in 1941.
Irene (born the 6th of January 1914) married Maurice Pariseau on the 15th of August, 1938.
John (born the 26th of April, 1917) married Emma Rochon on the 28th of September, 1942.
Louisa (born the 7th of August 1920) married Bill Dawyduk on the 25th of November, 1949.
Here’s a picture of Louisa and Bill’s wedding. The happy couple are flanked by my Dad and Uncle Joe.
Albert (born the 20th of October 1921) married Margaret Harding. Unfortunately I don’t have many pictures of them.
In 1946 Thomas and Emma moved to Vancouver, at the urging of some Gaudry relatives, but returned to Winnipeg in 1948. Mémère was very ill that year, just before I was born, and she used to tell me she had to stay around to meet me!
At one point, Thomas and Emma lived in a rooming house on Hargrave Street in downtown Winnipeg. The Eaton’s Santa Claus Parade used to go right by the house. I remember many occasions of joining other cousins to watch it there.
Thomas died on the 5th of February 1955 and is buried in Assumption Cemetery, Chapel Lawn Memorial Garden, Winnipeg.
Mémère lived to be 101 and died August 28, 1979. I’ll share more of her story in later posts.