I’m continuing the story of Mémère’s (Emma Girardin) siblings. Telesphore (Bill) Girardin was born May 9 1889. He was 7 years old when his mother, Onesime Allard, died.
Telesphore never married. He farmed in La Salle for most of his life. Telesphore was a Private in the 1st Depot Battalion Manitoba Regiment, but I don’t believe he was ever sent overseas, serving from November 11, 1917 to his discharge on August 27, 1918.
Telesphore died on January 8, 1970. I don’t have a picture of his gravestone. His obituary states he is buried in Garden of the Holy Sepulchre, which is now known as Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Marie Helene (Ellen) Girardin was born July 19, 1890. She was 6 years old when her mother died. I have had the good fortune to have had one of her granddaughters find my blog and share pictures and information.
Marie is believed to have spent some time in a convent/boarding school in St. Boniface, as did her sister Geraldine. She married Walter Milton Gerdin, from Minneapolis, on December 8, 1917, in Minneapolis. Her granddaughter tells this family anecdote:
“From the time I was a little girl, my mom would tell stories about her
family. She described her mom as fun loving. Everybody loved Marie. She was
a waitress in Winnipeg when my grandfather’s brother and wife met her and
thought my grandfather would love her.”
They raised one son and four daughters. Their son,Warren, died in World War II.
Walter died in 1950 and Marie in 1956.
And here is one of the most intriguing photographs that has been shared by one of Marie’s granddaughters.
The photograph was identified as Emma, unknown, Marie, Geraldine. Isn’t it beautiful?
And here’s another picture. Marie is the one standing. The other woman certainly is a sister…there is such a strong resemblance, but which one?
It would be amazing if some other Girardin descendant owns a copy of these pictures, so we can compare identifications. Hope springs eternal!