This is a photograph of my maternal grandmother Eveline Melvine Luce standing in front of the home she shared with her husband Adelard Lagace in Bathurst, New Brunswick. I believe the photo dates from the late 1940s. There’s a notation on the back from my mother Golda Lagace where she says that ”This is the home where I was born“.
This home was actually at the center of a very small, but very busy, family farm. My grandparents raised chickens and hogs, as well as a cow to keep the family supplied with milk. All 14 children had chores to do and so did the cats!This might be why my mother (Golda Lagace) doesn’t view cats with quite the same affection as I do. When she was growing up the cats on her farm were fairly wild. They lived in the barn and in the fields. They were there to keep the rats at bay! According to my mother they weren’t very friendly and it took a brave child to approach their sharp teeth and claws.
Yet if you take a close look at this photograph you’ll see a cat brushing up against my grandmother’s leg and I have to think – since she knew the cat was there – that she wanted the cat in the photograph.
My grandmother’s life was very tough. Her husband – Adelard Lagace – worked long hours, six days a week, at the Bathurst Paper Mill, so she to managed the household while bearing and raising 14 children. I hope this cat was providing solace during the long depression years.
I would have liked to visit this house as an adult but according to my uncle D.L. the house was torn down in the 1960s when a new subdivision went up.