Eveline Melvine Luce, Ancestral Home

Bathurst New Brunswick, family ancestral home, Lagace Family historyThis 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.


One response to “Eveline Melvine Luce, Ancestral Home

  1. Brian John Dove

    My name is Brian John Dove I was born to Mary Dove on the 9 July 1943 in Fleet Hampshire England
    l believe I might be related to your family through Raymond Vianney
    Boudreau or Boudriau.
    He was stationed in Hampshire at
    South wood camp Cove within 6 miles from where my mother
    lived at that time and I believe he could be my father
    I remember snippets of information from various people
    my family would not tell me any thing
    I remember parcels coming from East Bathhurst after the war
    with a letter to me from somebody who called me Brane I think
    My phone number is 01252 606230
    Kind regards

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