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Albert is still gone

Our Second Son Is Born

I am pregnant again

We were still living with Albert’s parents when I became pregnant again. Albert’s parents were kind to us. While we were with them, we did not pay any rent, but we did buy groceries for all of us, and in that way, we tried to show our appreciation and not be a burden. Our lives became normal—Albert going to work at Bath Iron Works (there was public transportation), me taking care of Billy, Mr. and Mrs. Ledoux both working (she often did temporary work when regular workers were out). I helped around the house and cooked for them and us. I was thinking of how nice it would be if Albert and I had our own home but it was not possible yet.

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Albert is still gone

Albert Leaves for War and I Go Back Home

The following is an excerpt from We Were not Spoiled by Lucille Ledoux as told to Denis Ledoux.

The trip to Syracuse

We left our wedding guests at 1:30 for the train trip to Albert’s base in Syracuse, N.Y. Since it was still summer and the sun was out late, we saw much beautiful country as we rolled though Massachusetts and New York. When we arrived in Syracuse, it was dark. We did not have reservations for the night, so we went to the Yates Hotel downtown not far from the station. The Yates was a big hotel, and they did have a room available for us. (I don’t remember if Albert had to leave me temporarily to report to the base.) We stayed at the Yates for one week. Then, we found a three-room, furnished apartment

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Uncle Pitou’s Migration to the US and Robert Is Born at Home

Not too long after I was born, my uncle Pitou Lessard (his name was really Lionel) undertook his own migration to the US from Canada, looking for work. Of course, he moved in with us. Today, people would say the apartment on Howe Street in Lewiston was too small to take in another adult, but in those days, there was almost always room to take in another brother or sister who needed a helping hand.

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The Howe Street Apartment

The following is an excerpt from We Were not Spoiled by Lucille Ledoux as told to Denis Ledoux.

My Parents Establish Themselves in Maine and I Am Born

The Howe Street apartment where I was born was my parents’ second home. When they first came, they lived downtown in a tenement on Lisbon Street. My father worked at Dulac’s which was just down the way, and while the mills were not far from their tenement, my mother, who turned 21 on August 15 just a few weeks after marrying, did not seek outside work but kept house.

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Starting Out On My Life

I was too young to marry, and my parents could not afford to have me stay at home. My mother took care of most of the housework, and my parents needed my salary more than they needed me to help her full-time at housekeeping. My mother had never worked outside the home except for a brief period at the Hôtel Lessard in Thetford, but in Lewiston, I knew many women[1] who worked outside the home.

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