In this section, I offer stories written originally for family reading. These are stories of my grandmother’s life. Most of the stories below were published in a booklet, From Saint-Narcisse to Fall River, which I gave in the mid-90s to family members as a Christmas gift.
The little booklet looked great and it was fun to walk with a basket full of booklets around my brother’s house where we were all gathered. I gave one booklet to each family and to each adult with a separate home.
In this booklet, I have recalled my grandmother’s life from Memory Listing the details I knew. I found I remembered quite a few things about her—although she had died some 30 years earlier. To these memories, I added historical research to create stories that are, one hopes, interesting, accurate and meaningful.
I even went to the towns where she lived, saw the house where she was born and the church in which she and my grandfather were married.
These stories drawn from the booklet are also an example for what anyone with curiosity and a modicum of writing ability (I hope you will find I have more than a modicum!) could write from their memories—and the Memory List.
As one nephew shared with me, “Every family ought to have its own family historian to write its stories down for future generations.”
Well, I’m all for that!
I hope you will enjoy my grandmother’s stories from another time and another place—and I hope they will inspire you to write your own family stories.
If you don’t who will?
I was one of those fortunate children to have known well both sets of grandparents. My Ledoux grandparents lived upstairs for most of my growing up while by Verreault grandparents lived 10 miles away. (My children did not know their grandfathers and my grandchildren do not know their grandmothers.) My grandmother Marie Bilodeau Ledoux was […]
My grandmother Marie Bilodeau Ledoux would have been 130 years old today. She was born in St-Narcisse-de-Lotbinière, Québec, on May 15, 1884. The following is excerpted from a booklet I wrote about my mémère some fifteen years ago and gave a s a Christmas gift to my extended family.