back to France with Francois
Bourassa (a "coureur-de-bois"
with son Rene,), and Marie
Leber (descendant of French nobility) who emigrated to Laprairie,
My Mom's Great Grandfather Francois Xavier Alfred moved to Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1880 then west in 1883 to St. John, North Dakota. The other Bourassa clans, including my Father's family joined them before settling around 1910 in the Souris Valley and Ste.Collette areas near Radville, in southern Saskatchewan.
The families had to be very self-sufficient and "make do" with what they had nearby. They invented absolutely ingenious ways to build or repair things, and we learned many of these methods by watching our amazing Father and Mother and Grandparents.
Our Family Tree includes prominent politicians Henri Bourassa (founder of "Le Devoir" newspaper), Francois Bourassa (called the Father of the House Of Commons), and Robert Bourassa, (who became Premier of the Province of Quebec in 1970).
& Agnes Ledoux homestead and Family Pic(1948?)
My Great Great Grandpa Alfred
The two photographers:
Great Grandpa Grandpa
Lindorf Bourassa & Philomene Martin Charles Bourassa & Marie Fradette
1866-1946 1865-1947 1890-1976 1896-1939
Charles Bourassa & Marie Fradette homestead Family Pic(Jan.1/67)
Dad had been previously married to Evelyn Galarneau on Dec.22/24 (d.Mar.24/29)
Dad wed distant cousin Yvonne
Bourassa October 27, 1937.
Because Mom & Dad are a generation apart, the family tree gets very confusing.
Then the family began to grow.
Our brother Lucien was killed in
Our Dad Horace passed away peacefully March 1984.
Our sister Simone also passed away in 2011.
Our Surviving Family on Aug.27/99
l.to r. Normand, Fernand, Jeanne, Germain, Yvette, Al, Leonie, Simone, & Laurent,
with Mom, Yvonne, seated in front.
Picture #1 shows me,
few years ago, enjoying a sleigh, hand-built for me, by my
Picture #2 shows my Grandson, Dawson, in the SAME sleigh, many years later.
This is genuinely the greatest highlight of my life, being able to pass on this
"priceless" hand-made family heirloom to a new generation.
Luszcz Family Gathering 07/12/76 in Bonnyville, Alberta (Jill's 4th Birthday)
Mom, Yvonne Simone
Apr.4/02 - Mar.7/84 Apr.6/28- Aug.18/58 May 29, 1916 - Feb. 9, 2016 1926? - 2011
My beloved wife, Patricia
Apr.9/49 - July 5/96
To all the fine folks that have preceded us
We miss you All, very much....