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Desmarchais Blvd During The Depression Years | Historical Verdun » Verdun Desmarchais Blvd Residential section


  1. My great grandfather was from Verdun. Does anyone know who Desmarchais Blvd was named after?


    Comment by Don Desmarchais | December 13, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hello Don,
    According to historical notes, as late as 1907 large farms were still being subdivided into lots. One such new sector was built on the farmland of a Desmarchais family.
    If you give me the names of your great-grandparents (husband and wife) we can see their location in 1901/1911, their occupations and whether there were many Desmarchais’ in Verdun at the time.

    “Vers 1800, le chemin de la rivière Saint-Pierre (aujourd’hui la rue de l’Église) est ouvert à l’extrémité est de la côte de Verdun. Des maisons sont construites en bordure de ce chemin, à l’angle du chemin Lower Lachine Road (l’actuelle rue Wellington). Le village de Verdun prend forme au cours du XIXe siècle et se développe vers l’ouest au début du XXe siècle, sur une trame de rues orthogonale.Les grandes fermes sont subdivisées et leurs limites deviennent, pour la plupart, le tracé de nouvelles voies. En 1907, le secteur fait encore partie de la ferme de la famille Desmarchais.
    Source: http://patrimoine.ville.montreal.qc.ca/inventaire/fiche_zone.php?zone=oui&requete=simple&id=1206


    Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | December 14, 2011 | Reply

  3. My maiden name was DeMarshall, translated by my great grandfather when he came to United State in the 1920’s my dad said our name was desmarchais. He went up to Montreal on a trip in 1957 I don’t know how true this was but two desmarchais brothers, who were horse thieves in Alsaac Lorraine were banished to the new world and given a substantial piece of land. They settled the colonies a lot in those days with criminals that were really not that bad. I don’t know this is what I heard


    Comment by Annmarie Burtnick | March 16, 2015 | Reply

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