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Pair Celebrates Golden Wedding (1932) | Surnames: Delisle, Patton

Former Mayor Delisle and Mrs. Delisle of Caughnawaga Recall Old Times

(Special to The Gazette)

Caughnawaga, Que., June 19-

Andre Delisle (Chief Ta-Na-O-Ka-Te), former mayor of the Caughnawaga Reserve and a present member of the local council, and Mrs. Delisle, formerly Cecilia Patton (Ka-He-Ri-Ne) , celebrated here today their golden wedding, having been united in marriage fifty years ago today. They are 71 and 68 years of age, respectively. Seven daughters were born of their marriage and are all living and in excellemt health. The pair have also 19 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The venerable former Indian chief and former first magistrate of Caughnawaga is most highly esteemed by all the residents of the reserve, and is a churchwarden at the Caughnawaga United Church, and moreover has charge of the relief work for the Indian department at Ottawa, in this community.

Both celebrants were born and married in Caughnawaga. It was recalled yesterday at the anniversary festivities that Chief Ta-Na-O-Ka-To had travelled considerably from coast to coast during the early days of his life. The happy couple recalled that in those days the trails were very narrow and he and his companions often slept in the virgin forests or on the prairies. He further said that he had traded considerably with the United States Indians until the American Government imposed a duty on Indian hand-made goods.

Source: The Montreal Gazette, June 20, 1932

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December 31, 2013 - Posted by | .

2 Comments »

  1. Thka Evelyn for posting so much history on this reserve Judy Rice

    Comment by Judy Rice | January 1, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks for the thank-you, Judy!
      The reason I am posting is that this material is sometimes difficult to find.
      It was at one point freely available with an easy search, but now that source has dried up and it is necessary to do a rather more complicated search.
      I remember in my own family history when I finally got the confirmation from Nova Scotia archives that a certain family story about a family drowning was in fact true. Since then I try – like a ton of other genealogists – to publish as many extracts as possible.
      Happy holidays,
      Evelyn

      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | January 1, 2014 | Reply


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