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Jonquiere (Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean), rue St-Dominique

Quebec Vintage Postcard | vintage retail signs | Canadian Family

Jonquiere (like numerous other Quebec communities) has now been amalgamated into a larger city (Saguenay). It is located in the modern region of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean. The modern Jonquiere  had also been the result of an amalgamation (Jonquiere, Kenogami and Arvida). The original settlement of Jonquiere has existed since the mid 19th century, but the regional population really exploded in the second decade of the 20th century with the opening of Alcan’s  Shipshaw hydroelectric station which served their Arvida aluminium plant in Arvida, as well as the Price lumber operations in Kenogami.

The surnames below were present in Jonquiere  proper at the time of the 1911 census. it will be interesting to see the changes when the 1921 census is published – although I imagine that the changes will be more dramatic in the 1931 returns!

Click on name to access 1911 Canada Census

Beaudoin   Belley   Bergeron   Bilodeau   Boily   Bouchard   Boudreau   Boulianne   Brassard   Crowther

Dallaire   Deschêne   Duchêne   Dufour   Fortin   Gagnon   Gauthier   Girard       Kironack   Laberge

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July 22, 2011 Posted by | . | , , , , | Leave a comment

Index: Vintage Postcards Of Saguenay – Lac-St-Jean

This region is in the central/north part of Quebec on the north shore. The original inhabitants were the Montagnais, and these were later followed by the French. Today, there are 14 major communities in the area.

Chicoutimi black white

Main Street Bagotville ca. 40s/50s

Bagotville, St-Maurice Valley, Quebec.

Chicoutimi, Quebec (rue Racine) Continue reading

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Shipshaw (Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean) | Hydroelectric Station | Chute a Caron

This is a vintage postcard of the Chute a Caron in Shipshaw, Quebec.

Your weapons–the mattock, the axe and the spade, The crusher, the mixer, the bucket, the drill, A sledge or a hammer, swung with a will! You — men of Shipshaw– ten thousand and more, You’re working, you’re building, you’re winning the war! Ten thousand warriors, loyal and fine Carrying on behind the battle line! — From “Men of Shipshaw”

W. Gordon Ritchie, The Aluminum Ingot, October 30, 1942


Related Posts:

Vintage Postcards of Quebec

Further Reading:

“As though there was no boundary”: American Review, Canadian Studies

Clearing for model town (Shipshaw) , Mtl Gazette, 1925

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