Willibrord Academy, Park and Avenue share a name with St. Willibrord Parish which as founded to serve the English speaking Catholic Irish of Verdun. Willibrord Avenue was originally called Rockland Avenue.
Other Historical Images of Verdun
This is a follow-up to the Desmarchais Family post in which we have been looking at the ancestors of Don Desmarchais in order to determine whether he is related to the Desmarchais family who gave up the farmland which is now covered by Desmarchais Blvd. and Parc Desmarchais in Verdun, Quebec.
1. General Note
Don descends from the Durand/Desmarchais. The founders of this line were Pierre Durand/Desmarchais and Jeanne Chartier who were married in 1673 in Quebec. Like so many others, Pierre came to Quebec as a soldier in the Carignan-Salieres regiment [Source: Fichier Origine, Michel Langlois]
2. Genealogical Notes
Joseph Durand-Desmarchais (son of Joseph Durand-Desmarchais and Marguerite Poirier) married Tharsile Latour (daughter of Francois Latour and Marie-Marguerite Sedilot-Monreuil) on April 23rd, 1848 in St-Laurent (Montreal, Quebec).
Joseph-Zephirin Durand-Demarchais was born (and baptised) on October 28th, 1866 in N.D.G. (Montreal, Quebec). The godparents were Jean-Baptiste Sarrazin and Emma Desmarchais. [Source: BMS2000] Continue reading
Some time ago I shared a vintage postcard of Desmarchais Blvd During The Depression Years and Don Demarchais left the following query:
My great grandfather was from Verdun. Does anyone know who Desmarchais Blvd was named after?
Verdun’s Blvd. Demarchais was named after the Demarchais family (“……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) . There is also a Parc Demarchais which is believed to have been named after a rich farmer – Julien Demarchais – who owned much land in that area of Verdun in the 1880s. (“Tire probablement son origine en mémoire du riche fermier, Julien Desmarchais, qui avait une terre dans les années 1880 dans les environs de l’actuel parc Desmarchais.” Source: http://infoverdun.com/page/Parc_Desmarchais.html).
Ancestors of Don Demarchais in the twentieth century.
Source 1 : 1901 Census of Canada, Subdistrict: Saint-Antoine (Ward/Quartier), MONTRÉAL (City/Cité)/175, QUEBEC, District Number: 175, Subdistrict Number: a-34. Archives Microfilm: T-6534
Desmarchais Zeph Nov 6 1867 33
Desmarchais Mary Nov 17 1867 33
Desmarchais Elvia July 26 1889 11
Desmarchais Harry Dec 25 1892 8
Desmarchais Walter Jun 13 1896 4 Continue reading
Verdun Natatorium – City of Verdun, P.Q.
Swimming pool 200 ft x 75 ft. & diving pool. 75 ft x 50 ft.
When Desmarchais Blvd. was built in 1920 Verdun was midway through a decade in which its population tripled, the roadway system branched out, new schools were built and the retail sector grew.
This photograph was taken between 1920 (when the buildings were constructed on the land of Julien Desmarchais) and 1935 (the date on the postmark).
From Period Newspapers
WADING POOL IS BEING ERECTED
Enclosure 150 by 200 feet under Construction At Foot of Desmarchais Blvd.
With the completion of a wading pool at the foot of Desmarchais Avenue, Verdun kiddies will be afforded an opportunity to enjoy the cooling waters of the St. Lawrence on hot summer days. Although this action is being taken rather late in the season, it will be welcomed by hundreds of youngsters who desire to seek relief during the hot spells of August.
Keep reading in the … Montreal Guardian, 1932
LEAGUE OBJECTS TO TOTS’ SWIM SUITS
Protest to Council Of Little Folks’ “Indecent” Attire
A few weeks ago Montreal Gazette reporter Monique Beaudin devoted one of her Green Life columns to the issue that though Montrealers live on an island in the middle of the St-Lawrence River they’ve had little or no access to that river since the 1960s, because of the increased pollution including improper raw sewage treatment. She goes on to say that “Now there are two public beaches on the island – one at the Cap St. Jacques nature park in Pierrefonds and the other the man-made Jean Drapeau Park beach on Ile Notre Dame” and authorities are working on many new projects including “a floating dock on the waterfront near the Natatorium swimming complex in Verdun”. Continue reading
A b/w photograph from WWII (ca.1945)
My Leger (m.Theriault) grandmother and uncle in front of their Cool St. flat in Verdun, Quebec.
A b/w photograph of my mother and me at my Theriault cousins’ Verdun flat.
- Verdun in Black and White(1): Family Photographs from the 1940s/1950s
- Verdun in Black and White (2): Family Photographs from the 1940s/1950s
In 1955 our Theriaults were living in Verdun on ave. de l’Eglise (Church Avenue) in a third floor walkup.
This extract from the 1956 Lovell’s Directory confirms that my parents were living at 1429 ave de l’Eglise. it also mentions that my father (whose nickname was Eddy) was working at the local Steinberg’s.
Useful link for Montreal Area Family History Research
Church Avenue, North View, Verdun P.Q.
L. Lemieux Dry Goods was located at 73 Church Ave., Verdun (Source: Lovell’s)
This ad on the left is an enlargement from the right hand side of the postcard. It’s partially obliterated but I reconstructed what it says from the Sellers listing in the 1905 Lovell’s Directory . To your right – Sellers Gouch Fur Co., Ltd. 280 St. Catherine S.W. Cor. St. Alexander Tel. Uptown 5870. Largest Exclusive Furriers in the British Empire. D.J. Sellers, The Linton. A.J. Gouch, the Linton. Today, there are furrier by the name of Seller’s Gough in Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
Reverse of Postcard:
H.W. Reynolds, Druggist,
corn. Hickson Ave. and Wellington, Verdun P.Q.
Printed in Saxony
Lovell’s Directory (1905)
Are any of these the Herbert W. Reynolds (chemist\druggist) on the postcard?
Herbert W. Reynolds m. Mary Ellen McConnell (1894)
Herbert William Reynolds m. Mary Ann Williams (1908)
Herbert W. Reynolds. m. Mary R. Stanger (1925)
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A Canadian Family Photo Archives
Verdun Figure Skating Club, Annual Show 1967
Gisele Theriault (Gen. 12)
The 74th Carnival of Genealogy is the “Swimsuit Issue” so I thought it was time to share this 1960s photograph of my sister. She posed for the photographer – Bob Pichette of Ville Lasalle, Quebec – just before the Verdun Figure Skating Club’s Annual Show.
Her outfit was a 2-piece bathing suit and was meant to go with her routine which was skated to the tune of “Yellow-polka dot bikini”. In those days any two-piece outfit qualified as a bikini! Here’s the music to go with it:
Bob Pichette Studio Reg’d.
320, 4th Avenue,
Lasalle, P.Q., 366-7417