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Arthur Lagasse
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Birth: Dec. 28, 1874
Quebec, Canada
Death: Feb. 21, 1956
British Columbia, Canada

Born in Weedon, Quebec - times were very tough, and there wasn't work for many. In 1874 he lived for a short time in Fall River, MA and worked as a weaver. (there were many French Canadians living there for work). He moved to Gravelbourg, Sask in 1906 with some of his brothers, cousins, Aunt's and Uncle's for the homesteading land that was $10.00 per 1/4 section. He travelled to Gravelbourg with his brother Albert.

Albert kept a diary/log of the trip. He wrote, "My brother, Arthur, and I both rented a boxcar on the freight train for $140.00 and we left on August 7, 1906. Each of us brought two horses, two cows, some hay for the trip, a wagon, a barrel of flour, and 300 lbs of sugar. Arthur also brought his dog, and had his three eldest sons: Octave, Philippe (Philip), and Hormidas (Joe). As for our wives, they were to follow us Sept 3, 1906 on the train. The trip took approximately 8 days: we arrived at the stockyard in Moose Jaw, Sask and unloaded our stock, remounted our wagons, greased our wheels and reloaded our baggage and left for Gravelbourg. This part of the journey took 5 days (note in 2009 the trip by car is approx 1 hr) for we had to stop every eight miles for the sake of our poor cows.

"Our first winter was very severe: the snow arrived in October, and stayed until May. Arthur & I had not finished building our house, so we had to spend the winter with friends and relatives. We were most charitably received by our cousin Damas Gauthier, while Arthur and his family found shelter with their neighbour, France Beaudoin.

We had brought a supply of goods and clothing with us on the train; other purchases were made from our local homesteader store, Eaton's Catalogue, Moose Jaw, and Mortlach.

Arthur homesteaded until the drought in the latge 1930's. His children all moved from Gravelbourg, Sask and he too went to British Columbia where he had a farm in the Coverdale, BC area. Although Arthur and his wife Philomene were not divorced - she stayed in Gravelbourg, and passed away in 1939. Arthur was said to have been a very mean man to his children (13 children) and his wife. There was a considerable amount of controversy over his will. The forklore that was said in my line is that Arthur had run one of his sons (Wilfred) off his property with a short gun. The others sons over a long period of time convinced their father that Wifred was his son, and should let him back, and he eventually did. The majority of the sons went on their days off to help their father Arthur on the farm. When Arthur died he left primarily what he owned to his one son, Wilfred. Many of the adult children were given $1.00; some a little more. The children contested the will, however, were not successful because Arthur me, so he had not forgotten anyone. This divided the family were cousins were forbidden to speak to one another. He later died in the Kelowna area. It is uncertain where he is actually interned. 
Family links: 
  Augustin Lagasse (1843 - 1923)
  Julie L'Heureux Lagasse (1847 - 1912)
  Philomene Daigenault Lagasse (1877 - 1939)*
  Octave Lagasse (1895 - 1920)*
  Joseph Hormidas Lagasse (1897 - 1988)*
  Philip Joseph Lagasse (1903 - 1975)*
  Rose Alma Lagasse L'Ecuyer (1904 - 1972)*
  Eduoard Joseph Lagasse (1908 - 1990)*
  Joseph Alexander Lagasse (1910 - 1988)*
  Amanda Lagasse Sauve (1914 - 1964)*
  Clement E Lagasse (1917 - 2001)*
  Claudia Marie Lagasse Kilborn (1920 - 1992)*
  Albert Lagasse (1873 - 1963)*
  Arthur Lagasse (1874 - 1956)
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Glenda Yearley
Record added: Apr 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89075204
Arthur Lagasse
Added by: Glenda Yearley
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Rest in peace,Arthur
- Bruce Nuckowski
 Added: Dec. 19, 2013

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