|Birth: ||Feb. 17, 1894|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 1, 1927|
North Dakota, USA
Marie Antoinette Gagnon was born in Cashel, North Dakota, to Theotime Adelard "TA" and Christine Sabourin Gagnon on February 17, 1894.
Prior to her marriage, she was one of the first group of 33 girls to arrive in France as Telephone operators during the World War - these girls would become known as the "Hello Girls". Qualifications for service were that they had be female, speak French, be college educated, in good physical condition and not be married. These women were recruited from the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (A T & T) centers around the country.
After discharge from service all of the girls who served were denied recognition and benefits of military service as veterans because they were considered to be civilian employees, not members of the military. Each of these young women wore regulation uniforms (which they were required to purchase with their own money) - including official US Crests, Signal Corps crests and "dog tags".
One of Marie's fellow operators, after many years of persistence, was able to secure legislation to award the operators veterans status. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a bill giving the women their deserved recognition.
Marie married Edward Francis Moore on January 1, 1920 and gave birth to three children - Edward Francis, Jr (1920), Margaret Marie (1921) and George Gagnon Moore (1923). Marie died of pneumonia, at the age of 33, after being ill for ten days.
From the Walsh County (North Dakota) Record - V. XXXVIII P. 1 - Thursday, March 3, 1927:
A large circle of friends and acquaintances in this community were shocked yesterday morning when word was received here that Mrs. Ed. F. Moore, formerly Miss Marie Gagnon, daughter of T.A. Gagnon, had died Tuesday night at her home near McHenry, in Foster County. Pneumonia, with which she had been ill for ten days, was the cause of her death.
Mrs. Moore had visited with friends and relatives here about a month ago and her death so soon thereafter came as a severe shock.
Mrs. Moore, then Miss Gagnon, was one of the few women given a citation by General Pershing for service in the World war. She enlisted Feb. 1, 1918, and on March 5 of the same year sailed for Europe where she served until the close of the war in the capacity of telephone operator and French interpreter. The citation from General Pershing came June 20, 1919, and was for "exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous services at Toul, France." She was discharged from the service Aug. 18, 1919.
Returning to her home here, Miss Gagnon was married Jan.1, 1920, to Ed.F. Moore and for the past several years they had lived near McHenry where Mr. Moore is engaged in farming. They have three children, Ed, Junior, 6, Margaret, 5, and George, 4. She was born in Cashel Feb. 17, 1894.
Mrs. Moore attended the public schools of Grafton and completed her education at St. Norbet Academy at Winnipeg.
Besides her husband and children, Mrs. Moore is survived by her father, T. A. Gagnon, two brothers Alphonse of Bismarck, and Eugene A. of Grafton and the following half brothers and sisters: Wilford, Venice, Ca.; Mrs. A.E. Eddy, Los Angeles; Mrs. Harold Hostetter, Nekoosa, Wis.; Mrs. C.K. Geston and Miss Margaret, both of Grafton.
The funeral will be held tomorrow at Tolna and interment will be made there. Mr. Gagnon left yesterday morning to attend the service.
Theotime Adelare Gagnon (1861 - 1933)
Christine Sabourin Gagnon (1869 - 1896)
Edward Francis Moore (1895 - 1976)
Edward Francis Moore (1920 - 1992)*
Margaret Marie Moore Brelie (1921 - 1984)*
George Gagnon Moore (1923 - 1955)*
Joseph Alphonse Gagnon (1889 - 1987)*
Eugene Joseph Albert Gagnon (1891 - 1954)*
Marie Antoinette Emelie Gagnon Moore (1894 - 1927)
Saint Johns Cemetery
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Patti Zapalac
Record added: Apr 18, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13989454
REPOSE EN PAIX MARIE-ANTOINETTE!|
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Added: Aug. 10, 2009
Marie Gagnon - my grandmother - was someone I would have loved to know|
Added: Dec. 27, 2008