|Death: ||Aug. 3, 1929|
Unknown Newspaper Clipping, most likey a Newport, Vermont paper, hand written date at top of clipping reads: Aug 15, 1929.
DEAD WOMAN, MRS. QUIMBY
Ran Away, Leaving Husband and Two sons, Aged Four and Seven
SEQUEL TO STANSTEAD TRAGEDY
The second episode of the Stanstead tragedy of August third was brought to a close in the Griffin Hill Cemetary late
At the inquest, Monday, August 5, Issac Fortin, driver of the ill-fated team, swore that the dead woman, Dora Laroque, was his wife. Outside the court room, aftterwoods, he told the Journal man that he had married the woman in Enfield, N.H., four or five months ago. He was not the father of the boy, but did not know weather the woman had ever been married before or not. His dismeanor was suspisious throughout, but his mother, Mrs. G.Z. Hatch of Tomifobia, suggested that this was probably due to injuries to his head. At the burial August sixth, he appeared to be overwhelmed with greif over the loss of his wife.
The ink was scarcely dry on newspapers, telling of the tragedy, when citizens of Enfield and vicinity looked first askance, then aghast.
On Friday, Frank E. Quimby of Enfield, lawful husband of Dora Laroque, came here, accompaniedd by councel, interviewed a number of people and visited the cemetary after being satisfied as to the identity of the dead.
Out of this orderly visit grew the absurd daily newspaper stories concerning the alleged burial of the woman in a "little graveyard at the back of a farm near Tomifobia" and subsequent exhumanation of the bodies, one paragraph reading as follows;
"Aided by a local undertaker, Quimby, with his own hands, dug up the bodies of his loved ones, identified them in their pine coffins, and was given permission to remove them to the undertaking man at Newport"
Another paragraph would make it appear that Fortin himself had buried the bodies on the back lot of the farm.
Naturally people living in this vicinity were outraged by these absurd reports. Griffin Hill Cemetary is located one of the oldest settlements of the Eastern townships, surrounded by a panorama of wonderous beauty, it's extent sweeping the northern extention of the Green Mountains of Vermont. It is the resting place of sturdy pioneers and honorable citizens who followed them and properly cared for. Dispite the lamentable circumstances( missing text from clipping-Text pick up on a second clipping) garments for their burial. They were laid away in modern caskets, with the full burial service of the United Church of Canada, two clergymen taking part. No community could have done more.
On Moday of this week Quimby, accompanied by his mother- in -law, Mrs. Josephine Canfiled, mother of the dead woman, went through this place to Sherbrook to consult the Crown Prosecutor for the district. They returned to Derby Line for the night, and on Tuesday forenoon went to the Griffin where, permission having already been obtained from the clergyman in charge of the burial, acting under instructions of the Crown Prosecutor, the graves were opened by regular cemetary attendants and the bodies positively identified by mother and grandmother, husband and father, without removal or even lifting. It is understood that this action was taken as a preliminary to court procedure for recovery of damages, through insurance on the automobile which caused the death of Mrs. Quimby and her child.
HAS HONORABLE WAR RECORD
Quimby saw service in the U.S. forces in the Great War, has an honorable overseas record and is a member of the
American Legion. Ten years ago after returning to New Hampshire, he married Dora Marie Larouque in Enfield, NH.
Her family name had been changed to Rock and under that name she was married. They had four children, and misfortune seems to come to them within a few months. Quimby was an industrious man, and although owning his own home, "worked out" a great deal. Fortin lived in Lebanon, worked on the railroad tracks, under William Little and was locally known as "Frenchie". Last winter Quimby was away in the lumber woods, and it was then, supposedly at least, that Fortin and Dora had become infatuated.
The Quimby's had four children whose ages ran from two to seven or eight years. Last Spring Betty, one of the older ones, a bright cheery little girl in school, lost her eyesight, went into decline and died. Things were going wrong in the home. Quimby appealed to the police, asking that men be kept away. Mrs. Quimby disappered May 17, having previously expressing a determination to do so. Why and where she went were not exactly known. She did not leave with Fortin, but a check-up later showed that he had run away on the same day, abanodoning a wife and child some two years old. Fortin and Dora were heard from through relatives of both Cadysville and Hudson Falls, NY, where they tried to pass themselves as husband and wife. They were unsuccessful and a little while. (another missing area of the article, then continues) Dora and Roy, her bright little boy of two years and three months, lived in an old house nearby. Last spring, just before Dora ran away, Mrs. Saunders of Enfield, left her husband under similar circumstances. Dora caught the fever and was bound to go. She went and her trgic end was related in this paper last week. Over her grave at Griffin Tuesday, her mother wept with grief, but was impressed with the beauty of the surrounding country, and content to leave the bodies there. From the cemetary she went to Mack's Mill to thank Mrs. Hastings for her kindness in connection with the burial.
When Quimby came to this palce Friday he was accompanied by J.H. Noonan, attorney, of Enfield; this week A.H. Rock of Melrose, Mass., and Enfiled, NH., was of the party. Upon each occassion the parties were driven up by R.J. Bruce of Enfield.
When Dora ran away she left two boys, one four the other seven. They have since been looked after by Quimby's sister, living near by and spending a portion of her time at his home.
After Fortin disappeared from Lebanon, his wife and child have been said to have been cared for by the municipality, and a warrent was issued for his arrest on a charge of desertion.
William Rock (1875 - 1945)
Josephine Mary Lambert dit LaRocque Duncan (1882 - 1969)
Frank Marshall Quimby (1924 - 2000)*
Gilbert John Rock (1899 - 1994)*
Ida Marie Rock (1902 - 1904)*
Dora Mae Laroque (Rock) Quimby (1902 - 1929)
Virginia LaRocque Diaz (1903 - 1987)*
Edith Rock (1906 - 1912)*
Herbert William LaRocque (1907 - 1982)*
Griffin Hill Cemetery
Created by: Geni
Record added: Aug 20, 2010
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