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Hilaire Fortier
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Birth: Dec. 21, 1866
Chaudiere-Appalaches Region
Quebec, Canada
Death: Jun. 23, 1928
Yakima County
Washington, USA


Hilaire was born December 21, 1866 in Saint Malachie, Quebec. His parents were Cyprien Fortier (1842-1941) and Marie Georgina Goulet (1866-1848), both originally from St-Gervais, a small village 12 miles to the south.

A side note - Hilaire's mother was the great great grand daughter of Francois Joseph Goulet (1711-1760), who was the great great great great grandfather of American singer and actor, Robert Gerald Goulet (1933-2007).

Hilaire grew up on the land of his father and learned farming and the trade of carpentry.

In 1878, when Hilaire was 12, Pierre Bottineau (1817-1895), a guide for the Northern Pacific Railroad, traveled to Quebec to encourage settlement of the newly formed towns of Red Lake Falls and Gentilly, Minnesota. That campaign started an exodus of young pioneer families from many small Quebec communities.

Six years later, 18 year old Hilaire followed that path from county Dorchester and settled in Crookston, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1885. He was an expert carpenter and made his living building houses.

It was there that he met Sara, the daughter of Fabien Regimbal and Salome LaBerge, whose family had migrated to the same town from St-Louis-de-Gonzague in 1882.

On January 13, 1895 Hilaire, age 27, married 'Sarah', age 19. Nine months and 4 days later, they named their first child, Avilla Hilaire (Oct-17-1895). The Fortiers became parents to Georgianna in June of 1897 and by November they were on their way to Moxee by train, headed west in boxcars filled with people and goods, lured by the offer of cheap land in a newly irrigated area of the Yakima Valley.

Hilaire and Sarah had two more children in Moxee City: Amanda Marie (1899-1987), and Rosario Alphonse (1900-1976).

On October 22, 1900 at 12 midnight, Hilaire was naturalized a citizen of the United States.

The couple had five more children in Moxee: Rosalie Marie (1902-1950), Odilon E 'Dill' (1904-1962), Genevieve Marie (1906-1950), Jane Marie (1907-1993), Augustine Antoinette (1909-1973). Helen Julia (1913-1980) was born in Yakima.

Just one month after the birth of Helen in 1913, Hilaire's wife became ill from pneumonia and died. His infant daughter went to live with her grandmother, Salome Regimbal, who raised her while Hilaire worked to feed his other children. At the same time, to help his family, 17 year old son Avilla went to work as a clerk for his grandfather at his grocery store, 'F. Regimbal & Son'.

Hilaire saw his son Avilla go off to war in 1917 and return to marry Muriel Hutchings in 1920. He also witnessed the marriages of Amanda and Rosalie, and the birth of 6 of his grandchildren.

In 1928, at the age of 62, Hilaire lost his battle with stomach cancer. He was buried with wife, Sarah in Calvary Cemetery, Yakima.
Family links: 
  Cyprien Fortier (1842 - 1941)
  Georgina Maria Goulet (1848 - ____)
  Sarah Regimbal Fortier (1875 - 1913)
  Avilla Hilaire Fortier (1895 - 1987)*
  Georgia E Fortier Clausing (1897 - 1966)*
  Amanda Fortier Kile (1899 - 1987)*
  Rosario Alphonse Fortier (1900 - 1976)*
  Rosalie Fortier Lizotte (1902 - 1950)*
  Odillon E Fortier (1904 - 1962)*
  Genevieve C Fortier Lizotte (1906 - 1950)*
  Jane Mary Fortier Collier (1907 - 1993)*
  Helen Julia Fortier (1913 - 1980)*
*Calculated relationship
Calvary Cemetery
Yakima County
Washington, USA
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Record added: Jul 27, 2010
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Hilaire Fortier
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Hilaire Fortier
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