The following letter is to Georgette Jesus Daigneault Hecart from her grandfather in Reims, France. It was used by Georgette to explain why she wanted to go to France and was included with her passport application. The reason was both to visit with and help her grandfather who was sick and in dire financial straits not long after WWI. His home in Reims, France was badly damaged in WWI and he is living in Vitry Le Francois, France approximately 60 or so miles south and west of Reims as a refugee.
The letter is in somewhat broken English. We believe this explains why he calls her daughter in the letter instead of granddaughter when her passport application says she is going to France to visit her grandfather.
"My good daughter
I am quite late in answering you but I thank you for the 69 francs check you have sent me.
It is twice larger than the one from my son George. I see the (that) you all think of me.
My position at present is very critic (critical).
Since the month of January I don't receive no more from the city and the (they) don't give nothing to the refugees.
It is terrible I don't know what to do I am at present at Vitry Le Francois.
I would like to go back to Reims but my house is all in ruins Albert wrote and told me about it.
I don't know what to do I am in a (an) old dwelling and I have to pay 12 francs a month no fuel only a bed to sleep on and just at present I am very sick."
Physical description of Georgette from her April 8, 1920 passport application. Age 28, Height 5'4", Forehead-high, Eyes-Blue, Nose-Long, Hair-Light, Face-Oval, Distinguishing marks-Scar on right hand.
Georgette Amelia Jesus and Louis Emile Daigneault were married June 12, 1912. Before their divorce about 1920, Georgette and Louis had one surviving child, George Joseph Daigneault Born May 14, 1913.
Georgette later remarried Henry Hecart on July 16, 1921. A 1930 census shows that her son George Daigneault as a stepson to Henry Hecart and living with them in Methuen, MA.
Oddly George Daigneault is also listed as living with Louis Emile Daigneault and his new wife Alice F. Locke at 10 Beacon St Lawrence, MA. It sounds like George must have spent time at both residents as evidenced by the 1930 Methuen and Lawrence censuses.
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