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Br Claudius (Francois) LaGarde

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Br Claudius (Francois) LaGarde

Birth
Rhône-Alpes, France
Death
17 Jun 1853 (aged 30)
Camanche, Clinton County, Iowa, USA
Burial
Burial Details Unknown. Specifically: Buried in a small unknown town on the banks of the Mississippi River. Add to Map
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Brother Claudius LaGarde, age 30, drowned in the Mississippi River about a quarter of a mile below Camanche, Iowa, on the way to Dubuque, Iowa, and was buried on its banks in a small, unknown town.

With a group of six other missionary Brothers of the Sacred Heart, Br. Claudius sailed from LeHavre, France, in 1853. Thirty-six days later they reached New York. From there they sailed up the Hudson to Albany, then went by stagecoach to Buffalo, then across the lake to Toledo, and on to Chicago. From there they went overland to St. Louis and by river steamer to Dubuque on their way to New Paradise Grove nearby.

On the last leg of the journey up the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Dubuque, Claudius fell overboard from the G.W. Sparhawk while trying to fetch water. His body washed ashore a few days later and was buried by the mayor of the town who turned over to Brother David Boussuge, director at Dubuque, the money Claudius was carrying to help pay for the farm.

He was the first Brother of the Sacred Heart to die in America. Unfortunately, we do not know where he is buried.

He was the son of Claude Lagarde and Catherine Masson of Saint-Cyr-le-Châtoux, Deparment of Rhone, France
Brother Claudius LaGarde, age 30, drowned in the Mississippi River about a quarter of a mile below Camanche, Iowa, on the way to Dubuque, Iowa, and was buried on its banks in a small, unknown town.

With a group of six other missionary Brothers of the Sacred Heart, Br. Claudius sailed from LeHavre, France, in 1853. Thirty-six days later they reached New York. From there they sailed up the Hudson to Albany, then went by stagecoach to Buffalo, then across the lake to Toledo, and on to Chicago. From there they went overland to St. Louis and by river steamer to Dubuque on their way to New Paradise Grove nearby.

On the last leg of the journey up the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Dubuque, Claudius fell overboard from the G.W. Sparhawk while trying to fetch water. His body washed ashore a few days later and was buried by the mayor of the town who turned over to Brother David Boussuge, director at Dubuque, the money Claudius was carrying to help pay for the farm.

He was the first Brother of the Sacred Heart to die in America. Unfortunately, we do not know where he is buried.

He was the son of Claude Lagarde and Catherine Masson of Saint-Cyr-le-Châtoux, Deparment of Rhone, France

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