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 Amelie Louise <I>Aldige</I> Borde

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Amelie Louise Aldige Borde

  • Birth 25 Aug 1868 New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Death 4 Jul 1898 Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Burial New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 63615910

The daughter of cottonseed extractor Jules Jean Aldige' and his wife, Alice Francois Marie LaPretre. Amelie married Dr. Robert Urquhart Borde in December of 1891.

Amelie and her daughter, Amy, were killed along with Amelie's mother Alice Aldige' in the sinking of the steamship La Bourgogne in the Atlantic Ocean on July 4, 1989. It is to their memory that the Aldige' monument features two women in grief, holding on to one other at the bow of a boat on top of the Aldige tomb. This is one of the more notorious monuments at Metarie Cemetery, photographed often. They were lost at sea and not buried in New Orleans. The La Bourgogne sinking would expose the crew of the ship of horrific behavior, murdering passengers, mainly women, by shoving them with oars from liferafts, cutting lifelines. This horrified people worldwide who demanded justice. The maritime law casually called "women and children first" went into effect as a result of the tragedy.

An excerpt newspaper account from The Salt Lake Herald; July 7, 1898, page 2:
Well-known People From All Parts of the Country.
New Orleans, July 6. - The only New Orleans people known to have been aboard La Bourgogne are Mrs. Jules Aldige, sr., her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Robert Bordie [sic], and the latter's little girl. Mrs. Aldige and her daughter are well-known in New Orleans society.

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"In memory of mother, sister, and niece lost on Steamship La Bourgogne"

Gravesite Details Cenotaph
  • Created by: Scout Finch
  • Added: 2 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63615910
  • Scout Finch
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Amelie Louise Aldige Borde (25 Aug 1868–4 Jul 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63615910, citing Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Scout Finch (contributor 47112463) .