Here is a picture of my grandfather, Donat Houle and his sister Lea taken around the turn of the century.Â I don’t know the exact date and location of the photo, but it was probably taken in Woonsocket, RI.Â Here is the information I do have on them:
Â Born:Â Dec. 15, 1879 in St. Guillaume, Quebec, Canada
Â Married:Â Marie Rose Delima Pelletier on June 20, 1904 in Woonsocket, RI
Â Died:Â Sept 1, 1908 in Woonsocket, RI of Bright’s Disease
Lea (Houle) Lessard
Â Born:Â 1874Â in Quebec, Canada
Â Died:Â 1959
Their parents were Joseph Houle and Marie Celina Martel, who were married in Warwick, Arthabaska, Quebec, Canada.Â Donat had 6 brothers as well;Â Arthur, Willie, Alzear, Henry, Adelard and Domina.
Since my grandfather died in 1908 when my father was only 4 months old, we lost track of his relatives.Â My grandmother moved back to Canada to re-marry at some point and left my father in the care of her sisters.Â
My father is now 98 and I am getting as much information from him as I can.Â His memory is good, but I will eventually have to do some research on my own.
Â Click on the photograph to enlarge it.