Photo Corner: Donat Houle and Lea (Houle) Lessard

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

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4 thoughts on “Photo Corner: Donat Houle and Lea (Houle) Lessard

  1. Gerry asserts that the photo “was probably taken in Woonsocket, RI.” The photo mounting card clearly shows “L. Cartier” (the photographer) “St. Guilluame, Que.” Not sure how he could have missed that.

  2. Gerry … I’m not certain, mind you, but looking at Lea Houle’s hairstyle and dress in the photograph she appears to be younger in age than her brother; and according to their date of birth as listed, she would be 4 or 5 years older.

  3. I agree with another comment, that Lea looks very young in this photo, maybe even about 9 or 10 years old… Your info caught my attention as I have Houle, Martel, Lessard and Pelletier in by family tree.
    At, I found this on Lea Houle Lessard:

    (I am paste-ing the info here incase you don’t have a membership, although maybe it is also at, which is free… notice this Lea Houle was married in St. Guillaume)

    ID: I19608
    Name: M. Lea HOULE
    Sex: F
    Birth: 1895 1
    Death: 1978 in St Ursule 1

    Father: Joseph HOULE
    Mother: Celina BEAUREGARD

    Marriage 1 Joseph Louis Leandre Alcide LESSARD b: 25 FEB 1882 in St Ursule

    Married: 10 MAY 1910 in St Guillaume 2

    Pierre Henri LESSARD
    Living LESSARD
    Living LESSARD
    Paul Emile LESSARD b: 1916
    Gerard LESSARD b: 1917

    Title: Tombstone, St Ursule Cemetery
    Title: Drouin Collection, Men, Part 2, AFGS

  4. hi im looking for any info on Martel Family im still trying to input all my info in my family tree but pls feel free to look.
    Pls contact me with any Martel info u may have ty


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