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Nettie Ove with Mary (Conlin) Sullivan and Agnes (Conlin) Gregoire (about 1922-23) This picture of Aunt Nettie with Mary and Nana (Agnes) was taken while the family was living in Poplar, Montana. My favorite part is the mischievous expression on Nana’s face in the corner of the frame....

Gregoire Deblois: Our First Gregoire in the New World

View of Chateau-Richer and the Île d’ Orléans, Québec (1787) by Thomas Davies french roots Gregoire Deblois was born in the small village of Champagne-Mouton, France to Francois Deblois and Marguerite Papelong. The year of his birth, 1632, brought welcome peace after decades of tension between the Huguenots (French Protestants) and Catholic King Louis XIII, which culminated in the Siege of La Rochelle, a nearby shipping port. french Dit Names As the progenitor of our Gregoire family in North America,...

Eliza (Sherlock) Duffy: A Young Mothers Determination

“In Heaven a noble work was done when God gave man a Mother”. -old Irish proverb Stories of the valor of frontier men during America’s colonization are fairly common. However, the achievements of frontier women are seldom heard. As a businesswoman and mother, Eliza Duffy’s accomplishments, during a time when a woman’s identity was derived entirely through their spouse, were extraordinary. coming to America Elizabeth “Eliza” Sherlock, was born April 27, 1821, to Thomas and Hannorah (White) Sherlock of Kings...

Agnes (Conlin) Gregoire: The Storyteller

Photo of Agnes Gregoire “Nana” with me as a child “Did I ever tell you the story about…” At some point in every conversation with my grandmother, Agnes Gregoire, she would pose this rhetorical question. I have many happy memories of sitting on a barstool in “Nana’s” kitchen and listening to tales about her childhood in Montana. Her stories never bored me, but one day out of curiosity I answered her question by saying that I had indeed heard the...

Merry Christmas from the Conlins!

the clem conlin family Clement “Clem” Conlin was the oldest son of George Conlin’s brother, Edward. (Clem was Nana’s cousin). Clem managed the Conlin’s chain of furniture stores with George and Ida (Ove Conlin).  He was also the best man in Marvin and Agnes (Conlin) Gregoire’s wedding. The wedding photo (below) of Father McHale with Clem is one of my favorites! Clem married Patricia Scofield in 1945, after being wounded in action during WWII. The couple settled down in Clem’s...

Mary (Haselhaugen/Larson) Ove: A Compendium of Cookery

Food and family heritage One of the most precious objects I inherited from my mom’s side of the family is a well-worn recipe book from 1890, “The Compendium of Cookery and Reliable Recipes” which originally belonged to my second great-grandmother, Mary (Haselhaugen/Larson) Ove. Anyone who has visited my house knows how much I love to cook for family and friends, so this cookbook is truly a treasure to me. Mary was the daughter of Lars, “The Husmann”, who I recently wrote...

Lars Gulbrandson Haselhaugen: The Husmann

“Come let’s go to America”. The way she said it sounded like America was just behind the barn. With two of his daughters married and already living in America it split up his family. Your children should all live around you so you wouldn’t be alone in your old age but the way it looks now, he was sadly thinking, they would all leave some day. To be with them, would he have to leave Norway where his roots were...

Agnes (Conlin) Gregoire: Styleshow

As modern American style becomes increasingly casual, it is fun to reflect on the style of generations before us. Agnes Gregoire was always impeccably dressed, whether she was out on a lunch date or headed to a Hospital Auxilary meeting. This slide-show is a little peek into her unique fashion. (And how about that stylish pink and white outfit that Bumps (Marvin) is sporting?) I hope you enjoy this blast from the past…...

Filles du Roi (Daughters of the King): Our French Canadian Matriarchs

“Rester, c’est exister; mais voyager, cest vivre.” “To stay is to exist; to travel is to live.” -Gustave Nadaud Between 1663 and 1673, some 770 young women arrived in the colony of New France with a mandate to marry and populate the land for France. These women, who came to be called the Filles du Roi (Daughters of the King), originated primarily from respectable poor families or orphanages. When offered the chance at a better life, they embraced the opportunity and became the mothers...

Bump’s Thanksgiving Dressing

One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories is Grandpa Gregoire’s (Bumps) famous Thanksgiving dressing. (He would correct you if you called is stuffing…it is only stuffing if it goes in the turkey.) Mom helped me write the recipe down to share with everyone: Bumpa’s Turkey Dressing Ingredients Turkey Gizzards processed through a meat grinder crouton bread, through the meat grinder after the gizzards 1 onion, grated boiled potatoes, riced celery salt turkey stock salt and pepper Make a day ahead. Saute...