mars 25, 2007

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Acadian Tales from Bygone Days

Acadian Tales from Bygone Days

Paperback, 182 pages. 


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from the book:

Ch. 2 The pig, the war, planes and cabbage soup

Philomène : We’re going through hard times but if we can last another winter without getting too many illnesses and flus, we won’t complain. Janvier killed your pig this morning. You oughtta give him a good piece of meat for his share. Did you save the blood, Thimothé? P’tite Maggie is gonna come help me make blood pudding.

Thimothé : Not only did we save the blood. We saved the head too, so that you could make some headcheese. Headcheese made with the pig’s head, yum, yum!

Philomène : Did you change the batteries in your radio? Tonight, we have to listen to the news after "Séraphin". They’re talking heavy ‘bout the war already started overseas. Last night, when I talked ‘bout it to P’tit Constant, he turned white as a dead man and he fainted. He fell like a rock on the floor.

Thimothé : Can you blame him? I wouldn’t like to be wearing those young people’s pants. I pity them from the bottom of my heart. Now that the war is declared, they don’t have a choice. They’ll be drafted and sent in far away places. We will never see P’tit Constant again.

Philomène : The other day, something went by in the sky, making such a terrible noise that the dishes were rattling in the cupboard. Me and P’tite Maggie we rushed outside to see what it was.

Thimothé : Say no more. When these two airplanes circled on top of Cheticamp, people went hiding. They thought it was some kind of devillish undertakings.

Philomène : P’tite Maggie, whose afraid of nothing, well, let me tell you, she thought they were ghosts. She got in the house, scared to death, tripped on her raggedy old shoes and landed on the floor.

Thimothé : It’s a subject that’s hard to tackle, but P’tit Constant, maybe he could use his poor eyesight as an excuse. He could pretend. By the way Philomène, what are you cooking in the big bakepan?

Philomène : I’m cooking a pot of cabbage soup for tomorrow and don’t you dare eat any for supper. You will get nightmares and you won’t be able to sleep.

Thimothé : Baloney! You’re making things up. When I see doctor Doiron, I’ll ask him if cabbage soup can cause nightmares. But in the meantime, if you don’t want me to have cabbage soup for supper, you’d better put it away from my nose.


The Robichauds in Acadia


The Robichauds in Acadia and The Historical Account of the Family Business U.J. Robichaud & Son, Ltd.

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Selected Excerpt -


Louis Robichaud

The First Generation


First, it is important to place the Robichaud family in a historical context following their arrival in Acadia in the 1600s. Second, I will describe the activities surrounding the small industrial empire founded by the Robichauds in Clare. This included business transactions, forestry, a mill operation, store management and administration, the purchase and sale of real estate, merchandise exhibitions, restaurant and hotel direction, as well as negotiation with different levels of government. Nevertheless, I can’t begin this work without underlining the fact that Louis Robichaud is considered to be the forefather of the Robichaud family, despite the fact that many historians disagree on the details regarding his birth, his family, his marriage, and his arrival in Acadia.

In 1632, the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye gave Nova Scotia to France. The new Governor of Acadia, Isaac de Razilly, resolved, along with his associates Charles d’Aulnay and Nicolas Denys, to bring colonists to populate this new land. From 1632, de Razilly brought many immigrants to New France and, according to Bona Arsenault, these groups were comprised only of men.

Charles d’Aulnay, a colonis t from Poitou, France, succeeded de Razilly as Governor. Most of the families coming to the new colony arrived later, in the company of d’Aulnay. Charles de Menou d’Aulnay was governor from 1636 to 1650.

Before arriving in Acadia, the Robichauds were sharecroppers at the Chateau Bonnetière in Loudun. It was here, at Notre-Dame Church of La Chaussée, that Charles d’Aulnay recruited those who would cross the Atlantic to New France. Besides the Robichauds, these included the Belliveaus, the Bourgs, the Braults, and the Landrys.