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Gagnon Photographe abt 1902

Gagnon Photographe abt 1902

This photo was taken around 1902.
The house is located on 1st Avenue in Saint Georges de Beauce, Quebec, Canada.

I've learned that in 1898, Joseph Adelard Gagnon (1858-1937), had construction begun on this tall three storey wood-framed house on 1st Ave est. When completed two years later in 1900, he and his wife Marie Jessie Bilodeau (1861 -1933?), moved in.

They had as many as eight children. Some of the people in this photo could be them:
Arthur Marie Joseph Jean - born June 12, 1888 died 1916;
Éléonore Marie Lydia - born April 4, 1890, died January 21, 1891 at the age of 9 months, buried January 24, 1891;
Florian Joseph Ernest - born October 26, 1891, died July 16, 1892 at the age of 8 months, buried July 17, 1892;
Antoinette Marie Zoé – born Mar 1893, died on May 15, 1940 in Ste-Foy Québec;
Victorien Joseph Alfred – born February 24, 1895, died January 1970.
Caroline Marie-Jeanne – born September 26, 1896, died October 4, 1901 at the age of 5 years, buried October 6, 1901;
Luizella (Louisette) Marie Eugénie Luizella – born and baptized October 8, 1898; died in July 1957;
Cécile {Cecilia} Gagnon – born Feb 08, 1900 died Sept 5, 1982.

One of two the kids sitting on the top front steps of the house in this photo is Cecile Gagnon, when she was two years old. Sitting next to her is her sister Louisette Gagnon. We don't know which is which.

These following persons could also be there:
Joseph Adelard Gagnon, born March 1858, died 1937;
Marie Jessie Bilodeau - born Nov 1861, died 1931;
Marie Loutier (who was a boarder in this house), born May 1863, died 19??.

Joseph Adelard Gagnon (1858-1937) was a photographer who, at the turn of the century, took many of the old photographs of events and happenings in Saint Georges de Beauce's history and the surrounding Beauce County side.

The new tall house had a room especially built for taking photographs. You can see the room located at the third floor's right front corner of the house. The room stuck out forward from the rest of the third floor, and it had the highest ceiling and roof on that floor. It also had the largest window in the entire house to allow as much light through as possible, to be used for indoor photography.

Located at the front left corner of the house was an indoor spiral staircase leading from the first floor porch to the second floor porch and then to the third floor which was without a front porch (you remained indoors when you reached that floor). As you can see, the indoor staircase was illuminated by checker-board colored windows with one set of windows at each floor level.

Many people climbed the staircase to the third floor to have their photograph taken in the large room. In fact, many old photos of important historical people you see in books about the history of Saint Georges and the surrounding Beauce County side were taken in this house.

You should also notice two barber polls on the front porch. There was also a barber shop inside and the house also once served as a grocery store.

At the rear of this house was a two storey wing attached to this house. It was a two level summer cottage. You can see the rear of it a little.

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