Almanzo Wilder, Mr. Wilder, and the County Fair

Malone, New York, had already been incorporated for 55 years when Almanzo Wilder was born in 1857. Today Malone has almost 6,000 residents. Ray and I spent the night there the night before we visited Almanzo’s childhood home. On our way to the homestead, we passed the county fairgrounds in Malone, which is in Franklin […]

At Home in the 1700s

While in Trois-Rivières, we visited the home of Pierre Boucher‘s grandson Joseph-Claude Boucher de Niverville, who married Marie-Josephte Chastelain in 1757 when he was 42 and she was 20. Marie-Josephte had inherited this home from her family. Joseph Boucher de Niverville was a military man. Like his grandfather, he defended the city of Trois-Rivières. Joseph’s military career lasted for many years. He […]

At the Right Place at the Right Time to Do the Right Thing

As we continued “On the Traces of Pierre Boucher,” we visited the city of Trois-Rivières, also along the St. Lawrence River. The stop at Trois-Rivières was the main reason I wanted to go on the four-day bus tour after the Boucherville 350 festival; it was in Trois-Rivières that Pierre Boucher became a leader in New France. It was […]

Making Up

The longest undefended national border in the world is the one between the United States and Canada. Never in my lifetime has there been any major conflict along this border, but that has not always been true. Canadians and Americans fought against one another during the American Revolution and again during the War of 1812. […]

Dressed in White

On Friday evening we gathered for a white ball in Boucherville. I never did figure out any other significance of everyone wearing white other than it being very special. This is what the invitation said (with punctuation and capitalization copied exactly): “All the population is invited to a great celebration, to which the participants are invited, DRESSED IN WHITE.” […]