Photo 65-OAR-4

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Gedeon Corriveau's Farm. Gristmill, Sawmill, Wool Carding mill used to be housed in larger building with the smokestack.

Frenchville's first outdoor skating rink was built to the left of the storage shed on the left of the photo----the Corrivieau's were very generous and supportive of the youth---merci

I remember the house and the mill well. Gedeon Corriveau was a great friend of my dad's and I was a friend of George, his son. I remember working with "Mr. Gedeon" when he helped my dad, Hercules, wire the addition to the Dr Levesque School and Wisdom High in St Agathe. The Corriveau family and the mill were mentioned in the September 1980 issue of National Geographic. At one time, it had the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating grist mill in the United States. I remember my Uncle Romeo Rossignol taking wool to be carded in the 50s and which my Aunt Ann Marie then dyed, spun and knitted knitted into mittens. I remember watching buckwheat grain being ground into flour, I think in the late 60s, when this picture was taken. Before cheap electricity, the mill was run by a boiler (the long smokestack) that was fired with discarded buckwheat husks. All the carding machines were run from set of shafts and belts that ran overhead, the length of the building.

I remember going there with my Mom and Dad (Onezime and Laura (Bourgoin Hebert back in the 1950's. My Mom said she worked in the carding mill when she was 18 years old.
I think Alexandre Marquis lived across the street from there.

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