Category Archives: Franco-American News and Culture

La grande guerre et la grande grippe: War and Influenza

Armistice Day 1918

The Great War and the great flu of 1918. It was supposed to be the “war to end all wars”. “The Great War, as it was initially known, was indeed global, involving 20 countries on five continents. Yet today, among most Americans, the war is only vaguely recalled…obscured by a war that preceded it and […]

Above the Fold – an essay about Sister Myriam

Bells of Peace

A  startling  World  War  history  lesson  leaped  out  of  a  1940, Lewiston Maine newspaper,  yellowing  with  age,  in  an  above  the  fold headline:  “Une  Jeune  Relig’euse  de  Lewiston  tuée  France”. This essay is my tribute to the life of Sister Myriam*. World nations are recognizing the centennial anniversary commemorating the signing of the Armistice ending […]

Franco-American veteran visits Senator John McCain grave at the Naval Academy

ANNAPOLIS, Md – My husband and I had the honor of visiting the grave of Senator John McCain at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery, located on the campus, along Maryland’s Severn River, in Annapolis. It was 51 years ago when my husband Richard L’Heureux  of Sanford, Maine, was assigned to the Seabee Batallion MCB […]

History of Lewiston’s Bonneau Markets on display

Doris Bonneau

French-Canadian immigrants arrived in Lewiston and Androscoggin County communities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, to provide labor for the growing industrial mills in the area. Along with their excellent work ethic and often tireless mill labor, they also brought entrepreneurs like Victor and Lucien Bonneau.  When the brothers came to Lewiston as […]

Le Grand Derangement described in Madawaska Centennial Journal

Acadian Cross at Grand Pre Nova Scotia

Separation of families was the cruel strategy enforced during “Le Grand Derangement”.  It was the terrible period in 1755, in Nova Scotia, when the cruel British upheaval separated families and dispersed them in ships to many foreign ports. Some refugees were able to reassemble or escape the deportation.  A group of the refugees found their […]

Gold Star Mother Emma Martin Morin of Biddeford

Gold Star Memorial in Lewiston

American Gold Star families are immediate relatives of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been killed in combat or in support of certain military activities. Emma Martin Morin was a Gold Star mother as the result of her son Napoleon’s death at the 1918, Battle of Chateau Thierry, during World War I, in France.  […]

Michael Klahr – French Holocaust history in Maine

Holocaust children's plaque in Paris

I learned about Maine’s historical connection to the tragedy of the Holocaust while visiting the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta and speaking with the Executive Director Shenna Bellows. Between 1941 and 1945, around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, or about 6 million people, were systemically murdered during the Holocaust. During the […]

Franco-Americans and baseball

President George Bush played baseball for Yale University

This article written by me and published in the Goose River Press anthology, 2005 edition. Subsequently, the George Bush library in Texas accepted the report, in their presidential trivia archives, because the source documentation was available and published in York County newspapers. I’ve shortened the original version for this blog. As baseball season is entering the […]