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Sons of Quebec 1778-1843

The Sons of Quebec (Fils de Qu├ębec) were written by Pierre-Georges Roy and published in 1933 in a four volume set. They provide a series of short biographies of one to three pages of Quebec men from 1778-1843. Warning… this manuscript is in French!

Biography of William Joseph Fortier

William Joseph Fortier, of Franklin village, a retired hat manufacturer, was born December 8, 1824, in Gentilly, Quebec County, Canada. His father, Dr. Thomas Fortier, who was a very prominent physician of Quebec, and later of Gentilly, was a member of Parliament for fourteen years. Dr. Thomas was twice married, first to Eliza Hannah, November 15, 1819, when he was twenty-four years of age. By this union there were seven children, born as follows: Thomas E., September 27, 1820; Mary Ann Emily, May 29, 1823; William Joseph, the subject of this sketch; Edward F., September 30, 1825; Mary L., January 4, 1827; Francis, January 7, 1828; and George Edward, March 7, 1831. Mary L. Francis was drowned in 1840. The Doctor’s second marriage was made with Leocadie Gronden, of Gentilly, who bore him five children-Adeline, Georgiana, Sarah, Artanse, and Thomas. Having taken an active part in the troubles of 1837, Dr. Fortier was reduced to poverty. He remained in Gentilly for the remainder of his life, and died there at the age of eighty-four years. William Joseph Fortier, in common with his brothers and sisters, was educated in the select schools of Canada. At the age of fourteen, his father having lost his property, he started out in life for himself. He walked to Irasburg, Vt.; and there he lived with Dr. George Pierce, employed by the latter, but also attending school for a time. He then served an apprenticeship of three years with Deacon Seth Cole, a hatter of Coventry Falls, Vt., and continued in Deacon Cole’s employment as a journeyman for three years longer. About 1842 he...

Fortier, F. A. – Obituary

Standard Oil Man Dies Unexpectedly Death of Fortier Shock To Friends The death of F.A. Fortier at the Hot Lake hospital at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon was a surprise and shock to his friends and acquaintances here, many of them not knowing that he had been compelled to return to a hospital. While planning a Christmas visit at Boardman, where Mrs. Fortier’s parents reside, he was taken ill, and had to postpone the trip, about the first of the year, he had recovered sufficiently and they went to Boardman. While there he was taken acutely ill and confined for a time in a hospital at Hermiston. Upon returning, some weeks ago, he resumed his work at manager of the Standard Oil company’s wholesale distributing plant at North Powder. He had a relapse and was taken to Hot Lake last Friday. Mr. Fortier had resided here for several months last year, coming here from Union where he had charge of the oil station there for the same company. The funeral took place at La Grande yesterday at 10 a.m. Tommy Shaw, who substituted as manager here previously, is now in charge of the local plant. North Powder News Friday, February 19,...

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