So Pierre worked a little magic and got us a bunch of documents to retrace the house’s history!
First, a map of the town circa 1876 shared by Pierre from his friend, Richard Lauzon.
We believe the land was bought in 1879 by Pierre Renaud, Octave’s Father, from this man’s father Charles Edouard Daunais.
That same year, Octave Renaud married Marie-Anne Limoges and builds his house on his father’s land.
In 1908 Pierre Renaud dies, Octave inherits the family farm which sits on the outskirts of the village. Yet, he remains in the village at 205, 2e avenue (dying to find a picture of the house from that period)!
Also, Lise tells us that “La maison ci-bas est la maison des Renaud au Trait-Carré qu’Octave a acheté de son père en 1879 lors de son mariage. 1 an plus tard, Pierre venait habiter sa nouvelle maison au 201,2e ave . Octave laissa la terre du Trait-Carré à son fils Félix vers 1910 et c’est à ce moment qu’Octave achète une maison voisine de son père Pierre sur la 2e ave”
Thus, Octave might have BOUGHT the house in 1910, which goes with the town’s proposition that it was built in 1864. Also, I have to say that the over all architecture of our house is very consistent with the Neo-Classical Québécois style which was between 1800-1890s. I very much doubt that it was built after 1900, otherwise it would have had a very different style (especially the roof).
Félix Renaud, Octave’s son, marries Lucia Allary in 1906. See Pierre’s post about the wedding.
That year the Spanish flu will make several victims in the village. One of them is Octave’s daughter, Marie-Anne Renaud who dies of the Spanish flu in 1919. Perhaps this is why she is not buried in the family tomb? This post from Pierre explains why it was common to bury Spanish Flu victims in a common tomb in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines (and also pretty much everywhere else).
Hélène becomes a nun and leaves the house. Her brother, Joseph-Émile Renaud, marries Alma Gascon. Marie-Ange is said to be living alone with her father in 1921, although we know he died in 1920. Are there any other children that I might have forgotten about?
Also, where is Marie-Anne in all of this? She only died in 1939… Why did the census man wrote that Octave was widowed and living with his daughter in 1921? Pierre, I think the census man must have got it all wrong!
Marie-Ange Renaud retains the house until 1954 when she sells it. Lise tells me she was a seamstress. She resembled her mother and was always well dressed! Perhaps we will find a picture of her at some point?
So Pierre, Lise, am I missing anything?