Biographie Joseph Boucher

Biographie Joseph Boucher

My greatgrandfather, Joseph Ambroise Boucher, was born on August 10, 1865, at St. Ambroise de Kildare, Joliette County, Quebec. He was the oldest child of Denise and Julius. His godparents were Amable Farly, his maternal grandfather, and Charlotte Roy, his paternal grandmother. Joseph moved to Minnesota at the age of 17, and entered through Port Huron in January 1882. His father followed him in November 1882. Joseph homesteaded land near Crookston and was a bachelor for many years. He wished to marry, and at the age of 32 he took norice of his second cousin, Julia Farly, who lived with her borthers on the Farly family farm. She was 19, so considerably younger than Joseph. When Joseph came courting, Julia wasn't very interested. In fact, when her brothers suggested she marry Joseph, she was adamantly against it. However, she gave the marriage some thought, and when Joseph proposed to her, she said yes. She realized that Joseph would be a good companion and provider, and was quite handsome to boot.

Joseph and Julia had a successful marriage, with Julia giving birth to 12 children. Two of the children died as infants. Joseph delivered the oldest of the babies himself; the family was living on the farm at Eldred, Minnesota, and it was too far to go for the doctor. They eventually moved into Crookston and lived at 323 East Roberts Street for many years. The house was in the Boucher family until fairly recently. The second youngest of Joseph and Julia's children is still living in Crookston.

My grandmother, Valerie Boucher, was the second oldest and she was born in January 1900 on the farm. She married my grandfather, Bill Boerjan, when she was only 18. She had met him while staying with her sister, Vitaline, and immediately fell in love. They made a striking couple, as Valerie was quite petit and very pretty, and Bill was a strapping, handsome man.

Joseph died in 1934 at St. Vincents Hospital in Crookston. He suffered from arteriosclerosis. He left Julia very well off, and she continued to live at the house on E. Roberts Street. Julia was fortunate to have four of her daughters living very close, and when she became infirm, members of her family moved into the house with her and cared for her until her death.


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