Biographie Louis Ethier

Biographie Louis Ethier

The Notre Dame Scholastic Magazine Obituary, Nov 16, 1912:

“With sadness we chronicle the death of Louis Hickey who passed away at his home in South Bend last Saturday, and was laid to rest in Cedar Grove cemetery Tuesday morning. Mr. Hickey was probably the last of the old pioneers who founded South Bend. He was an intimate friend of Father Sorin, and his life was closely connected with the University. He cut the first road from Notre Dame to South Bend, and spent forty active years in building Sacred Heart church and other University buildings. He helped place the big bell in its present place in the tower of the church, and his name is inscribed on it. On account of Mr. Hickey’s close friendship with the founder of the order, and out of respect for a life well spent, the huge bell was tolled Tuesday morning. The deceased was held high in esteem of his fellow citizens, because of his important part in the building of the city. He is survived by a wife and a large family of children and grandchildren.”

South Bend Tribune, Front page, middle center, 9 Nov. 1912:

Louis Hickey Dead at Age of 84 Years 

Friend of Pierre Navarre, Pioneer Settler 

Well Known Man Had Been Resident of South Bend for Over Half a Century

Louis Hickey, aged 84 years, of 505 East Corby street, died last evening following an illness of one month. He is survived by his wife Mary; three children, Mrs. Charles Adelsberger, Mrs. Edward Davies and Elmer Davies [sic - Elmer Hickey], all of this city; two brothers, Eli, of this city, and Joseph of Holyoke, Mass; one sister Mrs. Adeline Martell of Willamsett, Mass. The deceased was born in Canada and had resided in this city for the past 64 years. The first seven months of his residence here Mr. Hickey lived with Pierre Navarre in the historical log cabin now located in Leeper Park. He was a member of the South Bend Fire Company No. 2 from 1869-76.


The funeral will be held from St. Joseph church Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock, Rev. Alexander Vorloky  officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove cemetery.

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