At least one Frenchman other than Father Oster went to McDermott’s store…yesterday in 1885 (August 10th), Frank Goulet bought some tobacco and matches from Mr. McDermott.
I am sure I am just missing pages with other French shoppers since we were looking for Irish residents in our research and didn’t copy every page of the ledgers, however, Mr. Goulet is one of the first Frenchman I found. My hunch is that the French-speaking residents of Clontarf may have done their regular business at another store. Anyone have an idea where that might have been?
I wanted to include the Goulet family history here, but I couldn’t locate anything this far back, nor could I find a Frank Goulet. Can anyone out there claim Frank Goulet as an ancestor? I bet Anne can help us out with this one! From what I can gather, the first Goulet to live in Clontarf was Ernest George (married Marie Boutain at St. Malachy’s in 1931), and he came from Hancock.
Later this week, maybe I will tackle the Boutain family…