Just passing through…

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…



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8 responses to “Just passing through…

  1. Donna Chevalier

    Joseph Goulet-Julia Gauthier: They farmed near Glencoe, MN, then later, in 1891, moved to Hancock where he was in real estate & farming. Their first child was Francis “Frank” Goulet, (1864-1938). Could he have been in Clontarf in 1885, at age 21, just before he married Margaret Lawrence in 1890, living in McLeod Co., then in 1895 census was from Moore Twsp, Stevens Co. They were parents of: Stella (m. Leonidas Houde in Hancock, bur Benson). Joseph Goulet’s 2nd child: Louis Goulet-Georgianna Provo, the parents of Ervila (Mrs. Louis Chevalier) & Vert (Leona Ascheman). Another son, George Goulet-Delma “Delia” Daniel) were parents of Ernest Goulet (Marie Boutain). Another son, Oliver Goulet-Sylvia Chevalier, were of Clontarf.

  2. Donna Chevalier

    Francois Xavier “Frank” Goulet, b. 1852 in Can., married in 1880 in Clontarf, to Armena Daniel. They had 14 children. He came with his father when age 13. One of their children that lived near Clontarf was Edith Helen Goulet, b. 1889 in Hoff Township, Pope Co., MN. She married Thomas Jule Bouta in 1908 in Clontarf. They belonged to the St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf. This is probably the “Frank” Goulet that had shopped in the McDermott store in 1885?

    • The second Frank Goulet seems more likely to have been the McDermott store shopper. Was there a village/town in Hoff township? Would residents from that township have come to Clontarf to go to church? I don’t know much about that area.

      Thank you so much for your comments!


      • Donna Chevalier

        There was no village/town in Hoff township ( Pope County). The residents there came to the Catholic Church in Clontarf. There is also a stained glass window in the church donated from “The ladies of Pope County”. There was also a Catholic Church (St. Barnabas) in Hancock, origin about 1905. In 1921 a new church building was built. In 1941 the property was sold and the church was torn down. They probably had either shopped in Hancock, Clontarf, or Benson.

      • Thanks for clearing that up for me, Donna. The next time I am in Clontarf, I need to take a closer look at the windows. I wondered if there was ever a Catholic Church in Hancock, and I always forgot to ask someone. Thanks for the great information!


  3. Bobbie Boutain

    Ernie Goulet was my Great Grandma (DELMA DANIELS) SON, Delma married George Goulet John Daniels was Delma’s brother, Tom Bouta’s Grandma was Delma and John Daniels sister so Tom Bouta was Ernie’s first cousin Ernie Goulet’s Mother was from Hancock….

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