The rue Robichaud

Farmers driving down Robichaud Street around 1930

A view of the village from the church belfry.  We can see the farmer’s wagons loaded with milk cans driving down Robichaud Street around 1930.

From 1913 to 1940, the Rue de la Beurrerie was bustling with activity. Cacouna’s farmers frequented “Creamery Street,” their horse-drawn carts laden with milk cans. At the creamery, buttermaker Louis Lévesque weighed the milk and cream and determined the fat content. A steam engine powered the creamery’s big churn, producing substantial amounts of butter, especially in July and August. Fifty-pound boxes of butter were stored in the ice house and distributed to shopkeepers in Cacouna and the surrounding area.

Photo source:
Photo : Aimé Rivard, Normand Rivard Collection


Louis Bossé family House and Store around 1930

House and store of the Louis Bossé family around 1940.

Near Lévesque’s creamery, on the corner of Robichaud and Mgr Landry streets, Jos Moreault had a store selling food staples and hardware. Louis Bossé and his wife Alice Dionne bought the store in 1930. For the next ten years, farmers, clients of the creamery and families from the neighbourhood shopped there, piling milk cans, jugs of vinegar and molasses, bags of flour and sugar, boxes of nails, screws and putty, pots and pans and garden tools into their cars.

Bossé was also a horsetrader, buying horses in western Canada and shipping them through Montreal where they were loaded onto trains. He sometimes received two train cars full of horses at the Cacouna train station. Bossé would herd them down Rue de l’Église, through the village and onto a pasture south of his stable behind the Lévesque creamery.

Photo source :
Ghislaine Bossé Collection


Alexander Young Jackson painted Cacouna in 1921

A.Y. Jackson with the Group of Seven at the « Arts and Letters Club » of Toronto in 1920.

Alexander Young Jackson, Montréal, 1882-1974. In 1919, Jackson and six painter colleagues formed the Group of Seven.  In the spring of 1921, Jackson stayed at Cacouna House, property of Samuel Lebel, where his friend, painter Albert Henry Robinson, joined him.  While he was there, Jackson realized, among others, a painting he named A Quebec Village illustrating a view of the church area from the Robichaud street.
«At first, in my painting, I was interested in the old farm houses, in the barns and the trees.  Later it was snow that captured my attention; the sun and the wind continually changed its colour and texture. Towards spring there was slush and pools of water and finally the furrowed fields appeared through the slush.»

Photo source:
To see A.Y. Jackson’s painting : A Quebec Village, 1921, click on the link:
http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/collections/artwork.php?mkey=11759


Albert H. Robinson painted Cacouna in 1921

Albert H. Robinson painted Cacouna in 1921

A.H. Robinson painted «Returning from Easter Mass» in 1921.

Easter was on Marsh 27th that year and the snow had not yet melted. In his memoirs, Robinson’s friend, painter A.Y. Jackson, recalls their visit in Cacouna.
«The village was a very picturesque place, piled up with snow, with a fine old parish church, and, across the river, the bold line of hills on the north shore around Tadoussac. It was here that Robinson made the sketch for his painting Return from Easter Mass.  The villagers could not understand why we painted old houses and barns and were surprised that we were not interested in the Château Allan, a large summer house that belonged to the Allans of Montreal.  This was the first time I painted in the French part of Quebec; I was to continue going back there for many years.»
(From : «A Painter's Country; The Autobiography of A.Y. Jackson», Memorial Edition, Clarke, Irwin & Co Ltd, Canada, 1976)

Photo source:
To see A. H. Robinson’s painting Returning from Easter Mass, 1921, click on the link:
http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/collections/artwork.php?mkey=2217




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