Bertrand House

1537, A. Bertrand Avenue

The house

We're standing in front of 1537 A. Bertrand Avenue. The Bertrand family are among the pioneers of Howard Township. François-Xavier Bertrand alias Pierre Cayen dit Bertrand and his wife Sophie Constantineau settled in Saint-Adolphe in 1888.

Photo : The A.-Bertrand House, 2023. 

Source : Société d’histoire de Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, Tom Silletta, photographer.

The Bertrands, owners of the aqueduct

In 1906, Victor Bergeron obtained from the town council the right to build and operate a water main to supply the village with water. This resolution was granted for a period of 25 years. Water was supplied from Lac-Bois-Franc via cedar pipes. 

Bergeron was appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Quebec as Commissioner of Schools for Saint-Adolphe-d'Howard, and was elected Mayor of the municipality between 1910 and 1913. He also worked as a machinist for the City of Montreal, which gave him good construction skills.

Photo : Victor Bergeron oversees construction of the aqueduct. 

Source : Le présent du Passé, Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard 1883-1983.

Albert Bertrand, mayor of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard

Eugénie, daughter of Victor Bergeron, marries Albert Bertrand. The latter was the son of Arpalice Bertrand and Euphrosine Raymond. On Victor Bergeron's death in 1930, the Bertrand family obtained the property rights for the water main.

Photo : Arpalice Bertrand and Euphrosine Raymond, parents of Albert Bertrand.

Source : Bertrand family

The A.Bertrand House changes its function

The municipality bought the Bertrand house in 1986, and the public road in front of it was renamed Avenue A.-Bertrand. The site, which once housed a restaurant, has since been returned to private use.

Photo : Annonce Albert Bertrand Transport général. 

Source : Advertisement published in the newspaper Le Devoir, Montreal, May 22, 1948.

Extract of
Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard Heritage Circuit

Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard Heritage Circuit image circuit

Presented by : Municipalité de Saint-Adolphe-d'Howard
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