Édouard-Bellefleur House

1950, chemin du Village


The house

Édouard Bellefleur Sr. and his wife Mathilda Paquette were married in 1862. On May 18, 1891, when the family welcomed their twelfth child, the government donated a beautiful piece of land bordering Lake Saint-Joseph.                                                              

At the beginning of the 20th century, a sawmill was located on the land adjacent to the Bellefleur house at 1950 chemin du Village.

Photo : The Édouard-Bellefleur House, 2023.

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


The Bellefleur Mill

Photo : View of the mill, on the left, in the village of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, 1900.

Source : Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.


Workers of the mill

The 1913 register of sawmills in the province of Quebec notes that Aldéric Bellefleur, son of Édouard, operates one of two sawmills in Saint-Adolphe. The other is owned by J.-H. Armstong, near Lac Sainte-Marie.                                            

A shrewd businessman, the municipality entrusts him with auditing the books kept by secretary-treasurer Adélard Gratton. Aldéric Bellefleur died in 1924 at the age of 94. The mill remained in operation until at least the mid-1930s.

Photo : Workers in front of the Bellefleur mill, date unknown.

Source : Société d’histoire de Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard.        


The Edouard Bellefleur grocey store

Photo : Edouard Bellefleur Jr., in front of his grocery store, date unknown.

Source : Société d’histoire de Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard.

Édouard Bellefleur, councillor

Édouard Bellefleur Jr. had this house built on the site of the old mill. He ran a grocery store on the first floor and the family lived upstairs. The site was divided up and sold in lots to different owners. Initially a town councillor, he was elected mayor in 1951.

Source : Le Devoir newspaper, May 22, 1948. 

Extract of
Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard Heritage Circuit

Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard Heritage Circuit image circuit

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