Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kitchissippi's Francophone Godfather: F.X. Sauvé

This week's new Kitchissippi Times issue includes a column I wrote that focuses on the under-appreciated francophone history of Hintonburg-Mechanicsville. It speaks to the how and why both neighbourhoods developed with largely French populations, and tells the story of one man in particular, Francois-Xavier Sauvé. Sauvé was one of the first to invest in the new subdivision of Mechanicsville (his 1872-built house still stands on Carruthers Avenue), and he was a significant contributor to community and church life in Hintonburg. His descendants number in the hundreds today (including yours truly).

Please see the full article at 

Here is F.X. Sauvé around age 90, in the yard behind his family's home at 80 Carruthers. He is with his grandson Alfred Sauve, and his great-grandson (my grandfather) Ted Sauve (at right, in sweater). I'm not sure who the other young boy is in the jacket and tie.

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