Montana Newspaper Nuggets: Julia Berube (née Tourville) (1853-1920)

I have written previously about Julie Roture dite Bélisle who married Prosper Tourville on August 25, 1845, at Notre-Dame Church, in Montréal. Many of their children went West—some in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, others in Montana, USA.

For years, I had hoped to find the obituary of their daughter Julia Tourville, born on December 24, 1853, baptized the following day, at Notre-Dame Church, in Montréal. It finally popped up on my screen last fall. We love these obituaries, giving dates, names, and length of stay in one’s hometown, don’t we?

BERUBE —The funeral of Mrs. Julia Berube of Augusta, Mont., will be held at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning at the Augusta Catholic church. The Rev. Father Tongas of Butte, will officiate and interment which is in charge of the W. H. George company will be made in the local cemetery at Augusta. ~ Great Falls Tribune, Monday, March 15, 1920, page 11


WOMAN PIONEER CALLED BEYOND
Mrs. Julia M. Berube Who Died at Augusta Several Days Ago, Lived in State 40 Years

Mrs. Julia M. Berube, who passed away Saturday, March 13, at her home at Augusta, Montana, following a brief illness, was one of the pioneer women of the state.

She was born at Montreal, Canada, December 25, 1854, and made her home there until 1879 when she came to Sun River and there was married on December 30 of the same year to Stephen Berube. Immediately following the wedding ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Berube went to Augusta, settling upon a ranch near there where they made their home for forty years.

Besides her husband who is now 76 years of age, Mrs. Berube is survived by eight children all of whom were present at the funeral services conducted on Tuesday with the exception of Mrs. O. C. Cato of Fort Worth, Tex.

The children present were: Mrs. A. V. Platt of Big Fork, Mrs. J. E. Adams of Kalispell, Miss Augusta M. Berube of Helena, Mrs. Louis M. Matthew of Augusta, Mrs. G. E. Covington of Augusta, Raymond A. Berube of Cut Bank and Arthur L. Berube of Dillon. A brother, Mack Tourville of Whitefish and a very close friend, Mrs. Margaret H. Morton of Helena also attended the funeral. ~ Great Falls Tribune, Thursday, March 18, 1920, page 10

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