Genealogy is a lot of fun when you can tell your mother: “Well… did you know that Adélard Charbonneau was 22 years old when he married Emma Tourville? And that she was… 34?!”
It was a first marriage for both of them. They had six children but three of them died as infants. The three others lived very long lives, including my grandmother.I love this picture! I remember, when I first saw it, my mother told me that my great-grandfather Adélard was a blacksmith. I believe he had his own shop on Plessis Street, in Montréal. But for the occasion he wore his night job’s uniform, park warden at Parc Sohmer.
Parc Sohmer opened in 1889. This amusement park was located on Notre-Dame Street at the intersection of Panet Street and extended to the St. Lawrence River shore on the south (the current site of Molson Brewery). It was also a very popular rendez-vous for music lovers. A pavilion was built later on to present winter events which could accomodate 7000 people. Unfortunately, the pavilion was destroyed by a fire in 1919 thereby causing the definitive closure of the park.
If you want to learn more about Parc Sohmer, you may click here.