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Rivard, John T. / Triple centennial jubilee souvenir book : Somerset
(c1956)

A century of faith,   pp. [39]-108


Page 94

Louis H. Rivard Family
Mr. and Mrs. Theophile 0. Rivard
Theophile Onesime, son of Benjamin and Adelaide Lupien Rivard,
was born in St. Leon, P. Q., on April 13, 1835. He came to
Menomonie, Wis., in 1855. He was a millwright for Knapp, Stout
& Co. He married Marie Anne Lemire, daughter of Francois, at
Menomonie on July 28, 1861. He bought a farm one mile east
of Somerset and moved there in 1863. He contracted for constuction
work throughout the territory. Many houses, barns, and churches
were built by him. He helped build the first church in the village.
He died at Somerset May 12, 1913. His wife died on June 25,
1924. Theophile was choirmaster of St. Anne's for many years.
From this union there were 13 children, nine of whom lived to
maturity: Adelaide (Mrs. John Parnell), Frank, Louis H. (Alma
Dubois Laurin), Ferdinand (Mary Jane Carpentier), Eugene (Anna
Miller), Simeon "Sam" (Pauline Mathis), Mary Anne (Mrs. A. Cam-
peau, later Mrs. L. Hottinger), Marguerite (now Sr. Rita, C.S.J.),
John L., of St. Cloud, Minn.
Louis Honore was born at Somerset on Jan. 28, 1868. As a
young man he worked in the woods and on the boom. At the age of
Mr. and Mrs. Delphis Dubois with
great-grandchildren, 1938.
23 he ran his own logging camp with his brother, Frank, at Amery,
Prairie Farm, and Rice Lake. In 1902 he entered the real estate
business at Turtle Lake. He continued to log around Turtle Lake
and Georgetown for several years. In 1934 he was appointed post-
master of Turtle Lake, remaining as faithful postmaster until he
retired in 1950. At 87 he was still active building cottages on
Lake Wapagasset near Amery. He held several offices in the
Village of Turtle Lake and in the County of Barron. He was a man
of affable nature and a friend to all. He died on April 23, 1955,
at Turtle Lake.
On June 22, 1910, in Minneapolis, he married a widow, Alma
Dubois Laurin, who had two children: Louis and Louise. Of this
union there were born three children: John T., Raymond, and
Richard. Alma is the daughter of Delphis and Emilie LaHaye Dubois
of Turtle Lake.
John was born on May 16, 1911, in Turtle Lake. He was
ordained at Quebec, P. Q., on May 18, 1940. He is now pastor
of Somerset, Wis. Raymond (Annabelle Berg) has five children:
Rosemary, John, William, Collette, and David. Ray farms at Turtle
Lake. Richard (Mary Severence), a lawyer at Glenwood City, has
six children: Andre, Roland, Michelle, Francis, Louis, and Georgia.
Louis Laurin (Virginia Wissehr), a major in the U. S. A.F. in Texas,
has an adopted daughter. Louise (Mrs. Ervin Smith) of Eau Claire,
whose husband is a sheet metal contractor, has four children:
Jeanne, Mark, Noel, and Michael.
Louis H. Rivard Family
Left to Right, Seated: Alma Rivard, Louis H. Rivard. Standing:
Father John T., Richard, Louise, Raymond, Louis.


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