Somerset, Wisconsin: 125 pioneer families and Canadian connection: 125th year
[Rosalie Parnell's book on Somerset, Wisconsin], pp. 11-64 PDF (24.6 MB)
few yards from the railroad bridge over the river (Soo Line R.R.). In the meantime, about 1868, Mr. Louis Parent passed away. After some time Mrs. remarried another man by the name of Parent (Charles) not of close relationship. They lived around the lake north of the Falls two or three miles away. Pine Lake was a large body of water indeed and very beautiful, gradually deteriorated by culturing the land around it and so on (I believe dry by this time) but the locality still bears the name. While living in this locality, Mrs. Charles (Louie) met with her sad experiences, one of which I shall relate. One afternoon with no warning whatever, her house was suddenly filled with "RedSkin$" with war paint, tomahawks, leashes and blood thirst in their eyes. They seized and gagged and bound her. She immediately had recourse to her "Divine Master" imploring assistance. At the very instant a huge black dog appeared in the doorway barking furiously. They being afraid of dogs, vanished like magic and left her in this state. She cared not, only very thankful her life and her children had been spared. Later this couple moved to their new home on the hill north of the St. Anne's Church, where members of the three Parent families resided. The two children of the last union, Edmund, now deceased, and Angele (Mrs. Theodore Marquis). Mrs. T. Marquis now lives with one of her daughters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Charles C. Parent, the only survivor of one of the other families of Parents is the eldest resident of our Parish and village now resides with a nephew, Mr. & Mrs. Edward Plourde. He is very much alive, visiting his relatives far and near. Mr. & Mrs. Charles Parent Sr. both lived to a very ripe old age. Mr. passed away several years before Mrs. They were a tine example of a couple, very friendly, jolly and religious, faithful about attending services, always on hand for any service they were capable of rendering. For instance at Confirmation they were sponsors for years and years. Mrs. for the girls and Mr. for the boys. Their lives have been fruitful indeed and many times referred to as an example in many instances -- God Bless them both. DISTRICT #3 and FIRST SCHOOL AT APPLE RIVER FALLS Those on the first school board were Clerk Thomas Parnell, Treasurer, Desire Rivard and Secretary, Antoine Parent. The school- house was built in 1858 or 1859; however, no record could be found. The first instructor was a Mr. J. Hill of Maple Island, Minnesota. There was also a Miss Sam Frances, sister to the late Mrs. J. S. Plourde, Sr., who taught many years; Miss Rose Parent (now Mrs. Patrick Baillargeon) and her sister Mrs. Aldage Baillargeon, now deceased; Mrs. Louis Sicard; Miss Evelyn Montbriand, deceased, sister to the late Ed Montbriand of the village; Mrs. J.L. Rivard; and Miss Olive Levesque, later Mrs. Ludger La Venture of New Richmond, also deceased.
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