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Somerset, Wisconsin: 125 pioneer families and Canadian connection: 125th year

[Rosalie Parnell's book on Somerset, Wisconsin],   pp. 11-64 PDF (24.6 MB)

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times on account of existing conditions. Several from Crookston
and one of our Somerset girls, a daughter of Gaspard LeMere, came
back in 1945, full-fledged nuns, none the worse from the ordeal,
happy and contented.
The very first group of girls to go over were Misses May Roy,
Cassie Bonnerprisem, Bernadette Carufel, Agatha Belisle and
Cecelia Plourde. They all returned in the same order and also in
the St. Joseph order of Crookston, Minnesota. The first two
Somerset girls to enter were Sister Marceline (LaLier) and Anna
Belisle (Sister Justin), deceased. Many have followed in their
footsteps. Several of our local girls were invested with the
holy habit at Crookston this last summer. Many relatives
witnessed the ceremony. It is pleasing to note so many of our
young girls attend Catholic high schools. Thereby they get to
know the inside of religious life and become much enthused and
anxious to embrace it for a happy, fruitful life.
From the beginning St. Ann's pupils have had much recognition,
time and time again, in secular higher institutions. I will note
just a few as I could not possibly mention them all. You have no
idea of how it made me feel to hear the announcement in the case
of Mrs. Paul Belisle's son right here in Madison at the University
of Wisconsin. Mrs. Belisle was extended a special invitation to
be present at the services to participate in the honors here at
Madison for the first time in the history of the University of
Wisconsin. She and her son were mentioned on the air. There
are several other instances almost as impressive. No doubt you
all recall same with some of our boys at colleges, military or
Catholic--young David Breault for example. The same applies to a
good many young girls as well. This recognition dates back to the
very first year of our parochial school. Many were honorable
students. So we should be proud of all this because it means our
school's standing has always been up to par. All in all, this serves
as proof that even though doctrine and French are taught, it
certainly does not interfere with the usual courses prescribed. For
manners, politeness, gratefulness, much credit is due St. Ann's
school, the reverent nuns and the zealous pastors who were overseers
in conjunction with the state and county superintendents. Reverend
E. Caron was the first one with the new school, then our Very
Reverend Monsignor Beaudette and at present Reverend J. T. Rivard.
To our sorrow the teaching of the French language had to be
discontinued. We were fortunate to have such a capable renowned
faculty who either studied in France or came direct from France.
Yes, indeed, we sometimes wonder if all this is fully appreciated as
it really deserves. It is regrettable sometimes to meet our high
school students and sometimes even those in higher education and hear
their answers when they are questioned about simple practical every-
day occurrences which according to the teaching of a few years past,
should be thoroughly mastered: "Well we never had this in high school.
We indulge more in deeper scientific ideas in this century, it
seems . . . if

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