Happy memories – May 21st – Gournay, homeland of  Jacques Proust

Happy memories – May 21st – Gournay, homeland of Jacques Proust

August 2nd, 2017 0 By Jean-Pierre Proulx

« Au fond des campagnes, qu’il fait bon, fait bon, fait bon! » (known French air).

On that wonderful Sunday of May, Gournay rested quietly on top of its little hill. The bell tower of St-Saturnin church, above the old houses, had always been waiting for us.

Jacques Proust once left this tiny village for Pointe-Claire. We don’t know why. In 1706, he founded his family there with Jeanne Pilon. On this happy Sunday, Lucie Plante proudly represented their descendants because her great-grandmother’s name was Josephe Proulx!

Pierre Burgaud, the outgoing Mayor, and Mr. Chartier and the new Mayor of Alloinay welcomed us. Mr. Bobinet, the 93-year-old dean mayor, also made the trip to meet with us. Not to mention a few city councillors. And we talked about livestock, culture, bread, vines, the countryside of France and Quebec.

Here is a slideshow recounting this visit rich in memories. We are happy to share them with you.

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