Vachon family (Garthby)

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The first Vachon to settle in Garthby was Félix Vachon (1817-1910), a carpenter from Beauport, Quebec. He married Luce Carreau on June 4, 1839. They settled in the St-Roch district of Quebec City. Félix Vachon and his family lost their home and possessions to the widespread fires that destroyed two thirds of Quebec City in 1845.

In the following years, in order to respond to the needs of thousands of citizens who had lost everything to the fires, the government decided to open new lands for colonization, including in the Township of Wolfe. Félix Vachon settled on a lot in Wolfe Township, along with Joseph Lacroix, a sailor from Quebec City, François-Xavier L'Heureux, François-Xavier Larrivée and François-Xavier Mercier, all from Quebec City. He settled on August 5, 1848 on lot 42, range 1 north of Garthby Township.

The first four children of Félix and Luce – Luce (1840), Rose-Célerise (1844), Marie-Philomène (1846) and Marie-Célestine (1848) – were born in Québec; Noël-Félix (1851) and Pierre (1853) were born in Garthby. During the 1880's, Félix Vachon settled in the village of Garthby.

Pierre Vachon was a farmer. He married Agnès Gosselin in Wotton on January 7, 1878. On January 25, 1883, Pierre Vachon was granted Lot number 10 on Range B with an area of 90 acres. He, too, would eventually settle in the village of Garthby. Pierre and Agnès had twelve children: eight boys and four girls. Henri was their second-to-last child.

Henri Vachon was born in Garthby, near Disraeli, on October 28, 1893. He studied at the school of rank.
He was a farmer, as well as being secretary and an agent of the local butter factory. He became President of the Catholic Farmers Union in 1930. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Renaissance Club. In 1938, he became an Alderman in the municipal council of the village of Garthby. He also served as Churchwarden of the parish of Saint-Charles-Borromée-de-Garthby from 1946 to 1949. He defeated the National Liberal Action candidate in Wolfe in 1935 and was elected Union Nationale member of Parliament in the same riding in 1936. He further served as Deputy Whip of this political party from 1936 to 1939, when he was defeated. He was re-elected in 1944 and 1948 but defeated again in 1952. He was again re-elected in 1956 and served as Whip of the Union Nationale from 1945 to 1952 and from 1956 to 1960. He did not seek re-election in 1960.

Henri Vachon married Marie-Anne Grégoire in Garthby on October 30, 1916. They had four children: Madeleine, Gertrude, Daniel and Renaud. Henri died in Loretteville, on July 12, 1970, at the age of 76 years and 9 months. He was buried in Garthby Cemetery on July 15, 1970.

Madeleine Vachon married Gaspard Lemay in Garthby on June 17, 1944. Gaspard is the oldest son of Noël Lemay. Paul Lemay, the donor of the Vachon family photos, is the son of Madeleine and Gaspard.


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