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Songs and Stories
     September 26, 2019      #17-269 SsK

The amazing life story of county's first white

La increíble historia de vida del primer blanco del condado

By Jack Klasey

On Christmas Eve 1799, in a log cabin at St. Michel d’Yamaska, Quebec, Marie Angelique Lavallee LeVasseur gave birth to a healthy baby boy, the fifth of her 10 children. Marie and her husband, Antoine, decided to baptize this child with the name Noel in honor of the holy day.

Almost 80 years later, Noel LeVasseur — born in a log cabin in Canada — would die in a handsome brick house in
Bourbonnais. The years of his life between 1799 and 1879 were filled with adventures and accomplishments. The most familiar fact about LeVasseur is displayed on a bronze plate attached to his tombstone in ...

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