This artical is from the Boarder City Star 1924
Joseph Ducharme, Father and Forfather of 160
Is Hale and Hearty at 92
Techumseh Man is true Boarder Pioneer,Took Up
Residence In This County Nearley 60 Years ago
and has lived in same spot ever since.
By Francis X. Chauvin
The Prolitiety of the French-Canadian nationality is a frequent theme among economists,who love to eleborate upon the productiveness of that race, and upon its history.From the time of conquest in 1760, when 60,000 French Canadians were left stranded upon 3,500 miles if waterways stretching from the the gulf of St. Laurence to the mouth of the Mississippi, to our present States.A race wich doubles its numbers in as average of thirty years. Indred establlishes a economic issue, and when the Malthusin theory is revived in many countries, the continued multiplication of cradles in French-Candian homes, besides perpetuating a distinctive characteristic of nationality, contributes a sense of national pride.
Several historians have used the example of many French-Canidian families that count for five generations and whose direct decendants exceed the hundred mark. It is doubtful, however,if,in Essex County, there could be found a progeniture equal that of Joseph Ducharme, of Tecumseh, who is the father and forefather of 160.
Joseph Ducharme, who lives on the south side of Tecumseh road, a short distance east of Little River, was born in Ste. Elizabeth in the county of Bertinler, Province of Quebec, in 1832 He was the son of Jean Baptiste Ducharme and Veronique Tessier. At the tender age of eleven, Mr.Ducharme left his native place with his parents, who emigrated to what is now the village of St. Joseph, on the shores of Lake Heron. At that time, the entire country north of Goderich was an unbroken wilderness, life in these unrent forests imposed a severe hardship upon the early pioneers, and at twelve, Joseph was employed in the saw mills and in the planing mills of the district, doing work that his age would permit, such as tieing laths, or driving a horse about the yards. Until the age of twenty-one, the young lad divided his time between the farm and the mills, all his earnings going to assist in establishing a home for his parents and himself.
Having attained his majority, Joseph Duchame married in 1853, Marie Papineau. The ceremony being preformed in the home of his father for there was no church in the parish- by Father Schneider, who came from Goderich for the function.When in early 1866, Joseph Ducharme decided to move westward and seek fortune in these regions, he was the father of nine children. Traveling overland from St. Joseph to London, he arrived in Windsor in the Great Western, on March 6. Withen a few days he had bought from Joseph Morand an 85 arce piece of land on Tecumseh Road on Farm lot 134, for the consideration being $1600. the whole country south of Tecumesh Road was forest, and Joseph Ducharme, intent upon making his permanent home, began to work on clearing this land. Progress was not tartive. Having bought a six room frame house from Honore Langlois, for which he paid $90, he moved it upon his property, and replaced the trees that had beed cut by maples, which he planted in rows extending from the road to the barn. Withen a few years, Mr Ducharme had transformed his "place" into an attractive piece of property, and by hard work had made of it a valuable patrimony and the house in wich he still lives-a house wich is close to one hundred years old-that Joseph Ducharme raised his family, which had now been increased by the arrival of anouther son.It was there also, that Mr. Ducharme became the progenitor of a linage of one hundred and sixty, some of whom are represented in the accompaning photograph, which shows him with five direct generations.
The Children of Joseph Ducharme and Marie Papineau were" Joseph who married Emma Lesperance, Agnes, who became Mrs.Antoine Lefaive, Lina who became Mrs. Charles Tino, Mary, who became Mrs. Joseph Hebert,Verginie, who became Mrs. Moise Morand,Regis, who married Sarah Souliere,Pierre, who married Lizzie Lauzon,Francis, who married Marceline Drouillard,Jean Baptiste who married victoria Pratt,Denis, who married Marie Dupuis.Most of these Children of Joseph Ducharme have reared comparatively large familes many of them are grand parents, and some of them are great grandparents.
Mr. Ducharme, who is 92 years of age, declares himself in the best of health. He is enjoying the unimparied use of his faculties, wears glasses only on rare ocasions, and possesses a memory which is astoundingly faithful. He has been a widower since February 1904, when his wife died at the age of 72.
He was the only son of Jean Baptiste Ducharme and Veronique Tessier and the eldest of five children the other being Nancy, who married Joseph Boucher,Sarah, who became Mrs. Louis Denomme, Armeline, who became Mrs. Paul Brisson,Julie, who became Mrs. Narcisse Mousseau.