Oliver Letourneau and Evalina (Lena) Peloquin
Oliver J Letourneau was born in St. Constant, Quebec on January 6th, 1865. This is just south of Montreal across the St. Lawrence River. He was the last of 10 children born to Cajetan Letourneau and Marie Cesarie Fiffle. Not long after Oliver was born, Marie died. In 1867, Cajetan emigrated to Minnesota with his 10 children. The family settled on a farm near Centerville, Minnesota in Anoka County.
Evalina Peloquin was born August 20th, 1866 to Edward Peloquin and Victorine Lemoine in Quebec, Canada. She was the 9th of 10 childern. Census records state she emigrated to Minnesota with her family in 1883.
Oliver and Evalina were married on October 15th, 1883 in Centerville, Minnesota. The wedding took place at St. Genevieve Catholic Church with the Rev. J. Goiffon presiding. The witnesses were Medore Letourneau, the groom's older brother, and Edvige Peloquin, the bride's sister.
Oliver and Lena were married for 50 years and had 13 children. The third child, Adellia, died when she was an infant.
|Oliver Joseph||November 13, 1884||October 26, 1961||Virginia Rivet|
|Clara Marion(Sister Olivia)||September 14, 1889||February 15, 1981|
|Adellia||May 8, 1890||July 18, 1890|
|Cyril Thomas||August 7, 1891||March 24, 1958||Elizabeth Letourneau|
|Ernest Julius||August 30, 1892||December 4, 1965||Virginia Revior|
|Alice Marie||February 28, 1894||September 13, 1935||George Harris|
|Victoria Adele||April 10, 1896||April 11, 1997||Ed Staudenmaier|
|Arsene Harry||February 26, 1898||March 16, 1964||Helen Miesner, Gladys|
|Laura Edvidge||December 2, 1900||May 14, 1991||Ray Dolfay|
|Louis Henry||February 19, 1902||January 12, 1951||Minnie Guckenberg|
|Raymond Francis||September 16, 1903||Several|
|George Emanuel||March 10, 1905||February 7, 1971||Genevieve Morency|
|Doris Matilda||February 13, 1910||December 13, 1987||M. Morley, R. Memmer|
Oliver, Lena and daughter Doris in about 1913.
Oliver in the summer of 1940. This photo was probably taken behind his house in White Bear Beach, Minnesota.
Evalina died of breast cancer on April 8th, 1933.
From the White Bear Press (1955):
Oliver Letourneau Marks 90th Birthday
A White Bear area resident since 1919, Mr. Oliver Letourneau of Taylor Avenue, White Bear Beach, celebrates his 90th birthday anniversary on January 6th. A life-long resident of the state, Mr. Letourneau was born in 1865 in Washington County and married Miss Lena Peloquin in Centerville, Minn, in 1883. He has been a widower since 1933. Thirteen children were born to the Letourneaus, of which ten are still living. Mr. Letourneau has 32 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. As a young man, Mr. Letourneau worked in the lumber camps at Stillwater, as a logger and has long thrilled his children with tales of those vigorous days. No definite celebration has been planned, but his numerous descendents and friends have been visiting Mr. Letourneau since Sunday to extend birthday greetings. One of the visitors was his daughter, Sister Olivia of St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Paul, on her annual family visit.
Oliver passed away 2 years later on December 4th, 1957.
Monday, June 18, 2001