This page contains various stories, myths and folklore that we can find documented. Some may be factual, some may be semi-factual, or some may be just a garbled family history.
Alphonse Hurtubise was born in 1860 at St-Agathe, P.Q. In 1908, he ventured west
with his son, Octave. He worked in Regina during threshing season, and then west to Alberta,
to work in the fields. In 1909, April 10, Alphonse took a homestead 6 miles north-west of
St-Paul-des-Métis village. After he built a "shack", her returned to Otter Lake, P.Q. to
get his family; his wife, Enrélie (Tanguay) and eight children. The family arrived at
the homestead on April 10, 1910. From their marriage, 15 children were born, of which only
9 are living.
An heirloom, we call "The Farewell Ring", originated in the Hurtubise family, and
still remains with the descendants. A brilliant diamond solitaire of 1.6 carats, it
traditionally passes to the last survivor of this branch of the family in each
generation. Unfortunately the name of the person who first acquired this gem is unknown.
Jean-Baptiste Hurtubise, born at Vaudreuil, moved to Huntingdon as a child,
where he apprenticed as a printer. He worked at Watertown (Wisc.) for a time, then settled at
Lowell, Mass., where he married in 1869. He was proprietor of a daily publication
"L'Abeille" (The Bee), first issued 31 December, 1880. It was later sold to La
Campagnie d'Imrimerie Canadienne Française de Lowell. In 1903, he came to Winnipeg
and was engaged as a printer. He died in 1912. Burial took place in the
family plot at Lowell. His mother lived in Janesville (Wisc.)at the time of his death.
Rose-Etta Hurtubise and George Lacroix were married 1 March, 1809 at Star City, Saskatchewan.
It appears that her parents had some reservations about George, who could not speak French, and
whose ancestors were fur traders in the earlier years, out of Sarnia (Ont.) They were evidently
not convinced that he was rhe right husband for Rose-Etta, among whose ancestors are numerous
substantial members of the early French arrivals in Quebec. Rose apparently was of a
different opinion and the matter was settled when she ran off to Saskatchewan to
be married! In 1904, George had qualified himself as a druggist in Winnipeg and, no doubt,
this where he met his future wife. In 1905, he established a business at Tisdale,
Saskatchewan, which developed successfully and this store still bears his name (1976),
although under different ownership.
Romeo Hurtubise came from Burke, Idaho, and homesteaded in Happy Valley
in 1907 where he and a partner, Herman Lanthier, started a small home ranch.