Franco-American Collection

Ida Levesque

"I got to look after the kids...and we alot of animals, you know. So my father says when I was twelve years old, 'You got to go to work.' 'Alright, I'll go.' So I went to work at twelve years old, I was get up early in the morning and go to work."

Ida Levesque, the thirteenth of twenty-one children, came to the United States as a child.  Her father, a woodsman, died relatively young, of cancer, and to make ends meet, Ida had to go to leave school at seven - at first to look after her siblings, and later to earn money in the factories.

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