Franco-American Collection

Rolande Ouellette

"My mother...died when she was 29...they asked my grandparents if they wanted to take care of me, cause my father couldn’t take care of me. So, I went to stay with them and my father grandfather was a navigator because he used to fish a lot. He would be gone for three or five months. He would be gone to Labrador, they called that and they were fishing...Besides that, they had a farm, they had about three horses and about four or five cow and lamb."

Rolande Duguay was born in St Bonaventure, QC, in 1917.  Her mother died when she was only three years old, so she was sent to live with her grandparents.  When her grandfather also died, Rolande was sent to live with her aunt and uncle in Waterville, Maine.  Her first trip on a train took her to the United States, where she worked in a textile mill.  After marrying her husband, Emile Ouellette, in 1935, she moved to Lewiston and then to Brunswick, Maine.

In this interview, conducted April 28, 1994 she talks to her grandchildren, Nadine Gagnon and Melanie Lemieux about her early life in Canada, her love of cooking and her family values.

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