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Date:9/16/2014 2:34:18 PM
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Grandma's House, Part IV
So tomorrow I must mow grass. For most of my property, it will be the first time this year. That's remarkable considering that most years the first cutting is in late April Whenever I cut grass, I always think of my Grandma Truckey's place. My brother Wayne and I used to cut her grass. When he was gone and I was older, I would cut her grass and clip her borders. She used to give me three dollars and at that time, it was generous.

One Friday night, when I was about 16 or 17, the phone rang at home and Pa woke me up to tell me that my Aunt Exora, who lived with Grandma, had been injured in a car accident and that I would have to stay with Grandma that night so that she wasn't alone. Pa drove me over to Grandma's house and I slept in Exora's bed till the next morning. When I awoke that Saturday morning, Grandma had already had breakfast ready for me. I ate breakfast, talked with her for awhile, and then walked the half-mile home. So much for taking care of Grandma. Exora survived the car accident and came back to live with Grandma and Grandma lived on to the age of 98.

Grandma Truckey had been born into the Lessor family, also called Lesueur. It was an important family in Canada during the French Regime. Grandma had told us grandchildren that the cathedral of St. Anne de Beaupre in Quebec was built on land that had been donated by her family. The family legend says the two Lesueurs were out fishing on the St. Lawrence when a fog rolled in and they couldn't see anything. The two men prayed to St. Anne, a patron to the French from Brittanny, that if they got home okay, they would give up land to build a church to her. They made it home, donated the land, and the cathedral was built. It makes for a nice story, but 35 years later, when I was doing research at the Brown County Library in Green Bay, I found a book on noteworthy French Canadian families. Under the Lessor/Lesueur name the book related how that family had donated the land for the cathedral of St. Anne.
As a lifelong student of history, I have always been amazed at how accurate the oral histories remain as they are handed down from generation to generation. This is just another example, all the more delightful because it's so close to home. --Gary
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