Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Personal History of Alex Lavoie]
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PERSONAL HISTORY OF ALEX LAVOIE, FRENCH CANADIAN
Alex Lavoie knows a lot about the old French customs and enjoys talking about them. He is about 47 years old and just now is working on a WPA road project. Leblanc is a French Canadian who came to Old Town in 1908 and he is about the same age as Lavoie. Both of them worked for a long time in the woolen mill - Lavoie as a spinner, and Leblanc as a weaver. They probably would be there now if the mill had not closed. I've worked with Lavoie - or Leavitt - in the woods, on the boom, in the woolen mill and on a road project. He is a very good worker but slow acting. Gene Mann, the Boss on the boom, used to say when he saw Alex strolling down to work in the morning at the end of a long line, “Well, they must be all out of the bunk house - here is Alex.” He married an American girl who was converted to the Catholic faith. The couple have two children.