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Les Fréchette d'Amérique (Now available)
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Les Fréchette d'Amérique
Tome 1 : Nos origines et notre histoire (388 p.); Tome 2: Dictionnaire généalogique (782 p.)
Now a whole volume is dedicated to our origins and our history, and another one presents almost 10 200 Fréchet, Fréchette et Frichette marriages and unions records. An ideal gift for your family members.
These volumes contain different sections :
Our origins and our history :
A presentation, including notes on the origin of the patronym Fréchette, a few statistics and some other facts worth mentioning. This is accompanied by the ancestors' biography and of a few biographical notes upon some of the Fréchette who have distinguished themselves.
A family index, including religious people. It is presented for every one of the 6 main roots. These roots are identified as Pierre's, François', Jacques', Côté dit Fréchette's, Jean-Baptiste Séchet-Sécheret's and Phlem dit Hivon's. A sixth section presents also the cases of the persons who could not be related to the ancestors (undetermined root).
Genealogical dictionary :
A marriage index with the information on the persons, their parents, the date and place of marriage, with an id for every couple (at the left) and the parents'one (at the right), when these are known, allowing one to complete his or her lineage.
A religious people index, brothers, priests or sisters. Parents' names are also indicated when known.
A spouse's index, in alphabetical order.
At the end are to be found the biographical notes of the authors. The authors are, in alphabetical order :
Léandre Wenceslas Théophile Fréchet has published in 1879 a bilingual book containing 232 pages, entitled Tourist's Guide / Guide du touriste, from Québec to Ottawa, where he presented the main attractions of all the villages and cities between Québec and Ottawa. Apart from the touristic dimension, one can find there historical notes on the main cities, ancient landscape or interesting building's lithographs, diverse ads of the « recommendable » businesses (hotels, stores, etc.) and numerous listings (deputies, mayors, etc.) as the ones that can be found in the almanachs. Léandre has written this book at the age of 32. This legacy is a real treasure, by the grand-grandfather's brother of your president (Guy), recently discovered on the internet and put on the web at the initiative of the University of Alberta.
Originating from Joliette area, Guy Fréchette (no direct link with your president), holder of a HEC Montréal diploma, societies manager, retired from Ernst & Young, and grand partisan of the Carabins, has offered half a million dollars (500 000$) to the excellency sport programme of the Carabins de l’Université de Montréal in october, 2013. This donation is the most important ever made to a francophone university sport in Québec. Thanks for this mark of great generosity !
In August 2013, Jean-Denis Fréchette has been mandated as the new budget parliamentary director, succeeding to Mr Kevin Page, at the House of Commons of Canada. Economist from Université de Montréal, Mr Fréchette used to work at the Parliament Library, since 27 years. Until his nomination, he worked as the Economy, resources and international affairs division director. In his communiqué, the government leader at the House of Commons mentioned that «With his background as an economist, his expertise serving the parliamentaries and the management of other persons also working for the elected, and for his respect of Parliament, Mr Fréchette will accomplish an excellent work as budget parliamentary director». He is the son of two of our members at the association's board, Jean-Louis and Étiennette from Sainte-Madeleine. All our congratulations.
The web site "Le Québec, une histoire de famille" has prepared a file, including a video clip, on the Fréchette family. One will find there various informations on the Fréchette genealogy, but these are quite incomplete. The persons interested in the Fréchette genealogy will take advantage consequently in consulting the Association’s publications in order to complete these informations.
In order to remain in the world of wines, the grand opening of the "Frichette winery", by Greg Frichette and his wife Shae, occured in october 2013, in Benton City, Red Mountain, Washington State, USA. Greg is one of the descendants of Stephen we find today principally in Colorado and Washington State, on the West coast. From this region, Greg's father Jay Frichette possesses great photographer’s talents and a special interest for the vineyards. Good success!
Serge Fréchette was appointed Vice-Chairperson of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal in January 2006. He is a lawyer specializing in international trade and regulatory affairs. A former senior official with the departments of Justice and Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Mr. Fréchette was involved in negotiations of various international trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization. He represented Canada and other parties in several matters before the World Trade Organization. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa and he operated his own law firm specializing in international trade matters prior to his appointment.
Do you know the twitterature ? Jean-Yves Fréchette, who has taught literature at the College F.-X. Garneau in Québec city, spends some time on this with great enthusiasm. He is also the father of Biz (alias Sébastien Fréchette), from Loco Locass music band.
Sylvie Fréchette, from Québec city, has succeeded climbing the Everest. The Fréchette have followed with great interest the peregrinations of this Sylvie Fréchette, born in Abitibi and mother of three daughters. Sylvie has published a book in 2009 relating her achievement, whose title is « Une mère au sommet de l'Everest », where she tells everything on her climbing with her two sherpas (a book also reviewed in the medias). All our sincere congratulations fot this wonderful achievement of having been the first woman to command a mission, the first woman from Québec city and one of the first women from Québec to succeed climbing the Everest !
Isabelle Fréchette, holder of a diploma in mathematics and a master degree in management, has been awarded the first prize of the «Nouvel auteur» contest by Archambault. Tome I, the very first novel by Isabelle, has been launched as the first Nouvel auteur by the Archambault Editions. All our congratulations to the Isabelle from Chambly !
The character of Billie Frechette, John Dillinger's mistress, the famous bank robber of the thirties, is intrepreted by the french actress Marion Cotillard in Michael Mann 2009 remake movie entitled « Public Enemies ». Billie (her real name was Evelyn (1907-1969)), born on Menominee reservation in Wisconsin, was a waitress in a hotel, met John Dillinger and accepted to follow him in his adventures. She was arrested in 1934 for harboring a criminal and released in 1936. She died in 1969.
Virginie Fréchette, from Shawinigan, has realized a documentary film on Bicolline, a fantastic mediaval role playing site in Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc. "Bicolline, le jeu des jeux", has been presented in October 2009 at the Espace Shawinigan. All our congratulations !
Christine Fréchette, from the Centre d'études internationales de l'Université de Montréal (CERIUM), owns a unique expertise. She is CEO of the North American Forum on Integration, an organization she created which organizes annual conferences of Canadians, Mexicans and Americans. Holder of a bachelor degree in Administration from HEC (Economics and International Management) and a masters degree in International Relations from Université Laval (memorandum on Mercosur), she worked at the National Assembly, particularly as a counsellor for the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA), which has established a network of legislative assemblies of the Americas. Later, she coordinated the creation of an inter-American network on linguistic diversity. Congratulations !
Michel Fréchette works in communication since 1968. He set up his own communication business in 1972 and works as a communicator for institutions and enterprises. Un matin tu te réveilles… t’es vieux! is the 1st novel he publishes in 2003 for which he was awarded the 'Grand Prix de la relève littéraire Archambault' in 2004. This novel is tender and ironic on time going by and love that wont pass away. All our congratulations !
Sabrina Fréchette has graduated in psychology at the University of Ottawa. Her 9,9/10 notation gave her the general governor's medal, awarded to the student presenting the best results in a study programme. Sabrina was also awarded the gold medal of the University, given for the highest mean attained in a Social science Faculty programme. All our congratulations !
Marc Fréchette is one of the three characters who has participated in the summer of 2007 to the theater play La muselière ou l’art de déplaire, presented at the Théâtre de l’Ile d’Orléans. Formed as a teacher, he has been the first awarded of the song and humor Festival le Tremplin de Dégelis in the category humor author-interpret. Marc was also the producer of this play. All our congratulations !
Meet Guillaume R. Fréchette, professor at New York University, holder of a post-doctorate in economics from the prestigious Harvard Business School in Boston, researcher at Cirano. Guillaume was born in Granby. His many publications annonce a promising career, he is a rising star in the world of experimental economy, congratulations !
The educator Lucille Fréchet, surrounded by a piles of books and other projects, puts in place, with enthusiasm, original workshops, wich go along most of the exhibitions presented at the National Fine-arts Museum of Québec. Young kids attend these workshops, without preconceived ideas on art, even some adults do, experimenting something new. The objective : a better knowledge of artists and see the exhibitions under another angle, improve the access to the art. For Lucille Fréchet, the kids, specially, have the capacity of making great discoveries : "I love to work with kids. Nothing is acquired, everything is possible." To prepare her workshops, she consults books on art, nature, science, watches movies, etc., in order to propose to the participants the creation of mobiles, of fancy characters, of mysterious masks, etc. Her job is never boring, never the same. Every day, since thirty years, she renews the discovery with a lot of energy (translated from Véronica Lè-Huu, "Au Musée", vol. 2, #1, may-aug. 2004, p. 14).
Lucie Fréchette, Ph. D. in Psychology, is director of the Social Work and Social Sciences Department and coordinator of the Reasearch Group in Social Intervention at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO). Lucie Fréchette is also member of the Board of the scholarly journal "Nouvelles pratiques sociales" and member of the "Chaire de recherche en développement des collectivités". She has specialized in :
-Social work in family and childhood
-Psychology of death and mourning
-International cooperation (Latin America)
-Youth and local development
Darren L. Frechette, assistant professor of agricultural economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2002 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award in the Agricultural Sciences for his article, "The Demand for Hedging and the Value of Hedging Opportunities."
The award was founded to recognize the best refereed article published in a scholarly journal in the previous two years by an untenured faculty member in the college whose research involves the social or human sciences. Frechette published its paper in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics in November 2000.
Friends of Louis Fréchette, please take note that the Corporation La Maison natale de Louis Fréchette de Lévis has been put in place. The Maison natale is recognized as a historical monument since 1977. The corporation's mandates are the followings:
-Disseminate the knowledge about the life and work of Louis Fréchette.
-Show his roots in the Lévis area.
-Update the work heritage of Louis Fréchette and, for this purpose, organize cultural events.
-Encourage the litterary and musical creation.
-Assure the preservation of Louis Fréchette birth house.
-Make of the House a center for local history and provide there some animation.
Since the summer 2007 meeting, our president Guy holds a seat on the Corporation's board. Les Descendants des Fréchette and the Maison natale de Louis Fréchette have, in a joint initiative, commemorated of the 100th anniversary of the death of Louis Fréchette in june 2008.
There is a nice variety of cultural programming which should reach an enthusiastic public amoung our members. An annual membership is available for 10 $.
Artist of the Mauricie region, Ginette Fréchette presents her paintings on her web site. Born in Louiseville in 1949, she lives in Yamachiche. The taste of arts comes to her very young. Passionnate for drawing and painting, she first used oil and switched to acrylic. She now uses both. All subjects are intersting to her, landscapes, portraits, etc. Since 1990, she teaches painting to adults. Out of that full-time career, she enjoys visiting art galleries on a regular basis and meets fellow painters and exchanges in the artistic domain.
Her paintings are to be found at collectors in Montréal, Florida, Belgium, France, Lac Saint-Jean, Trois-Rivières and in many homes of the Mauricie region. She exposes on a permanent basis at her workshop located at the 471 Ch. du Canton Nord, Yamachiche, Qc, G0X 3L0.
Johanne Fréchette Perry is originally from Montreal, Canada, and grew up in Los Angeles, California. Growing up she spent her summers among "les bleuets" at her Grandfather's Blueberry fields near Lac St. Jean. She graduated with honors from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Musical Dance Theater and is the star of "Polly, A One-woman Musical", which she has performed over 140 times from North Pole (Alaska) to Arizona, and from California to Virginia, and which has been featured on public television. All our congratulations !
Johanne and her husband, songwriter Steven Kapp Perry, met while touring world-wide with the BYU Young Ambassadors performing group. They love music, gardening, each other, and whichever of their four children slept through the night.
After a formation as an actress at the National Theater School where she obtained a diploma in 1973, Carole Fréchette was part of the "Théâtre des Cuisines" from 1974 till the beginning of the 1980's. She has equally divided her time between writing and various activities linked to the theatrical practice; she has been notably responsible of the theater at the Service of cultural activities of the Université de Montréal from 1976 to 1987, member of the Editorial Committee of "Les Cahiers de théâtre Jeu" from 1984 to 1988 and agent at the Theater Service of the Canada Council for the Arts. Parallel to his work creation, she has assumed, from 1994 till 1999, the presidency of the "Centre des auteurs dramatiques" (CEAD).
She is now essentially involved in writing. She is, to this day, the author of eight theater plays whose summaries can be consulted on the Internet: Baby Blues, Les Quatre morts de Marie (award of the General Governor of Canada 1995), Les Sept jours de Simon Labrosse, La Peau d’Elisa, Jean et Béatrice, Morceaux choisis, Le Collier d’Hélène and Violette sur la terre. This last play, which has been presented at the theater Périscope in Quebec city during winter 2002, has been warmly applauded by the critics. She has also received many awards all along her career. She has received the Siminovitch award. All our congratulations !
Mrs Suzy Fréchette-Piperni, consulting nurse in perinatal mourning, at the Centre hospitalier Pierre-Boucher, Longueuil, has put in place the supporting group "Les rêves envolés (the dreams flown away)". It is intended for the parents who lived the loss of a child during pregnancy, at birth or during the first months of life.
She is the author of "Deuil périnatal : comprendre pour mieux aider : guide d'interventions pour les infirmières", Longueuil : Centre hospitalier Pierre-Boucher, 1999, 147 p.
She has also published essays in scientific journals :
Suzy Fréchette-Piperni, "Rêves envolés : le rôle inestimable du médecin de famille lors d'un deuil périnatal", Médecin du Québec, octobre 1998, vol. 33, no 10, p. 93.
Suzy Fréchette-Piperni et Chantal Verdon, "La perte d’un bébé pendant la première moitié de la grossesse", L’infirmière du Québec, janvier-février 2001, volume 8, numéro 3.
She was given the Award of the best essay of formation or synthesis published in a journal intended for the nurses for this contribution :
Suzy Fréchette-Piperni, "La perte d’un bébé et les autres enfants de la famille", Soins Pédiatrie-Puériculture - N° 199 mars/avril 2001, éditeur MASSON.
All our congratulations for that award and all the support you provide to the persons who have to deal with a child's mourning.
The band La Bottine Souriante, now one of the most famous in Québec, performs traditional music with the most modern arrangements, collects the awards in a very impressive manner. Among its performers, there is Jean Fréchette, son of Hilarion. All the musisians who belonged to the band La Bottine souriante along the years have taken it to the top, as it is now known and famous all over the world. The band La Bottine souriante has been recognized by the magazine Dirty Linen as: "The best band in the world !"
Jean Fréchette performs on saxophone, flute and clarinet. All our congratulations for your talent, your art and your energy. Whether on television or live, so many people applaude your performances.
Another Fréchette was also part of the band those last years, Denis Fréchette, but he died in 2008.
There is a fan club at the following address:
Fun Club de La Bottine Souriante
The band has released a CD of its greatest hits along the first 25 years.
Fr. Richard Frechette, is a Doctor in Haiti. For the last four years, Father Richard Frechette, C.P., trained to be a physician at the " NY College of Osteopathic Medicine " of " New York Institute of Technology " in Westbury, Long Island, where he graduated. The school's newspaper called him " one of the brightest stars of NYCOM's Class of 1999 ".
Father Rick has worked for many years, even in the critical times of embargo and political upheaval, in poverty-stricken Haiti at a ten-building orphanage south of Port-au-Prince. To serve children better he began medical studies, and returned to Haiti on occasions to work at his beloved orphanage, bringing groups of his classmates with him.
Now a physician, Father Rick can offer the poor of Haiti his skills as a doctor as well as a priest.
Discover a multitalented woman in the cyberspace. You will meet Monique Fréchette, editor of a weekly chronicle of electronic homeless (intriguing, isn't it?), editor also of numerous files linked to the labour area and unionism. Discover also the original presentations of the many web sites edited by Monique Fréchette.
Music fans will remind the famous duo Brault et Fréchette, whose members were Manuel Brault and Jean-Pierre Fréchette, who has met with success at the end of the 70's. The site shows all the songs that were made popular by the duo.
Peter Frechette is acting on television and cinema. He played many characters during the 1980's and 1990's. See this web site about himself and his career.
Take note of the publication of our cousin in France, Françoise FRECHET-LAOT, "La formation des adultes, histoire d'une utopie en actes, le complexe de Nancy", Éditions L'HARMATTAN, 7 rue de l'École polytechnique, 75005 Paris, France. Congratulations !
Another French author is very productive since a few years, madame Hélène Fréchet qui, according to the biographical note which is to be found at the "bibliothèque nationale de France", was in 1991, "agrégée d'histoire et géographie, professeur de classes préparatoires au Lycée Claude Debussy à St-Germain-en-Laye". She writes upon rather large historical subjects. Those few titles have been published:
Fréchet, Hélène, Histoire de l'Europe au XIXe siècle: préparation en AP Sciences Po., Paris: Ellipses, 1991, 384 p.
Fréchet, Hélène, Histoire de la France au XIXe siècle: préparation en AP Sciences Po., Paris: Ellipses, 1993, 335 p.
Fréchet, Hélène, Histoire de l'Europe au XXe siècle: sciences Po, DEUG, licence, préparation au CAPES, Paris: Ellipses, 1994, 352 p.
Fréchet, Hélène et Jean-Pascal Picy, Lexique de l'histoire politique de la France de 1789 à 1914, Paris: Ellipses, 1998, 287 p.
Louise Fréchette, diplomat, ex-ambassador at the UN (United Nations), has worked from 1998 to 2006 as vice-secretary general of this prestigious international organization, the #2 of the UN. She has assisted mister Kofi Annan, secretary general of the UN. An in-depth interview of Louise Fréchette has been published in the magazine L'Actualité, Nov. 1st, 1998, and another one much more recent, in 2005, published in Tabaret, the Ottawa University journal. See also the official announcement of the nomination at the UN of Louise Fréchette.
Since her departure, she assumed the direction of a research project on nuclear energy, from the political, economic and environmental implications of the increased use of nuclear energy, to the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation, in Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier universities in Ontario. In december 2007, she was awarded a honoris causa degree from the ÉNAP.
Our cousin Richard Fréchette, son of Louis-Philippe from Lévis, is a comedian whose career is very impressive. He has played in more than 40 theater plays in Québec, and in the Robert Lepage's "Trilogie des Dragons", which will take him around the world from 1986 on. Since then he has played all over Europe, London, Paris, Milan, Hamburg, Zurich, etc. He played twice at the National Theatre in London. He played also in Japan and Australia. He played also in the three movies of writer Robert Lepage: "Le Confessionnal", "Le Polygraphe" and "Nô". On TV, some will recall his participation in the "Insolences d'une caméra" of Alain Stanké during two years. He has also played quite a few characters like the doctor in "La Petite Vie". He also performed the Marcel Gariépy character in the TV show "Radio" at the CBC (in French), from january to april 1999. Finally, he has appeared (fall 2002) in the serie "Bunker-le cirque" at the CBC (in French), playing the character of Jean-Paul Larue, on the inside world of politics.
Sylvie Fréchette, our olympic championne, has performed in Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996 in the field of synchro swimming. After her olympic carreer, she oriented herself toward the circus. On October 19th, 1998, was launched in Las Vegas a show of the Cirque du Soleil, entitled "O", where Sylvie Fréchette and Debra Brown have jointly conceived the synchronised swimming show. This show of the Cirque du Soleil is simply outstanding, according to the critics all over the world.
In 2006, she returned in Québec in order to work with the Canadian Olympic Committee as Program manager for the athletes. She entered in 2006 the Olympic Hall of Fame, as she served the cause of the Olympic movement with distinction.
Many informations on Fréchet, Fréchette and Frichette of our planet are to be found on the Internet. Did you know that there is a community of 130 Frichette in Colorado, plus many more of the same family in Missouri and Washington State? They are all descendants of a same ancestor, Stephen David Freshett, married with Emma Baker in 1871. He was born in 1845 in Québec and died in 1895 at Macks Creek, Camden County, Missouri. One of his descendants, Micheal R. Frichette, retired from the US Air Force, co-author of "Les Fréchette d'Amérique", descendant of Jacques Frichet, has set up a very interesting Web site on his family and has also traced the descendency of Stephen David and Emma Baker. He is also very active in animating two Frechette genealogy forums on the web, Genforum and Rootsweb.
The University of Moncton holds the Fonds René-A.-Fréchet, architect in Moncton, N.B. and in Montréal. René-Arthur Fréchet, son of Arthur-Pamphile and Christine Vallerand, descendant of Jacques Frichet, was born in Montréal, on January 6th, 1879. He has studied at McGill University of Montréal and at the École des beaux-arts de Québec. He graduated from the École Normale de Laval, in 1896 and on January 20th, 1900, became architect. He designed the souvenir-church of Grand-Pré, N.S., the church of Scoudouc, N.B., and other buildings of the Atlantic provinces. He got married with Elvina Cormier from Moncton.
Do you know the Menominee Indians? They are to be found in Michigan and Wisconsin, right on the West bank of the Michigan Lake. There are 90 Frechette today in this community, descendants of a French fur trader who left from Ontario in the 19th century, Moses Frechette, who got married with a Menominee Indian, as have made quite a few adventurers of the time. Listen to the ancien stories of this nation by James F. Frechette Jr.
Myles Fréchette is an american diplomat, and worked over the last years as the US ambassador in Columbia. He worked in particular in the domain of war over narco-traffic in Colombia, for which he received distinguished honor award from the american State Department.
Jean M. J. Fréchet, who has studied in Lyon, France, and in Syracuse, NY, and who has pursued his carreer in the USA, teaches chemistry in prestigious universities. His arrival at Berkeley has been announced as a special event, as the University was welcoming one of the world's most famous specialists in the field of polymer chemistry.
History of the association
The association Les Descendants des Fréchette inc.
was set up on the 14th of April 1991, in Drummondville. Our founding president was André Fréchette, who has been the president for the first 5 years. Almost 200 persons are members of the association.
Many events have taken place every year, a great meeting, usually in summer (every year for the first 10 years and every 2nd year after the 10th anniversary), and some regional events. A trip to France was organized in May 1996.
The newsletter "La Voix des Fréchette", first published in 1991, is distributed 3 times/year. It contains a mine of informations on our ancestors and our cousins. It also presents many chronicles of interest, etc. To reach the editor, please send a message to Marcelle Hébert-Fréchette, editor of the newsletter.
The genealogy committee has already collected 10 178 Fréchette marriages and unions records in its database. Our genealogical dictionary (1997) presented the data collected up to that time and Les Fréchette d'Amérique is a complete reedition with its two volumes (2006).
Do you know the name and history of your first ancestor who came in New-France? May-be was he François Freschet (or Frichet, 1677), from Ile de Ré, Diocèse de La Rochelle, Aunis, a great explorer, or his cousin Jacques Frichet (1697), from Saint-Hilaire du Vix, bourg Devrie, Diocèse de Luçon, Poitou, soldier and miller. May-be was he Jean-Baptiste Sécheret (1730), from Normandy. May-be was he Jean Côté (1635), from the Perche, (Côté dit Fréchette). May-be finally was he Yves Phlem dit Yvon le Breton, from Morlaix in Brittany (Hivon dit Fréchette). Pierre Frichet, from Mazières, Diocèse de Poitiers, Poitou, was the first who came from Poitou (1658), but did not perpetuate his name.
The former French provinces of Aunis and Poitou, except Vendée (Pierre and François Frichet)
The Vendée (former Poitou), Diocese of Luçon, north of La Rochelle (Jacques Frichet)
The Normandy (Jean Côté and Jean-Baptiste Sécheret)
The Brittany (Yves Phlem dit Yvon le Breton)
The coat of arms of "Les Descendants des Fréchette" underlines various stages of our ancestors' trip to America. Our motto, "A NAME - A PRIDE", is also affixed at the bottom of the coat of arms.
Louis-Honoré Fréchette (1839-1908), prestigious figure of the Fréchette of America, poet and politician
Our national poet, Louis Fréchette, was born in Lévis on November 16th, 1839. He accepted the first name of Louis-Honoré at his confirmation in 1849, first name that he will keep until the 40ies. Exceptionally talented student, having more attraction for poetry than for the studies, he had to attend three schools in Québec and be expelled from home by his father to complete finally his classical studies. He entered the bar of Québec in 1864. Two years later, he exiled in Chicago during nearly five years; some believe that it would have been made mandatory because he would have been caught with a fenian spy following a visit of military installations in Québec, others believe that while identifying himself to Victor Hugo (that he will later meet in Paris), the writer he was, just like Hugo, had to live an exile. He was very active in Chicago, where he wrote "La Voix d'un exilé". Aristocrat and proud of his origins, he wished the unification of the French race on this continent. Journalist, he published from 1871 to 1903 in the "Patrie" and the liberal newspapers of Montréal and Québec. He took part in five keen electoral races and was elected federal M.P. of Lévis from 1874 to 1878. He got married with Emma Beaudry on July 10th, 1876 in Montréal, and was the father of five children, 2 sons and 3 daughters. None of his grandchildren will bear the Fréchette patronym.
In his poetries, Louis Fréchette appears a pleasant companion and a good and affectionate father. His books "Les fleurs boréales" and "Les oiseaux de neige" were crowned by the French Academy in 1880. One knows his essays "Mémoires intimes", "Originaux et détraqués" and "La légende d'un peuple". A decree of the French government conferred to him in 1891 the "Croix de chevalier de la Légion d'honneur". He met the aristocracy in England and France where two of his daughters have studied. In 1897, the Queen of England grants to him the rank of "Compagnon de l'Ordre de Saint-Michel et Saint-Georges". He was only 68 years old when he died suddenly in Montréal on May 31st, 1908.
Our association has participated in the Salon du patrimoine familial in Place Laurier, Québec, February 2013.
The last gathering took place on June 3rd, 2012 at La Maison amérindienne, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Québec. See this advertisement.
Our association has participated in the Salon des familles souches in Place Laurier, Québec, February 2012.
In the fall of 2011, a unique occasion occured as a few persons among the association founders and the actual members of the board gathered in order to celebrate the 100th birthday of Martin Fréchette from Baie-du-Febvre, who was a member of the very first board of the association. This very special birthday was celebrated at the Auberge Godefroy in Bécancour. It has been a rare feeling to celebrate Martin's 100th birthday. Long life to you Martin, in pretty good shape at such a respectable age !
Our association has participated in the Salon des familles souches in Victoriaville, Québec, October 2011.
Thanks to the 50 + persons who have celebrated the associations's 20th anniversary in Drummondville, May 15th, 2011. We had the pleasure to see the 20 years slideshow prepared by Marcelle, to hear a conference on the restauration of Louis Fréchette's birthplace and to visit Rose Drummond.
Our association has participated in the Salon des familles souches in Place Laurier, Québec, February 2011.
Our association has participated in the Salon des familles souches in Galeries Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Hyacinthe, October 2010.
Our last reunion in 2010 in Chambly was really appreciated by the 40 participants present at this occasion.
Our association has participated in the Salon des familles souches in Place Laurier, Québec, February 2010.
Our association has participated in the Salon des familles souches in Place Laurier, Québec, March 2009.
Our reunion in June 2008 took place in Sainte-Famille, Île d'Orléans, where about 40 participants have enjoyed the morning mass with Mgr Jean-Yves Frechette, the visit of the Maison Drouin, the visit of the Maison des aïeux, where we have commemorated the 400th anniversary of Québec, the 350th anniversary of the coming of the first Frichet from Poutou in 1658, and the 100th anniversary of the death of Louis Frechette.
Our association has participated in the Salon des familles souches in Place Laurier, Québec, February 2008.
Our association has participated to the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France at the Parc Montmorency in Québec City, August 1-5, 2007. Thanks to the volunteers and to all the visitors.
The launching of our new publication, Les Fréchette d'Amérique, has taken place on December 10th, 2006, at the Hotel Le Dauphin in Drummondville. Over 50 persons have participated to the event, which has been very successful. See the pictures of the event.
Every person originating from the Fréchette ancestors (Freschet,
Frichet, Sécheret, Côté dit Fréchette, Hivon dit Fréchette) in direct line, through alliance or adoption, may become member. Get or renew your membership using this form.