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St.Francis Orphanage,Woonsocket,RI

St.Francis Orphanage,Woonsocket,RI

Posted: 6 Apr 2009 1:32AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bousquet
I am searching for any information related to my grandfather and grandmother Oneil and Amanda (Senecal) Bousquet. Amanda died on August 28th 1930 from complications of childbirth.There were three surviving children sent to the orphanage when the father of the three O'Neil died.My aunt Lucille Bertha Bousquet was the oldest,my mom Claire Emma Bousquet was second and my uncle Cyrille was the youngest. Aunt Lucille has told stories of the girls being seperated from the boys and of being able to look down a hallway to the opposite side to see uncle Cyrille with his hands bound to the highchair.She speaks of having to dress in all black clothes.If you have any information or similar stories,names of possible living relatives,events, dates etc...please share.

Re: St.Francis Orphanage,Woonsocket,RI

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 7:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Currie, Ropp
My mother (Irene Marie Currie)was in the St. Francis orphanage from about 1920-1930.Her half brother (Francis Ropp)was placed their in about 1925.

My mother told of painful punishments by the French-Canadian nuns because she only spoke English, and at the age of 4, was supposed to follow their commands spoken only in French. She didn't even know the sound of her own name in French, so was punished yet again when she didn't respond to the nuns calling her name, which sounded to her like "Eeerang", rather than Irene. She was punished with switches and sticks, no food, etc.
She told of having been most severely punished when she was caught at the age of 6 peering under the rubber "apron" she was required to wear during her bath - which she was permitted to take once every two weeks, using the same water as the older girls who bathed first(by my mother's turn, the water was cold and filmy with dirt.)

If anyone has any more information about the orphanage, or the treatment of orphan children by French Canadian nuns in the early 1900's, please respond.

Re: St.Francis Orphanage,Woonsocket,RI

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 12:06AM GMT
Classification: Query
Dear God........
It's a wonder they ever had any sense of self. I can remember my mother having us use the same bath water.... As an adult I never knew why???
Now I can see that this is one of the many things left over from the orphanage.Please call me............ my story is too extensive for this genre.I have been researching this for over 10 years. And have quite a tale to tell.My Aunt Lucille (Bousquet) Dardis is still alive....I now live in the town where my mom was born and ultimatly raised in St Francis Orphnage.I think we should talk...FYI I am a women of 49 years an a christian .Please..if you feel uncomfortable...we can talk with other parties present. This shame is not ours,but a small "passing" legacy.

Deborah Bousquet
Woonsocket,RI

Re: St.Francis Orphanage,Woonsocket,RI

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 7:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks so much for your reply. I would love to talk more with you and others who remember St. Francis orphanage, where my mother grew up. I live in New York City. My e-mail address is joycerwillis@gmail.com.

I hope to visit Woonsocket sometime this summer, as I have never seen the actual building. I understand it is now a retirement or nursing home.

Nice to meet you!

Joyce Willis

Re: St.Francis Orphanage,Woonsocket,RI

Posted: 22 Mar 2011 5:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: St. Frances Orphanage, Woonsocket R.I
Can either of you tell me where St. Francis's records are? My grandmother was sent away as a teen-ager for awhile. My aunt doesn't know why, she was younger. We all know that pregnant catholic girls sent away for awhile usually went to a convent to have a baby. My grandmother lived all her life in Woonsocket. I know the orphanage you are talking about. I was planning on going there when I read the horror stories. My heart breaks for both your ancestors. It so hard to believe those horrors were happening to these poor children, behind the doors of this orphanage, as people drove by. I had an ancestor grow up in an orphange in France, it makes me wonder if she too survived the horror of the nuns. Next question do either of you know what convent a girl would have been sent to in Woonsocket in the early 30's. Would it have been Mount St. Calire or was that just a school for girls? Thank you for any help. Cherylann

Re: St.Francis Orphanage,Woonsocket,RI

Posted: 22 Mar 2011 5:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
One more thing me email is Cherylann_mcfetridge@hotmail.com I live close to Woonsocket and can do look ups for you if you don't live near.

Re: St.Francis Orphanage,Woonsocket,RI

Posted: 25 Mar 2011 10:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
Cherlyann,

I've driven there and it's only 5 minutes from me. would you like to meet me at a coffee shop somewhere and you can follow me so we can both get an up close look?

Re: St.Francis Orphanage,Woonsocket,RI

Posted: 4 May 2011 2:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
If you haven't already seen it, there is an interesting article here:

http://www.blackstonedaily.com/History&Heritage/jeff_all...

that eludes to the fact that there are records, but maybe not easily accessible. I have contacted the museum where this presentation was made and am waiting to hear back. I'm hoping to get some contact information for Mr. Allard and/or information on where these records may be kept.

If I hear anything back I'll let you know.

Re: St.Francis Orphanage,Woonsocket,RI

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 7:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Me and my sister were there in 1957. I would love to find the records regarding the two of us. My mother died at the age of 29 and her current husband got rid of us as soon as possible. My sister was 6 and i was 9. My sister just died on 6-2-2011. I would love to talk to anyone who was either there or knows someone who was. I am hoping someone will respond to me.

Sunny (my nic name)

Re: St.Francis Orphanage,Woonsocket,RI

Posted: 2 Jul 2011 8:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Sunny, This place seems to be quite the mystery doesn't it. The catholic church keeps a strong hold on anything that may either give the wrong impression or set the ugly truth free! My mother Claire and her bother and sister we subjected to the means of a prisoncamp. If you can get over to the Woonsocet Museu of Work & Culture you'll see my family's history there on display.My mother (God rest her soul) doesn't look like a very happy little girl in he Comunnion photo at the orphanage or in the group birthday photo for her brother Cyril. so many things are coming to light...dark things. We need to keep these questions out in the open so answers can be had.
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