Sunday, January 24, 2010

Alphonse Arthur Marotte

Alphonse was born 4 Aug 1882 in Pawtucket, RI to Theodore Marotte and Eliza Audette and was their 3rd child, the first boy after two girls, Albena amd Cora. Both his parents were born in Canada and his mother died days after the birth of their 6th child along with the child, Henry. His father eventually remarried and had 2 additional children with Adeline Ratte while living in Central Falls, RI. Later, Theodore and Adeline settled in Burlington, VT where he died and is buried in 1921.

Alphonse stayed and settled in Pawtucket, RI. He was an individual with multiple talents and did whatever was necessary to provide for his large family. He married Lovina Theroux on 24 Jun 1907 also in Pawtucket, together they had 9 children. Unfortunately, 2 of them died as children from diptheria.

The picture above was an advertisment for the New England Bakery where he worked as a salesman. He also use to deliver blocks of ice to homes on the back of a flat bed type hand drawn cart. Over time he started the Woodlawn Credit Union and remained the honorary president and director for many years after he retired. The Woodlawn Credit Union takes its name from the area and exists today on Main St. in Pawtucket. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and a 5o year member of the Societe Jacques Cartier both organizations placed a high value on the importance of home, family and community.

His wife died in October, 1945 and he did not pass away till 6 May, 1972 which is a lengthy time to be a widower. When he died he had 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. His legacy is filled with accountants, muscians, nurses, seamstresses, teachers and many other fields that are useful in today's society.

Aphonse Arthur Marotte: 1882-1967