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Kimberley Families

The Lauzon Family
as told by Mrs. Lauzon and son, Paul

Mr. and Mrs. Lauzon were born in Montreal. They met in Lafleche, Saskatchewan, were Mr. Lauzon worked in the Bank of Montreal and Mrs. Lauzon, then Miss Morin, worked in the Post Office. At the same time she was studying music and piano at the Convent.

In the spring of 1924,Armand Lauzon first got work at Lumberton before he came to Kimberley and obtained work with the Company as an accountant. In the fall of that year, Miss Morin travelled west and they were married in the old Catholic Church that used to stand on the corner of Howard Street and Wallinger Avenue. It had just been changed from a mission Church and Father Eaman performed the ceremony.

Their first home was a shack back of the Mark Creek Store until they built a small home on Spokane Street. In later years they enlarged it and this is where Mrs. Lauzon still resides.

In February of 1926, a son, Paul, was born When he was only a year and a half old, he caught polio, known then as infatile paralysis.

Armand Lauzon with A. Bryant and G. Plant.

There was one other case at the same time, and for six or seven years there were odd cases of this dreaded disease in Kimberley. Paul was left with a crippled leg and because of this he received most of his education in boarding schools, first in Pincher Creek, Alberta, and then Edmonton. However, he took his matriculation in Kimberley and won the Fine Arts Scholarship in 1944.He attended the Vancouver School of Art for four years.

On his return to Kimberley he entered the employment of the Company as a librarian at the Concentrator and he is now the records clerk.

Mrs. Lauzon started teaching piano to the local children shortly after she arrived and she has taught many pupils over the last fifty years. Her time has been devoted to her pupils and her church.

As well as being an accountant for the Company, Mr. Armond Lauzon took care of numerous accounts for businesses and organizations. His interests were chess and fencing, an art he taught to several local enthusiasts. He played chess by correspondence. He was active in the Liberal Party. Mr. Lauzon retired from the Company in 1955 after serving thirty-one years. He later went east to Toronto where he was Secretary-Treasurer of a Surgical Supplies firm, and Mrs. Lauzon was preparing to move there when Mr. Lauzon passed away in 1961.

Paul married a Vancouver girl and they had three daughters: Lara, Dori and Jani. Lara is working in a Heritage Park at Vancouver in the recreation field. Dori married Don Vande ale of Marysville, a meat cutter for Super Valu in Fernie, and Jani is living in Toronto, studying Mime Theatre.

Besides his regular work, Paul has taught art at night school for ten years. He also plays piano and entertains folks with his talent.

Mrs. Lauzon tends her garden, and still teaches a few pupils in her home on Spokane Street, although she is now over eighty years of age.

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