Mesdames et Messieurs – I present to you Pelagie Roussin Saucier, born about 1815 – died 1902. In her youth, Pelagie was described as little, black-eyed, and redheaded. As far as I can tell, I didn’t get but one of my great-great grandmother’s genes… the black eyes. What about you?
Another Saucier cousin – a grandson of Anthony Wayne Saucier – stumbled across this site a couple of weeks ago and generously shared the photo from his files. The image is from a cabinet card, a larger photographic portraiture than the popular cartes de visite that were in wide use until the 1860s. The cabinet card was given to him by his aunt, my father’s cousin, Louise Theresa Saucier, before her death in January, 2012.
I took the liberty of digitally cleaning and doing a little restoration work on the photograph, but I left the reverse of the cabinet card untouched. Wondering about the possible date of the photograph, I went on a side trip to uncover some information on the photographer, Charles F. Meier. As it turned out, he was prominent in the world of 19th century St. Louis, Missouri photography, and from 1875-1887, he operated a studio at 1406 Carondelet Avenue. About 1892, the address on Meier’s cabinet cards changed when the studio moved to a location on S. Broadway. Meier continued in the photographic business on S. Broadway until at least 1900.
I find it somehow reassuring to see Benjamin Harrison Saucier’s Woodland, California address scrawled on the back of Pelagie’s photograph. Both images are a treasure, and I can’t begin to express my thanks to another newly found cousin.
Don’t Touch That Dial!
I still have a little more information to share that I hope interests at least some of you. Save the date: there will be a Saucier Family Reunion on July 19, 2014 in Taos, Missouri – southeast of Jefferson City, Missouri – at the St. Francis Xavier Hall (otherwise known as the school cafeteria), from Noon to 4pm. Lunch will be served at 1pm. We’re all invited – the more the merrier!
I was told that more details will follow… so stay tuned, I’ll keep you posted as soon as I learn more.