Les colons de SILKVILLE en hiver

Alain de MADAILLAN nous communique une photo prise en hiver à Silkville qui montre que ces dames savaient manier le fusil... et que le lapin faisait partie du menu des colons pendant les rigueurs. Ernest Valeton de Boissière (barbe blanche) devait approcher de ses quatre-vingts ans.

Source : MURPHY, Jim (2003) - Across America on an Emigrant Train. Clarion Books Edit. ISBN 0395764831, 168pp.

Nous avons trouvé également le portrait d'Ernest Valeton de Boissière dans une collection de photos historiques publiées par The Ottawa Herald, où on le voit habillé de la même façon, appuyé sur le manche de sa binette, devant des rosiers grimpants, et probablement des mûriers en arrière plan.

Lien = http://ottawaherald.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=13163352&event

Cette photo étant commercialisée, nous ne pouvons la joindre ici, par contre nous reproduisons ci-dessous le texte original qui l'accompagne :

"Ernest Valeton de Boissiere, born in 1810, descended from a prominent Bordeaux family, attended the Polytechnique--a progressive technical school--and trained as a civil engineer. He made a fortune by altering the family holdings through the development of a seawall seven miles long on the coast, which quickly became the most successful fishery in France, and the planting of 5000 acres of pine trees used in producing marine stores like turpentine,tar and pitch. His politics were radical republican (in the sense of wanting France to maintain itself as a republic rather than a monarchy) and so he wasn’t welcome during the Second Empire years of Louis Napoleon. He left France and came to America where he ran a shipping business in New Orleans and eventually purchased nearly 3,000 acres in southwest Franklin County in 1869. He proposed to manufacture silk ribbon, which the ranch eventually produced, but his socialist ideas of running the farm as a commune where workers earned not only wages but also equity in the corporation, was a failure. He traveled back and forth from France during the 1870s and 1880s, though the silk business slowed and stopped althogether. The ranch was always a success as far as its milk, cheese and beef were concerned. But Valeton solicited proposals from charitable organizations for its future use. The Kansas Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows was given the ranch to house Odd Fellows’ orphans. Silkville Ranch will be one of the stops on the Farm Tour Oct. 14. -- Photo submitted by Deborah Barker/The Franklin County Historical Society Album ID: 126457 Photo ID: 13163352"

NB : l'année de naissance est 1811 et non 1810. Le texte fera l'objet de précisions ultérieurement.

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