L'eglise St-Pie interior from back of church facing the altar.
|L'eglise St-Pie interior detail|
|L'eglise St-Pie. interior to left of altar.|
|Common burial area of the St-Pie Cemetery, where members of the Provost family are presumed to be buried.|
|Pizzeria Dumont in St-Pie|
|Pizzeria Dumont sign|
Except for the addition of highways and paved roads, St-Pie and the surrounding area probably hasn’t changed much since the turn of the century. Most of the region is agricultural. There were fresh strawberries for sale at every roadside stand and farmers’ market, and corn fields are abundant.
Some questions were answered for me by Ms. Charuest. All schools in Canada, including those schools run by Catholic institutions, are under the authority of the Canadian government. Therefore, records are not stored at the archives in St-Hyacinthe, but at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. She also showed me some posters for musical shows that were produced by students in St-Pie in the early 1900s and said that private individuals send them in from time to time. So, even though the posters were a few years too late for our research purposes, I know that there would have been musical performance venues for the young people of St-Pie, and there may still be more posters in someone’s attic that will eventually make their way to the archives. Ms. Charuest was friendly, helpful and bilingual (a rarity in the region), and she promised to notify me if relevant information is found. So, the search continues . . .