Dumas, Emile

Emile Dumas was born in Morinville, AB in 1919, the third of 7 children of Paul and Dianna Dumas. At age 2 he moved with his family to Donnelly for the winter, then to Falher for 7 years, before settling on a farm near Girouxville. Since the Gougeon School was not yet built, Emile attended school at the convent in Grouard for 2 years. He quit school at age 15 to work on farms, and eventually moved to Westlock AB. In 1940 Emile enlisted in Edmonton with the army, serving overseas. He met and married Clemence Neus in Belgium in 1945. In October Emile returned to Canada, and Clemence came 8 months later. The young couple made their home on a farm north of Girouxville. During the winters Emile worked at cutting lumber, on the railroad, and at oil rigs, while he farmed in the summers. Emile and Clemence had 7 children: Edward, Paulette, Georgette, Robert, Francine, Leo, and Suzanne. The family moved to Belgium in 1960 for 5 years, then they moved to Edmonton.

Source: Reflexions Vol. II p. 513 (Photo p. 514)
Girouxville History Vol. I pp. 65-66