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Pioneer Passes
Gathered With Saints in Hereafter on Resurrection Day
Easter Monday morning word was passed that Treffly Bourque, Sr. had been
called to his home in the hereafter the evening before, Easter Sunday. Another revered ‘first settler’ gone from the place where he had worked and worshipped for many a year. He and his family of thirteen living children came to East Chicago in June, 1891 soon 30 years ago. At that time but one of his children was married, Ida was Mrs. Frank Blanchard. His aged mother
was also a member of his family at that time. They took up their home in Walsh Avenue. At that time but two houses stood in that street. She was the first one of that large and happy family to go; in later years the faithful wife and mother of his children was called and for many years he
had been a widower living most of the time with his daughter, Mrs. Matilda DeLor Dugan of 454 Pine Street, Hammond where he died after an illness of several weeks. He was still in comparatively good health during the holidays. It had been the custom of his children for years to call upon
their father on New Years day, and it was with difficulty this year that this was accomplished by some of them who lived in the quarantined section. The spirit of filial devotion, however, was so great that they attempted and succeeded in breaking the quarantine and thus paid their last New Years call on their beloved father.
The funeral was held Wednesday morning from St. Mary’s church where a requiem high mass was sung at 9 o‘clock, Rev, Father Lauer celebrant. Burial was made in St. Joseph’s cemetery at Hammond. The pall bearers were Sam Jumche, Peter Gauthier, Charles DeLor, Archie
LeMoges, Joseph French, and Silas Gagne of South Deering, Illinois. Fife was funeral director.