Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Stephen MN Pioneer

The MESSENGER, In Marshall County, Minnesota           September 25, 1930

Alexander Brossoit, Stephen Pioneer, Dies
Death Claims Stephen Pioneer Following Several Months Period of Illness
Homesteaded in Tamarac in 1879 As One of Commuity's Earliest Settlers

   The Messenger is again called upon to chronicle the passing of another Stephen pioneer in the death of Alexander Brossoit, who died Tuesday, September 22 at the home of his son, Wilfred Brossoit, south of the city.
   Mr. Brossoit, nearing his 75th milestone in life, had been in failing health for the past year or more...The deceased was born Nov. 13th, 1856, at Montreal Canada, coming to Marshall County in the spring of 1879.  Mr. Brossoit homesteaded in Tamarac township over 52 years ago, establishing his home there at a time when the entire district had but few settlers and was regarded as a veritable wilderness.  In the fall of 1881 he returned to Montreal for a brief period, and on December 26th of that year he married Miss Sophie Trepanier of that city who returned to Stephen as Mr. Brossoit's bride and assisted him wholeheartedly during the trying pioneer days of home-building.  To their union nine children were born, two of whom died in infancy.  Mrs. Brossoit passed away in 1925, and in 1928 Mr. Brossoit married Mrs Mary Bergeron of Oklee, Minn., at which time he retired from active farming and had since spent the major portion of his time at Oklee.
   Mr. Brossoit was of sturdy pioneer stock, and up to the time of his retirement several years ago he was always active in all movements looking toward the advancement and upbuilding of his community.  He served for several years as a member of the Tamarac town board, and his counsel was always accepted by his associates as timely and sound.  He was a devoted member of the Catholic church, firmly grounded in the faith of his fathers and its ultimate hope of eternal rewards.  Always genial and friendly, ever ready to help those in distress or want, Mr. Brossoit held the esteem and respect of a wide circle of warm friends thruout Marshall county.
    The funeral services brought a host of old time friends who came to pay their final respects to one whom they had loved in life and respected for his sterling virtues and christian ideals.
     The ranks of the pioneers grow thin, and another of their number who has builded well on earth and left a monument of good works which live on after him, is gone.  Peace to the memory of the departed.

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