Onésiphore Turgeon House

Born in Lévis, Québec in 1849, Onésiphore Turgeon first came in New-Brunswick as a student, looking for a good climate due to his delicate health.  He finally chose Petit-Rocher and got married to an Irishwoman, Margaret Eulalia Baldwin, and they had five children.  Margaret died in 1896 at the age of 46 years old and Onésiphone married again in 1905 to Mary Loretta Meahan.

Turgeon's prime interest is education.  At that time, the 1871 School Act, establishing a non-sectarian public school, was the current event. Turgeon didn't stay long in this sphere and chose commerce and then journalism. Between 1874 and 1896, as a liberal candidate at the federal elections, he sustained five defeats. Finally, Turgeon is elected in 1900 and kept his seat for 22 years, even going through the Liberal Party defeat in 1911. In 1921, the Mackenzie King's liberals return to government and the year after, Turgeon is nominated at the senate, where he stays until he died in 1944 at the age of 95 years old.  The main focus of his platform, as a politician, is the development of a real fishing industry in Gloucester county.

It's in 1905 that Onésiphore Turgeon bought this comfortable victorian style home for the amount of $1800.00. Built in 1881, this house is interpreted as it was in 1928. It's a big building with a mansard roof and conventional architecture. In North America we associate this type of roof to the victorian style, very popular from 1860 to 1890.