Exploring Fabius Township and St. Joseph County, Michigan, with side trips all over this Great Lakes state

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Addled was my feeling yesterday about what to post for A as Round 10 of ABC Wednesday began.  Then anxiety set in and anchored itself in my psyche.  How was I to avail myself of an adequate answer of what to post for A?

Should I absent myself from contributing, except to comment on others absolutely arresting additions?  Should I simply stay abed and abjectly abandon, abnormally abdicate, any role in the start of Round 10?  No!  I acknowledge that is not acceptable!  Is there an acquaintance, or better yet! an ancestor I could admit to Round 10?  Whew, ambling around on the keyboard had once more unaddled my brain.  I not only have ancestors, I have ancestors whose name begins with A --  the Archambaults of South Bend, Indiana and Saint Roche de l'Achignan, Quebec.

In this photo from circa 1905 all are gathered around the matriarch and her children and their spouses.  The second person from the left in the front row is my grandmother, Eveline Archambault McCauslin.  She is sitting next to her mother with the beautiful name of Chantal Desormiers Archambault who came to South Bend with her husband Jean Louis Stanislas Archambault just after the U.S. Civil War.  He went to work in the Studebaker Wagon factory.  My grandfather is the first person on the left in the back row, Augustus Holmes McCausland, who came from London, Ontario, first to Chicago, then to South Bend, in the late 1890's.   In addition to the Archambaults and McCauslands are a Bale, a Charron, a Donahue, a Doolin, and a Landgraf. 

For less ancient additions to A, please visit ABC Wednesday.


  1. That's a precious photo to treasure!

    Come see mine when you get a chance.

  2. I didn't event think of ancestors when I was trying to come up with something for the letter A. (I came here via ABC Wednesday.) I have a number of old pictures of my ancestors, too. Such precious treasures!

  3. I wish I have photos of my
    ancestors. For me it's a treasure to hold. ^_^

    ABC WED.

  4. Alas (lol) A for Alas - I have very few photographs of my ancestors unlike my descendants who will have endless of me! Digital age verses the Dark Ages do you think?
    Great thinking post - thanks ever so much - as ever a great post and part of the team - much appreciated.

    Denise ABC Team