1856 Longueuil Explosion

Ken Quinn

Patrick Madden HeadstoneCote des Neiges Cemetery is chalk full of history. In a 2013 visit to the cemetery I came across many headstones that gave me pause to wonder. For example, one headstone reads

“ICI REPOSENT A. L. VAN HOUTTE

1877-1944

SON EPOUSE M.-L. DEHERRIPON

1877-1946

NES A TOURGOING FRANCE”

 Yes, *THAT* A.L. Van Houtte.

The one that caught my eye was one that read

“Sacred to the Memory of

PATRICK MADDEN

who died by the Fatal Explosion at Longueuil

10th of June 1856

Aged 40 years

Native of the Parish of <illegible> Kings County, Ireland”

Who was Patrick Madden? How did he die? What were the circumstances surrounding the fatal explosion? A little research thanks to Google gave me some answers to my questions.

From his headstone we know Patrick Madden was born in Kings County, Ireland. Being 40 years old at the time of his demise, he was born…

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