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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Quinn Family Participation in Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Parade

Ken Quinn

Quinn Family Participation in St. Patrick’s Parade

Since 1928 up until now

The Quinn family has been actively involved in the United Irish Societies of Montreal since the very beginning. Patrick Quinn, born in 1893 in Glasgow, Scotland and having settled in Verdun, Quebec, was the founding treasurer from 1928 until his death in 1947. Many of us has followed in his footsteps. Below is a snapshot of the people from the family who have been involved, that I know of.

1946 GRAND MARSHAL

Patrick Quinn                                                                (1893-1947)

Charter member of the United Irish Societies and Treasurer until his death.

1988 GRAND MARSHAL

Francis J. Quinn                                (son of Patrick)    (1929-2008)

2015 CHIEF REVIEWING OFFICER

Elizabeth Quinn                                 (niece)

PRESIDENT               

Francis J. Quinn   (1965-1966)                   (son)                      (1929-2008)
Joseph Quinn       (1996-1997)                   (nephew)
Elizabeth Quinn   (2000-2001)                   (niece)
Kenneth Quinn     (2010-2011)         (grand nephew)

VICE PRESIDENT

Maurice D. Quinn (1983)                           (son)
Joseph Quinn      …

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