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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Kyle and Joanne contribute to popular Chapleau nicknames

NOTE: Kyle Cachagee and Joanne (Burns) Gionet are the latest to send along more nicknames from Chapleau. Keep them coming as they bring back fond memories not only of the people mentioned but of life in Chapleau. And yes, to the person who wrote to tell me that "Yes, you did politics in Chapleau, but it was really you did hockey," I will share some memories soon. And I also did drama at Chapleau High School with some incredibly talented students and I will share some of those experiences too. Thanks Kyle and Joanne!



BY KYLE CACHAGEE
Boxcar- my late grandfather Tony Cachagee. His name was Charles Douglas but we all called him Tony and not sure why. I guess he had a couple of nicknames.

Kitty or Nanny is what we have always called my grandmother Kathleen Cachagee who lives in long term care at the hospital.

I worked with Chicken Corston for several years at the MNR as a teenager in Chapleau and didn't know why everyone called Henry 'Chicken'. I believed it was revealed in his obit in the Chapleau paper. Since his name was HENry and a hen is a chicken....hence his nickname.

Fireman-Jean Longtin was a long time watchman at Martel Lumber I believe. Everyone knew him since he wore his red hard plastic fireman hat while walking around town. He even had a chair he kept on the new walking bridge he would rest on while walking to and from downtown.

Pit- Anne Elizabeth Michaud if my memory serves me correct. Everyone knows Pit from her minnows. Speaking of minnows we can't forget 'Toy' (Nellie) McCauley (Gregson). A few others who I don't even know their real names include Dink Edwards, Pepsi and Fleagel (sp?).

More recently there's Bucko (Terry) Laframboise, Hammy (Dave) Hamilton

There was also nicknames for places around Chapleau. Down on the point, the forestry or Lands and Forests was the MNR. Loon lake was Borden Lake where our camp is.

There is Dr. Young's hill, Michael Levesque's trail also sometimes called Carl Nyman's trail, The Carl Nyman Forest is a small plantation of pine trees planted at the MNR behind his former wood shop.

SEE EARLIER POST http://michaeljmorrisreports.blogspot.com/2009/04/fascinating-nicknames-abounded-in.html

BY JOANNE (BURNS) GIONET

Mom was just telling me, five minutes ago that their mother use to be called "La Butt" because she smoked and would use a pin to hold the end of the butt so that she wouldn't waste any. Isn't that a hoot!

Mom said that Froggy's name was Eugene, for sure and Mick was Edgar she thinks. She doesn't seem to think that Willie was much of a nickname...that his name was likely Wilfred but not at all certain of it. (Fortin family)

And of course Joanne reminded us of Gerry (BEANIE) Gionet and advised that at times when she referred to him as Gerry, people asked who she meant!!!

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2 comments:

paleryder said...

Here are a few I remember from my childhood.
Tee (Garth)Chambers : delivered groceries for Dominion and Viet's supermarket as well as Sears and was the Post Office Custodian for many years. Sonny (Kieth )Chambers : Railroad employee war vet. Doody Chambers brother of Tee and Sonny, all my cousins because my grandmother and their mother were sisters. Other people I grew up with had names like David (Picket) Doig, Robert (Tar) Doyle, Gerry (Beanie)Gionet, Donald (Saints) St.Germain, Richard (Ben) Lacroix, Gerard (Moose ) Bernier, Glen (Esposito) Capalenni, Gary (Hoss) Lagros, Angelo (Buch) Buccerelli , Ross (Shifty) Sawyer, Gary (Hippie) Korpela, Charles (Buddy) Collings, Donald (Wibble) Collings,Robert (Barney) Bromley, to name a few that I can remember off the top of my head , Some I went to school or worked with and others I was related to, all in all Nicknames are part of our lives, we grew up with them and recognize them easier than proper names. There was never anything bad derogitory meant when the nickname was given it was just something that was said and stuck to you. My name is Russell Dunne and I have been called Rusty Dunne all my life by family and friends and 99% of people who know me remember my name as "Rusty" instead of Russell. Also remember my history/economics teacher being referred to as "Chief" at one time, but it does make you think back and wonder "how did I get that name " or where it came from?, Who knows, maybe its would help to talk to old friends and family and find out.

Russell (Rusty) Dunne

Clausewitz said...

Oi. Parabéns por seu excelente blog. Gostaria de lhe convidar para visitar meu blog e conhecer alguma coisa sobre o Brasil. Abração

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