Obituary of Joseph LaBerge
Walsh County Record
February 20, 1938, Front Page

Joseph LaBerge, 74, Prominent Oakwood Township Builder, Dies
Heart Disease Proves Fatal to Veteran Walsh Resident In Grafton Home

Active and prominent in the development of the Oakwood community since Nov. 15, 1879, Joseph LaBerge, 74, died in his home in Grafton at 11:45 p.m., last Thursday of heart disease. He took seriously ill only the preceding day.

Funeral services were conducted Monday morning in St. Johnís Catholic church, Grafton, with Rev. W.T.Mulloy in charge. Burial will be in the Oakwood cemetery when traveling conditions permit. Pallbearers were Daniel Demers, John LaBerge, Eddie Mattson, W.J. LaMarre, Silvio Collette and Armand Sevigny.

Mr. LaBerge spent his early life in St. Martin (sic), province of Quebec, where he was born Oct. 13, 1861. At 18 he headed west to seek a home in undeveloped North Dakota, stopping first in Grand Forks Nov. 1, 1879. He came on to Walsh county Nov. 15 of the same year and filed on a claim in Oakwood township. His first home was a log shanty. There he married Georgina Boutiller Nov. 15, 1887. For a number of years he was supervisor of the Oakwood township board and a member of the school board.

Surviving are the widow, six sons: A.J. LaBerge, Minneapolis; Edmond, O.R., Stanley and Dan J.; all of Grafton, and Victor, on the home farm; four daughters: Evelyn, and Marie, Grafton; Mrs. Oscar Ebert, of the Nash community, and Mrs. William Campbell, Oakwood; one sister: Mrs. Ovide Collette, Grafton, and one brother: John B. LaBerge, Fort McMurray, Canada.

He was a tireless worker and lifelong member of the Catholic church and took a prominent part in the work of his church in the Oakwood community. Persons from a distance attending the rites were his son, A.J. LaBerge, Minneapolis, and two cousins, Alfred LaBerge, Grand Forks and Dan Suprenant, Grand Forks


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