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(St-Antoine-Abbé) (Starnesborough)

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Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada - Interior of Saint-Antoine-Abbé Church, est. 1860

The municipality of Franklin is part of the regional county municipality of Haut-Saint-Laurent in Quebec, located southeast of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, in the administrative region of Montérégie, near the border between Canada and the United States.

The name of the municipality recalls Captain Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), British explorer who died in the Arctic while looking for the Northwest Passage.
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Cimetière de St-Antoine-Abbe
A Catholic cemetery located at the back of the St-Antoine-Abbe Parish Church. (45.050N 73.887W)

Franklin Centre
A town in the center of Franklin Township (Huntingdon County) at the junction of modern Rtes 209 and 202. (45.030N 73.923W) It was previously called Russelltown Settlement.
Franklin Centre Post Office
The Franklin Centre Post Office operated from 1868 until present time.
Franklin Cemetery
A protestant cemetery on the east side of Franklin Centre. It is located on Rte 202 at the junction with Montée Covey Hill, 0.2mi (0.3km) east of the Franklin Centre corner with Rte 209. (45.030N 73.919W)

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Interior of Saint-Antoine-Abbé Church, est. 1860
Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada

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Interior of Saint-Antoine-Abbé Church, est. 1860
Methodist Church, built in 1870s
Now called Franklin United Church
Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada

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Methodist Church, built in 1870s
Now called Franklin United Church

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The settlement of these lands begins quite early. Indeed, the first settler named Asa Smith settled there around 1788.
About ten years later, around the beginning of the 19th century, other settlers settled there from the United States, Ireland and England.
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The first Franklin Center school was built in 1830

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The township of Franklin was incorporated by detachment from the township of Hemmingford in 1857.

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1860 - Église de Saint-Antoine-Abbé established at Saint-Antoine-Abbé

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1860 - Starnesborough (Starnesboro) - The name of the first Post Office in St-Antoine-d'Abbe. It operated from 1860 until 1919 when it changed its name to St-Antoine-Abbe Post Office.

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In 1868, the post office under the name Franklin Center was opened.

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1873
STARNESBOROUGH, or ST. ANTOINE ABBE, a post village in Chateauguay co., Que., 15 mile; from Hemmingford. It contains 2 stores and 2 hotels. Pop. 200.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
1884 - Reverend Arrested
MONTREAL, December 6, - Rev. F. R. Pepin, of St. Antoine Abbe parish, who is charged with indecently assaulting young girls attending confession in his church, has been arrested on criminal warrants, and will be brought here for trial.
Dunkirk Evening Observer
Dunkirk, New York
December 6, 1884
1890 - Franklin Centre
Franklln Centre, vil. and port of entry, Quebec, co. Huntingdon, 16 m. from Hemmingford. P. 300.

Starnesborough, or St Antoine Abbe. post vil., Quebec, co. Chateauguay, 15 m. from Hemmingford.
The Pocket Atlas and Gazetteer of the Dominion of Canada
John George Bartholomew John Murdoch Harper January 1, 1890 London : J. Walker
1895 - Saint Antoine Abbé / Starnesborough
Saint Antoine Abbé, or Starnesborough, a post-village in Chateauguay co., Quebec, 15 miles from Hemingford. It contains 2 stores and 2 hotels. Pop. 200.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1925 - St. ANTOINE-ABBE, Que. - Madame Hubert Brisson, 82, is in the hospital seriously injured as the result of being thrown from her buggy when crashed into by an auto.

The Winnipeg Tribune
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
April 29, 1925
1934 - Quebec Parents Charged With Child Murder. Two Held Responsible For Death by Ill-Treatment, Starvation. VERDICT IS GIVEN BY CORONER'S JURY.
Girl's Body is Exhumed as Result of Rumors in District
(By Canadian Press.)
ST. ANTOINE ABBE, QUE., April 25 - Edouard Grouleau, 42, and his 30-year-old wife stood charged here Tuesday with the murder of their six-year-old daughter, Laura, who died April 14 last from starvation and ill-treatment.

A jury under Coroner L. Savage, M.D., deliberated five minutes before returning its verdict, holding the couple criminally responsible for the child's death. The coroner thereupon signed a warrant charging Groleau and his wife with the murder.

The parents were arraigned at Valleyfield, Que., today and Judge J. H. Lomay, district magistrate, will fix the date of the preliminary inquiry later.

Body Exhumed
First verdict rendered a few days after the child's death on April 14 was one of death due to coal oil poisoning, it having been proven that the child drank coal oil on March 2 last.

Following the burial here, detectives heard rumors the child had been ill-treated by her... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Franklin Centre and the surrounding area:
Franklin Centre Historical Museum: Start your visit by exploring the local history at the Franklin Centre Historical Museum. This small but informative museum provides insights into the area's past, including its agricultural heritage and early settlers.

St. Andrew's United Church: This historic church, built in 1846, is a beautiful example of Gothic Revival architecture. You can admire its exterior and, if you're lucky, attend a special event or concert inside.

Nature Walks: Franklin Centre is surrounded by picturesque countryside. Take leisurely walks along the scenic country roads and enjoy the fresh air and peaceful landscapes. Don't forget your camera for capturing the beautiful vistas.

Hunting and Fishing: If you're an outdoor enthusiast, Franklin Centre offers opportunities for hunting and fishing. Check local regulations and obtain the necessary permits before heading out.

Picnicking at Parc des Deux Rivières: This park, located in nearby Howick, is a great spot... Read MORE...

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