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The History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations


PHYDIME J. HEMOND—In Saint Ferdinand de Halifax, a post village of Megantic county, Province of Quebec, Canada, on Lake Williams, seventeen miles from Somerset, both Phydime J. Hemond and his father, Honore Hemond, were born, the father in 1838, the son in 1875. Honore Hemond became a prominent man in his locality, being the leading blacksmith of the town, second treasurer of the school committee, and active in church affairs. He retired from business in 1907, settled his affairs and joined his children in Woonsocket, R. I., where he died December 25, 1910. He married Rose de Lima Pichet, born in Saint Ferdinand de Halifax, in 1843, died there April 18, 1903; children, all living in Woonsocket: Phydime J., Joseph Napoléon, Albert, Marie Laure, and Theodule.

Phydime J. Hemond was born July 25, 1875, and spent the first twenty-five years of his life in his native Saint Ferdinand de Halifax. He was educated at Saint Joseph’s College at Saint Ferdinand, and completed a classical course in the Seminary of Quebec, class of 1897. He came to the United States in 1900, locating at Fall River, Mass., there acting as reporter on the staff of the Fall River “Journal.” From Fall River he came to Woonsocket, R. I., becoming a member of the reportorial staff of the “Tribune,” so continuing for seven years. He then resigned to accept the post of assistant editor on “L’Union,” the organ of the Société L’Union, St. Jean-Baptiste d’Amerique. He continued the "L’Union” for three years, then retired to accept appointment as general secretary of Société L’Union, St. Jean-Baptiste d'Amerique, a position he held for thirteen months.

In 1912 Mr. Hemond entered the real estate field in Woonsocket as a member of the firm Caron & Hemond, with offices at No. 315 Wood avenue. That firm was succeeded eighteen months later by Hemond & Fournier, with offices at No. 115 Cumberland street, Stanislas Fournier the junior member of the firm. Mr. Hemond is a member of Saint Anne’s Roman Catholic Church; past secretary general of Société L’Union St. Jean-Baptiste, of Council La Belle, No. 122; founder and first secretary of the Circle Dauray, A. C. J. F. A.; first president of the Circle Tardivel; past general treasurer of the Association Catholique de la Jennesse Franco-Americaine, and the first secretary of Circle Lecordaire, No. 4, Association Antialeoolique. In politics he is an Independent.

Mr. Hemond married, in Notre Dame Sacred Heart Church, July 14, 1902, Marie Selfride Fontaine, of Central Falls, R. I., daughter of Timothe Fontaine, a retired school teacher, born in Saint Angele de Monnoir, Quebec, Canada, who came to Central Falls in 1884 and there died, aged thirty-five years. Timothe Fontaine married Virginia Forand, born in Saint Jean d’Iberville, Quebec, Canada, died in September, 1905, at Central Falls, aged fifty-eight years. Children of Phydime J. and Marie Selfride (Fontaine) Hemond: Fernand, born April 13, 1903; Jean Berchmans, born Aug. 4, 1904; Gaetan, born Nov. 9, 1906; Joseph, born March 3, 1908, died in infancy; Cecile, born May 18, 1909; Marguerite-Marie, born Nov. 23, 1911; Aline, born May 16, 1913; Alphonse Rodriguez, born Oct. 17, 1917; Gerard, born Feb. 25, 1918. The family home is at No. 108 Chalapa avenue, Woonsocket.

Linked toFONTAINE, Selfride; FONTAINE, Timothe; FORAND, Virginie; HEMOND; HEMOND, Albert Josean; HEMOND, Alphonsus Rodriguez; HEMOND, Cecile; HEMOND, Fernand Joseph; HEMOND, Gerard A.; HEMOND, Honore; HEMOND, Joseph N.; HEMOND, Joseph Theodule; HEMOND, Laura Marie; HEMOND, Phydime Joseph; PICHETTE, Rose-de-Lima

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