CHARLES DOBIE : LOCAL HISTORY
KEARNS & VIRGINIATOWN, ONTARIO

Virginiatown, Ontario,
Lamoureux Family Photos, 1945-1960's

The Lamoureux family were well known in the Virginiatown area, as Cliff Lamoureux ran the barber shop across the street from the theatre. I well remember as a child having my hair cut there. Getting a haircut was a big deal for me in my early school years -- I would go to the barber shop after school then take the bus home by myself -- all the way to Kearns!

Clifford began his life in Winchester, Ontario, and Grace was a Channing from Ottawa. They originally met at a dance where she had gone with her brother Hughes who died in the war.

Richard Lamoureux says that his grandparents moved to Virginiatown before World War 2, then moved away during the war, probably because Cliff was in the army (as shown in the second photo). After the war, they returned to V-Town and Cliff set up his barber shop. In the 1960's his son Edward worked for Cliff in the shop, but in 1966 moved his own family to Kirkland Lake where he set up his own barber shop. Cliff's barber shop in V-Town lasted up to the late 1980's and Cliff stayed in town until the early 1990's when he went to Kitchener to stay with his daughter, Debbie.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Wedding photo of Cliff and Grace (Channing) Lamoureux.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Cliff, Grace and Edward Lamoureux. Photo taken during WW2.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent is on the right and Edward Lamoureux is the boy beside him. Photo was taken by Dalton Bawks of Kirkland Lake. Date, location and occasion of the photo is not known.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Cliff Lamoureux giving a haircut. News photo.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Cliff Lamoureux outside his home which was attached to the barber shop. News photo.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Cliff Lamoureux in a publicity photo for a pipe-smoking contest.
Photo by Schaefer Photo in Larder Lake, probably 1960s.

Richard Lamoureaux says: "Grandpa always smoked a pipe. He had entered a pipe smoking contest in Kirkland Lake and won 1st place. He had used a cheap corn cob pipe. After the contest he wrote to the pipe manufacturer and let them know he had won using their pipe. There was going to be a world competition in their state and he asked if they would pay his way to enter. He said he was a poor barber and couldn't go on his own. They sent him two first class tickets. When he and Grandma arrived at the airport they picked them up in a limo. They stayed at the plantation and he competed and came in 8th in the world. How the contest works is you get a pipe full of tobacco and two matches to get it started. You have to get it lit within a short period of time. The one who can keep the tobacco burning the longest wins the competition. "

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Undated news clipping from the Northern Daily News.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Debbie Lamoureux's birthday party, 1960. She would have been around 8 years old.
Front, L to R: Barbara Lopata, Pauline Tabaka, (Elizabeth?) Locke, Debbie Lamoreux (in white dress), Douglas Mann, Theresa McIntyre.
Back, L to R: René Mann, Jean Bock, Shirley Morrison, Unknown, Cathy Mann.
The Manns owned the garage next door.
Can you identify the last remaining girl (back row, just to the right of Debbie Lamoureux)?

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Debbie Lamoureux in her Alma College uniform. She later married Albert Manseau, and they lived in Virginiatown until they separated. Debbie moved to Kitchener with her son Daniel Manseu where she passed away from a heart attack at home, age 41. She was born in 1952.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Left to Right: Roy, Teresa and Richard Lamoureux.
Photo was taken in 1966 shortly before the family moved to Kirkland Lake.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Curling championship presentation, 1964-65.
L to R: Unknown, probably Steve Stratford, Edward Lamoureux, Jim Darragh.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Photo taken beside the barber shop in the 1960's. Cliff Lamoureux is second from left and Edward Lamoureux is far right. Who are the others?

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's  Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Edward Lamoureux, 1960's. Right-hand print is dated January, 1965.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's  Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Edward Lamoureux, 1960's. Prints are dated (L to R) July 1964 and July 1965.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Edith Lamoureux at home in V-Town. Mid-1960's.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Debbie Lamoureux, Edward's sister, at home in V-Town. Print is dated July 1965.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Gary Lamoureux, Edward's brother, in front of Cliff's barber shop. Print is dated July 1965.

Mrs. & Gary Lamoureux at the Legion Barbeque

Gary Lamoureux and friend at the Legion Barbeque during the 2006 V-Town reunion. Photo by Bob White.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Kerr-Addison lodge. Photo date unknown.

Richard Lamoureux says: "The big-wigs would be picked up in a limo and driven to the lodge for entertainment. The couple that were caretakers had to start the limo each day and look after the property. My Grandmother would go to the lodge to cut the lady caretaker's hair. Sometimes we would go with her and play while we waited. "

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

Edward Lamoureux and Carol Burnett in Las Vegas, about 1968.

Lamoureux Family photos, 1945-1960's

This is a current photo of Richard Lamoureux, second from right, and his wife Mary, far right, with friends in Kelowna, BC.

Can you provide names, details or corrections?


Many thanks to , for these photos.


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