by David J. Marcou on 16/01/13 at 2:47 pm
My family, like most families, has a history others can learn from and enjoy. In our family, there have been some very famous people and also one or two much-less illustrious types. In-between are very many hardworking, decent people. I’ve not dealt with the much-less illustrious types here, mainly because my essay seeks to tell a good story, and also to indicate our direct bloodline from Louis Joliet, the notable 17th-century French-Canadian explorer, through direct family-links to me (your author, David Joseph Marcou), and from me to my son, Matthew Ambrose Marcou.
English: Overlooking La Crosse, Wisconsin from Grandad Bluff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Perfect Height of Trees: From Joliet to Marcou in Wisconsin–Article by David Joseph Marcou.
“For me I cannot ever be at ease/With trees that grow no higher than one’s knees/Or too tall trees that splinter in a freeze…/But here we have the perfect height of trees.” – From a Poem by Calvin Trillin.
(Author’s Note: Trees, including family trees, vary in height. Wherever you come from, though, your family tree, like all positive natural products within and around us, should be, “the perfect height”.)
Modern history can mimic age-old history. Though evidence of Europeans exploring the region eventually named Wisconsin did not occur until the 17th century, insights continue to be gained by people of various backgrounds in the Badger State, as they were by Native Americans prior to the first Europeans setting foot on the shores of what today is Door County, Wisconsin and beyond.
If one glances at modern aerial photos of the Yamaska River in Canada (partway between Montreal and Quebec) and the Black River at La Crosse, Wisconsin, these images suggest why French-Canadian families migrated to La Crosse’s French Island in the 19th century from the Yamaska region. Sloughs, swamps, sandbars, woods, etc., abound, apt for hunting, fishing, and in key places after clearing, farming. The French-Canadians who made it to New Orleans, much farther south, to help settle that city with Spanish and other French-settlers, called their area Bayou Country, and there are similarities among all three regions, though there are no alligators native to outdoor Wisconsin or Canada, as there are in the Deep South.