Genevieve Ann DeNoble was born December 5, 1893 in Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota the second daughter of August DeNoble and Odelia Levant Girard (called Delia). Genevieve lived with her parents in Virginia, St. Louis, Minnesota and attended school there.
Vere was working up in International Falls and he would travel down to Virginia in a canoe and snowshoes to pick up supplies and clothes from time-to-time. It was one of these trips that Vere and Genevieve met and fell in love. Here is a letter that Gen wrote to Vere in the spring of 1916.
Dew Drop Inn, Sand Lake, Minnesota
My Dearest Vere,
Well it’s almost bedtime for me at the camp. Socks the cat acts as if its morning instead the way he is chasing around here. Made a pair of feather bed pillows today out of a feather bed left of my grandmother’s perfect doilies. That’s the only thing I have of either of my grandmothers.
Had two rides in the Evinrude outboard since we got it. Herb busted the timer in two. Then he took it into town and had it fixed and broke it again. Then next time he took it out and once we were way over to Birch Point and we had to paddle home. The motor refused to budge. It seems that some of the oil got into the carburetor and so now its still on the bum. Guess it will never work right until you show him how dear, so better come to see me, because its almost a month since, at least it seems like two. Went in swimming the other night, just before we went to bed, it was a circus, only was afraid of sharks. Wonder if your (or pretty soon our) daddy has been up to see you yet? You’ll came back with him wont you as far as the junction and then run out and see me dear.
Did you discover your grippe (pack back) was heavy Vere – going back? If not you had better look inside that paper in there. Mother thought she would sweeten you, although I told her that you could not be sweeter.
Well dearest by, guess I’ll hop into that trundle bed. Have to go up to the night office first and see if Herb sent any cream. Good night dear and oceans of love always,
They were married July 31, 1916 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Virginia, St. Louis, Minnesota. Father W. J. Powers officiated at the wedding. They had three children, John, William and Mary Jeanne.
In 1950 Genevieve moved to The Dalles, Wasco, Oregon to be near her daughter Mary Jeanne Rooper. Genevieve passed away on May 10, 1963 at a local hospital. A Requiem mass was celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church and the rosary was recited at Smith Callaway Chapel. Msgr. Michael J. McMahon officiated.
Genevieve was a member of Gold Star Mothers; this is an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country. For more information on Gold Star, please click here.
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