Fred Smith’s Boarding House – Herb Lake
Sheila Kennedy contacted me and said that her father’s uncle was Fred Smith, who had a boarding house in Herb Lake near the town dock in the 1930s. Joseph Smith either owned it or worked in it as well.
She was told that her great grandparents Joseph and Virginie Smith raised her father, Doris Joseph Smith, and his brother Rosaire Louis Smith in Herb Lake from 1929-1939. They were born in 1917 and 1918, so they would have been 11 and 12 at the time.
Sheila is looking for any information you might have. Please comment on this posting if you are able to assist her.
3 March 14 – I spoke to Gus Olson about Fred Smith. He said that Fred was the first post master at Herb Lake. He had the post office and a hall near the waterfront. Later Don McLean, who had worked at the Laguna Mine, became postmaster for 4 or 5 years until about 1941.
Gus said that the boarding house was owned by Mrs. Ducharme who had been married to Isadore Ducharme, and had son Elmo Ducharme. He said that at Ducharme’s Boarding House you could buy a meal for fifty cents.