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Sainte-Flavie in La Mitis, Québec — Central Canada (French-Canadian)
 

Place Clément-Chouinard Plaza

 
 
<i>Place Clément-Chouinard Plaza</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 16, 2018
1. Place Clément-Chouinard Plaza Marker
Inscription.  

Fils de Pierre Chouinard et de Flavie Deschênes, Clément Chouinard est né le 28 octobre 1915. Deuxième d'une famille de 12 enfants, il épouse Cécile Beaulieu en 1940 et se voit confier la ferme de ses beaux-parents la même année.

Père de deux filles et de neuf garçons, la pêche occupe une grande place dans sa vie et il partage cette passion avec plusieurs de ses enfants. Tôt le printemps, c’est chez Clément Chouinard que les pêcheurs se réunissent pour aller prendre du hareng afin de nourrir la famille et d’engraisser les champs. À la mi-juin, le hareng sert de bouette pour la pêche à la morue et au flétan. Peu avant son décès accidental le 24 avril 1990, il raconte avec nostalgie comment un jour, il a capture un flétan d’environ cent quarante kilogrammes au large de Sainte-Flavie.

De retour sur la terre ferme, les prises quotidiennes sont vendues et le reste est fumé, salé, bouilli ou congelé selon les besoins. Il n'est pas rare que Clément Chouinard distribue les surplus de ses captures aux gens du village, surtout aux plus infortunés.

En plus d'être un habile pêcheur et de travailler sur sa terre, Clément

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Chouinard est aussi un homme politique. Élu conseiller municipal en 1948, il occupe le poste de maire de 1957 à 1979. La population flavienne se souvient de lui comme un être dévoué, accueillant et généreux.

La municipalité rend hommage à cet homme en nommant cette place en son honneur.

Inauguration le 23 juin 1996

Photographie de l'arrière plan,
Clément Chouinard à la pêche aux harengs
circa 1980

[English translation]

The son of Pierre Chouinard and Flavie Deschênes, Clément Chouinard was born on October 28, 1915. The second in a family of 12 children, he married Cécile Beaulieu in 1940 and was entrusted with the care of his parents-in-law the same year.

Father of two girls and nine boys, fishing was a big part of his life and he shared this passion with many of his children. Early in the spring, it was at Clément Chouinard's place that the fishermen got together to go for herring to feed the family and fatten the fields. In mid-June, herring are used for cod and halibut fishing. Shortly before his accidental death on April 24, 1990, he nostalgically described how one day he caught a halibut weighing about one hundred and forty kilograms off Sainte-Flavie.

Back on dry land, the daily catch was sold and the rest was smoked, salted, boiled or frozen as needed. It was not uncommon for Clément Chouinard

<i>Place Clément-Chouinard Plaza</i> Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 16, 2018
2. Place Clément-Chouinard Plaza Sign
to distribute his catch surplus to the people of the village, especially the most unfortunate.

In addition to being a skilled fisherman and working on his land, Clément Chouinard was also a politician. Elected city councillor in 1948, he held the position of mayor from 1957 to 1979. The Flavian population remembers him as devoted, welcoming and generous.

The municipality pays homage to this man by naming this place in his honor.

Dedicated 23 June 1996

Background photograph,
Clément Chouinard herring fishing
circa 1980


 
Erected by Ville de Sainte-Flavie.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1915.
 
Location. 48° 36.506′ N, 68° 14.151′ W. Marker is in Sainte-Flavie, Québec, in La Mitis. Marker is on Route de la Mer (Québec Route 132), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 453 Route de la Mer, Sainte-Flavie QC G0J 2L0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La maison Langlois (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Le magasin général / The General Store (approx. half a kilometer away); La Vielle Auberge / The Old Inn (approx. half a kilometer away); La maison du bedeau / The Sexton's House
<i>Place Clément-Chouinard Plaza</i> et/and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 16, 2018
3. Place Clément-Chouinard Plaza et/and Marker
(approx. half a kilometer away); Le presbytère / The Rectory (approx. half a kilometer away); La grange à dîme / The Tithe Barn (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); L'église de Sainte-Flavie Church (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Les Jardins de Métis (approx. 8.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sainte-Flavie.
 
Also see . . .  Un peu d'histoire sur Sainte-Flavie. (Submitted on January 9, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Additional keywords. Place Clément-Chouinard Plaza
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 9, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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