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Settling In The First Winter

Bishop P.-A. Chiasson's Visit

In early October, the Allardville colonists welcomed their first official visitor. His Excellency Mgr. Patrice-Alexandre Chiasson (1867-1942), Bishop of Chatham arrived to offer his encouragement. He found that work had been started on the roads and that a number of log cabins had been constructed. The cabins were rude affairs with mud and moss stuffed between the logs to provide protection from the elements. Each camp usually had two rooms, a kitchen-living room, which also served as a bedroom, and a separate bedroom.

Bishop Chiasson was pleased with the colonists' progress and left with Father Allard in charge of their spiritual well-being. On the 30th of the same month, the feast day of Christ-Roi, Father Allard offered the first mass in Aimé Guignard's log cabin. By this time, the number of households totalled 41, and the number of settlers, 162.