The 90th anniversary reunion is just one month away. Show your team spirit for you direct line ancestor with a Facebook cover photo!
Today a new Facebook page was created to focus efforts on publicizing the annual family reunion. It will display photos from recent reunions all the back to the very first one, held in 1927.
Visit the page at https://www.facebook.com/tessierfamilyreunion/
STALKING THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE
By MELANIE HIRSCH
Buyers Beware: There’s More To a Tree Than Just Looks
It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while at this time of year some poor soul pulls up to Tessier’s Christmas Trees after the sun has set, determined to cut his own Scotch pine or white spruce, even if he has to do it in the dark.
Dexter and Winnie Tessier, who have been running a cut-your-own tree operation on their Pompey farm for 30 years, watch the goings-on from their house.
Usually all they can make out is the flashlight, bobbing up and down the tree like some faraway scope, as the customer chops or saws away at the trunk.
“We’ll say, ‘But it’s dark!’ but they always get their tree,” Winnie Tessier says. “I’m not sure they like it in the morning or not, but they get one.”
Chopping down a pine in the pitch black is just one of several mistakes that the overly anxious — or holiday weary — can make when selecting a live Christmas tree, according to forestry experts and tree growers. The result A pine that looks more like Charlie Brown’s tree than the magnificent specimen in the house next door.
Even if you’ve made mistakes in the past, you don’t have to delve into dendrology — the scientific study of trees — to be a savvy Christmas consumer.
The most common mistake people make when selecting a tree is focusing solely on cosmetics, forgetting everything else in the process. A well-shaped tree, growers say, means nothing if the needles start falling off before you’ve had a chance to unwrap your Christmas presents.
“Generally people think the most important thing is how the tree looks, but then they forget about the freshness,” said Jeanne Weiss, a spokeswoman for the National Christmas Tree Association.
Whether you’re buying a pre-cut tree, chopping down your own or buying a live tree that you plan to plant outdoors, following some common-sense taps can keep the tree fresh and save money.
Because 95 percent of all trees harvested for Christmas each year are cut by growers, not customers at cut-your-own operations like the Tessiers’. most of this advice deals with pre-cut trees.
If you want a pre-cut tree to last between three and eight weeks indoors, the best species to select, not necessarily in this order, are the balsam fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Scotch pine, Austrian pine and red pine, said David W. Taber, a forest specialist with Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension program and adjunct professor at the State College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Test a tree for freshness by thumping the trunk on the ground. Don’t be concerned if a few needles, especially brown ones, are shed. But if you see an excessive amount of green needles fall, select another tree. Another good test forfreshness: About 6 inches from the tip of a stem, grab the needles between your thumb and forefinger and pull your hand toward the tip. Again, needles shouldn’t fall off. If they do, you’re looking at a tree past its prime.
Disease can also cause premature needle loss, Taber said. If needles aren’t uniform, look unnatural, or if the color is off — there are white patches, for example — look elsewhere.
Some trees are perfectly healthy but have a yellowish cast because they were bred from certain genetic strains. They are treated with a non-toxic dye that won’t harm them.
In general, Taber recommends that you ask the seller where the tree was grown, when it was cut, what species it is and whether it is guaranteed to hold its needles.
Although trees grown in New York state are more likely to be fresh, especially if they were cut later, that doesn’t mean a tree grown out of state won’t last through the holidays.
Still, Taber cautions that some Douglas fir trees grown on the West Coast are not normally subjected to frosts and could lose needles when the mercury dips in New York.
Trees that were cut several weeks before you shop can be fresh if kept properly, so pay attention to how trees are stored. If trees are stacked, their branches compressed, they won’t be exposed to much air and will last longer. But if they are left standing too long, exposed to winds, their needles will lose moisture and you’ll be bringing out the vacuum before you know it.
When choosing a cut-your-own tree, bear in mind that trees on a grower’s plantation may look different — more or less full, for example — after you bring them home. You won’t have to be concerned about freshness, but you may want to ask the owner what species you’re about to chop down.
Once you have a pre-cut tree home, immediately cut about an inch off the base of the trunk. That’s necessary because the tissues seal off after the grower cuts the tree, limiting the amount of water the trunk can absorb.
Above all, be conscientious about watering your tree. Depending on the size and species, it can absorb as much as a gallon of water a day soon after you bring it home; thereafter it can absorb as much as a quart daily. Never allow the water line to drop below the trunk line, or the tissues will seal again, preventing the tree from absorbing water.
If you plan to get a live tree that can be planted outdoors after Christmas, consult a nurseryman who can provide planting tips and tell you what species will thrive on your property.
Prices vary quite a bit according to the species and size of the tree, Taber says. In Central New York, expect to pay between $25 and $45 for trees that are 6 to 7 feet tall.
Whatever type of tree you choose, don’t expect perfection, Taber advises. “One of the keys, I think, is to love your tree, cherish your tree, I’m serious,” says the forestry expert, who’s loved some imperfect trees of his own because of the fun they brought him and his family.
As reported Wednesday, December 12, 1990, page D-1, columns 2-4 in The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York.
Hermon News Notes
By SHIRLEY BLANDIN
The Brunet family Christmas dinner was held on Dec. 10 with 94 present at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Cook and son Steven. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stowell; Mr and Mrs. Ken Williard and Stephanie; Mr. and Mrs. Roger Perrin and Lory and Wendy; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Brunet; Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Perrin with Jerry, Jean and Deanna; Mrs. Genevieve Stowell and Lyda; Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson and Debbie, Christine, John. Jr., Karen and Katherine; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Brunet and Mary; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Brunet, Jr. with Laurie, Christine and Brian; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Brunet. Sr.; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brunet and Ritchie; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paro and Denise of Delphi Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Barr with Cynthia, Jeffery, Shirley, Bonnie and Kathy; Mrs. Cecile Richer and Donna Steven; Herbert Richer, Johana and Cecile of Tupper Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Roy; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Johnson with David and Heather; Mr. and Mrs. Dean Hitchman and Rick and Gary; Mr and Mrs. Kenneth Frances, Ronald and Kenneth; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hamilton and Alex, Kay, Richard and Alan; Mrs. Leona Clark; Mrs. Arlene Kimball and Gail; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Toomey of Syracuse; Mrs. Agatha Toomey and Carlton (Slip) and grandson Stan Deminski of Gouverneur; Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Paro and Shirley; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Prashaw and Sheila, Richville. Friends of the family, also guests, were, Dale Matthews, Dwayne Blandin and Lou Ann Oelschlagen.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Manchester called on Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brunet and Ritchie, the evening of Dec. 5.
Mrs. Carl Brunet spent Dec. 12 with her sister, Mrs. Dean Hitchman at Madrid.
Monday afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Leland Young, Sr. called on their daughter and family, Mrs. Douglas Towne at Degrasse. They also called on Mrs. Joyce Moore.
Mr. and Mrs. Leland Young, Sr. were guests of Mr and Mrs. Charles Sharpstene at Russell late Monday afternoon.
Wednesday guests of Mr and Mrs. Leland Young, Sr. were Mrs. Helen Bill and Mrs. Ethel LaValley and children
As reported Thursday, December 20, 1972, page 10, columns 5-7 in The Gouverneur Tribune-Press, Gouverneur, New York.
AT HOUSEWARMING — Mr. and Mrs. Francis Brunet were hosts to 52 guests at a buffet dinner Sunday at their new home, 17 Sunset ave. Seated with them, above, are their daughters, Mary, left, a junior high school student here, and Veronica, right, a Tupper High senior; standing: Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Lorraine Brunet) Todd of Massena and Mr. and Mrs. William Brunet of Ogdensburg. Mrs. Brunet, formerly with the Hepburn Hospital staff in Ogdensburg, is a licensed practical nurse at Sunmount State School and he is employed by Jones & Laughlin at Benson Mines. (Photo by Kathleen Bigrow)
As reported Wednesday, September 15, 1971, page 2, columns 4-5 in Tupper Lake Free Press and Tupper Lake Herald, Tupper Lake, New York.
Thesier Receives Palmer Degree
Robert L. Thesier, son of Gertrude E. Thesier and the late Louis A. Thesier, formerly of Lowville, has been graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa, with the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic.
A graduate of Chittenango High School, Dr. Tbesier completed a four-year course of chiropractic study in thirty-six months by participating in an accelerated program of attending classes throughout the year. While attending the college, he was employed by the Eagle Signal Company, Moline, Ill.
After serving with the air force, Dr. Thesier studied agriculture for two years under the G.I. bill.
Dr. Theiser is married and has four children, Robert, Jr., William, Tisa and Wannita.
Dr. Thesier served his internship at the Palmer College Clinics and since graduation has been associated with the Kehoe Clinic, Davenport, Iowa. He plans to open his chiropractic office at 430 South Main Street, North Syracuse.
As reported Thursday, June 6, 1963, page 4, column 8 in The Journal and Republican, Lowville, New York.
S.D. Gaebel Completes 20 Years’ Army Duty
CARTHAGE–Sterling D Gaebel, of Copenhagen road, first sergeant of A Company, 479th Engineer Battalion, Watertown, has completed 20 years’ service in the army, both in active duty and as a reservist.
Gaebel, a salesman with Dingman Chevrolet Inc., entered the army in 1943, and as a paratrooper made 19 combat jumps on New Guinea and Luzon in the Philippines. After World War II, he served in Japan until his release from Active duty in December, 1945.
He received the Bronze Star for combat duty on Leyte, and the Purple Heart with cluster for a wound suffered in action on Luzon.
He and his wife, the former Margaret Rose Thesier, have eight children. He is a member of St. James’ Catholic Church, Carthage Council 291, Knights of Columbus, Carthage Lodge 1762, BPOE, Bassett-Baxter Post 789, American Legion, and Dionne-Rumble Post 7227, VFW. He is a six-gallon donor to the Red Cross Blood Bank.
As reported Wednesday, March 20, 1963, page 28, columns 7-8 in The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York.
Miss Thesier Gets Music Scholarship
FULTON — Miss Michele Thesier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Thesier of Fulton, was awarded the Fulton Men’s Chorus Scholarship award during the intermission at the fifth annual spring concert held in the Fulton High School auditorium Tuesday night by the chorus.
Miss Thesier, who plans to study music at the Fredonia State Teachers College is an accomplished pianist. She has accompanied the Fulton High School chorus, participated in many high school music activities and is presently serving as pianist and chapel organist in the First Methodist Church.
Robert Woerpel, president of the men’s chorus, made the presentation.
The award, made annually since 1959, is based on the student’s scholastic standing, citizenship, and participation in music activities, both in school and the community.
Funds for the annual scholarship are obtained from receipts of public appearances and concerts of the chorus, which is a non-profit organization. Eleanor Bok was the first recipient of the award and Maria Kanellis received the award last year.
As reported Wednesday, April 26, 1961, page 33, column 3 in The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York.
By MRS. GEORGE STOWELL
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Stowell of Ogdensburg were supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. George Stowell and family, Monday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. George Stowell and girls, Joseph Brunet, Mrs. Roy Stowell and granddaughter. Penny Anne Kimball, also Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paro all attended a family reunion at Carthage on Sunday at the home of Mrs. Leo Thesier.
Penny Anne Kimball has been visiting her grandmother, Mrs. Roy Stowell the past week.
Callers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Stowell Saturday evening was Mrs. Archie Whitton and girls, Marleen and Ann.
Mr. and Mrs. Roswell Perrin and Mr. Perrin’s mother, Mrs. Eva Perrin, were callers on Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Perrin.
Elizabeth Perrin is home for good now after working at the Edson King home during haying.
As reported Thursday, August 11, 1960, page 6, column 3 in The Gouverneur Tribune-Press, Gouverneur, New York.
— LOCALS —
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Richer motored to Hermon Saturday to attend the 80th birthday observance of her father, Joseph Brunet Sr. About 35 relatives and friends enjoyed a pleasant evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Cook, son-in-law and daughter of Mr. Brunet. At 80 he is still very active and keeps busy helping his son-in-law cut and haul logs and stove wood. He is the father of twelve children —all still living.
As reported Wednesday, February 7, 1957, page 6, column 3 in Tupper Lake Free Press and Tupper Lake Herald, Tupper Lake, New York.