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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published by Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1896.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HARMIDASSE LUSSIER, baker and dealer in bread, cake, and pies in Northampton, has built up an extensive and lucrative trade in this city, and has the reputation of making the finest and most wholesome of bakery products. He is a native of Canada, in which country he was born, October 24, 1858, a son of Peter Lussier, who was born in the same province on Christmas Day, 1831. His father, Joseph Lussier, also a native of Canada, was there engaged in farming for the greater part of his active life, although the year preceding his death was spent in Holyoke, where he died at the age of sixty years. He was twice married, his first wife, grandmother of our chief subject, bearing him five children, and his second wife eight. Peter Lussier lived in Canada until after his union with Derimenne Charbonneau in 1853. In 1867 he removed with his family to Holyoke, where he learned the baker’s trade, which he followed there for nine years. In 1886 he opened a bakery in Springfield in partnership with his eldest son, Peter Lussier, Jr.; and they are still carrying on a thriving business in that city. Of the thirteen children born to the parents five sons and three daughters are now living, and, with the exception of a daughter in Canada, are residents of the old Bay State.

Harmidasse Lussier learned the trade of baker from his father in Holyoke. In 1885 he went to Northampton, where he worked two years as baker for Mr. Couture. He then went to Leeds and engaged in business for himself, remaining there three years and meeting with a fair degree of success; but desiring a larger field of operation he came to Northampton and purchased his present home and bakery. He is now well established, and enjoys a large and increasing trade. Mr. Lussier was united in marriage November 24, 1879, to Margaret Dauyard, a daughter of Michelle Dauyard, of Canada, she being one of a family of four daughters and five sons born to her parents. The two children born to Mr. and Mrs. Lussier passed but a short time on earth, their little son dying in infancy, and a winsome little girl when two and a half years old. Their household, however, is brightened by the presence of two adopted children, Wilfred Lamontagne, a boy of sixteen years, and Albina (Labreche) Lussier, a beautiful child of five years. Mr. Lussier is a man of unquestioned integrity, and by his steady industry and honest business methods has won the respect of the community. Socially, he is a member of the Foresters and of the St. Jean Baptiste Society; and, religiously, both he and his wife are devout and faithful members of the French Catholic Church.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published in 1896. 

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