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August 18, 2008

Local residents trace their roots to Samuel de Champlain

Local residents trace their roots to Samuel de Champlain

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Boule and Schmitt meet every Wednesday for lunch and to share time together. Four years older than her brother, Schmitt became a mother-figure to him when he was 4 when their mother died.

GIFT OF A MIRROR

Helene Boulle accompanied Champlain to Quebec in 1620, more than a decade after he had first entered Lake Champlain where Rouses Point now sits.

However, she apparently missed her home in Paris and returned to France in 1624, never to set foot in the Americas again.

"She was here long enough to get to know the Indians, and she liked them a lot," said Schmitt, adding that her brother's interest in Champlain piqued her own curiosity years ago.

"She always carried a mirror around her neck, and when she left, she gave that mirror to the Indians."

Ten years after the death of Champlain in 1635, Helene joined the Ursulines of Sainte-Ursule convent in Paris and took the name of Sister Helene de Saint-Augustin. She founded a convent in Meaus, France, in 1648 and died in 1654 at the age of 56.

The Champlains had no children.

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