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LABINE, Brothers Olivier and Joseph

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LaBine family roots went deep in the early colonial history of North America;  Acadians  were early French colonists who settled in what are now our Maritime Provinces;  with the biggest population in Nova Scotia. They were often pawns in the back-and-forth of  colonial wars and French Acadians developed a separate culture from French Québécois. Two LaBine/Labine branches settled in Westmeath Township. The many versions of the surname are: Guidry, Guedry, Geddry, Gedry, Gidry, Guitry, Guildry, Gaidry, Jeddry, Jedry, LaBine, Labine, LaBean.

Some members of this family were extremely long-lived with aging into their 90’s and even over 100 years. This Labine family also has two members that pushed themselves to the utmost and explored the harshest of terrain  to ultimately help in ending the Second World War and securing a way to fight cancer. Charles and Gilbert Labine’s skill in prospecting, and in business, sets them apart as truly great Canadians.

Two Labine brothers; Olivier and Joseph, and their families came to Westmeath Township. Two Brothers to Ontario.   They had first settled across the Ottawa River in Pontiac County, Quebec, but when better land was available, they took up farming in Ontario. This large Acadian family had earlier settled in St-Jacques-L`Achigan, Québec, which was founded in 1774 by Acadian settlers from Boston after the deportation of the Acadians. The first Acadian arrived in 1770 and they founded a parish which they named St. Jacques de la Nouvelle Acadie.

The Descendants of Olivier Labine and Elizabeth Flannigan; and Olive Longpre

Oliver (Olivier) Labine (1823 – 1917) was the son of Joseph Labine (1786 – 1832) and Scholastique Dugas (1789 – 1832) 1832 Scholsatique Dugas Death . He had moved into the Ottawa Valley in search of work in the expansion days when new townships were being surveyed and land was available. Jobs could also be had in the booming logging industry. He would die in 1911 at age 90. Oliver had two marriages:

-Marriage to (1) Elizabeth Catherine Jane Flannigan (1832-1853) in 1847 at age 26 in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Quebec. She was the daughter of Patrick Flannigan and Jane Reed, early Irish settlers in that area of the Ottawa River.  Children:  Joseph Oliver Labine  (1850-1904) and baptized in St.Alphonsus, Chapeau; and Mary Elizabeth Labine (1852-)

-Marriage to (2) Olive Elizabeth Longpre in 1855 at age 34 in LaPasse, Ontario. Children: Emelia Labine (1856- ); Jules Labine (1857-1937).

Labine-Longpre stone, LaPasse Cemetery.

Labine-Longpre stone, LaPasse Cemetery.

These four young children- two little girls Mary and Emelia and two little boys Oliver and Jules –  with the surname of LaBine, listed in the 1861 Census, Page 192, for Mansfield Township, Pontiac County, Lower Canada.

Olivier and his second wife Olive moved the blended family across the river to Westmeath Township and took up land on Lot 8, EFC (East Front Coulonge), on the Ontario bank on the Ottawa River, opposite Fort Coulonge, Quebec.  In that era, LaPasse was named Gower Point.   Daryl LaBine  has generously submitted this family story:

“It was told that Oliver had a great day fishing one day. It was after the break-up of the ice on the Ottawa River that he went out and caught himself a horse and sled. He cut the dead horse away from the harness and was able to take it and the sled home with him. He sold what he had found. What is figured is that there was lot of logging and horses were used to put sleds of timber down to the river during the winter and leave them there till the ice broke up and then it went to the lumber mills. They figure that the horse and sled broke through the ice and was there till Oliver caught it after the ice break up on the Ottawa River.”

The family move to LaPasse area of Westmeath Township happened around 1869;  as son Charles was Quebec-born and John Ontario-born. 1881 Census Olivier LaBineFamily.  The family was growing to 10 children  in all.  (- Files from were used in this entry, with  much thanks to their originators.)

1.  Joseph Oliver Labine  (1850-1913)  m. Sarah McCauley (1851-1932).  More details on this family later in this entry.

2. Mary Elizabeth Labine (1852-) m. Patrick Sullivan in 1869.

3. Emelie Labine (1856- ) m. Ambrose Tessier, (1854-) , the son of Ambroise Tessier and Marie Bernard in LaPasse.

4. Jules “Julius” Labine (1857-1858) died at age 27 years in Petawawa, Ont.

5. Oliver  Labine (1867- m. Josephine Lacroix. More details on this family later in this entry.

6. Charles Lebine (1868- ) m. Catherine Lavina Hurrell (1868-  ) in North Bay, Nipissing District in 1891. They would have 11 children and would settle in Battle River, Alberta.

7. Jean Pierre “John” Labine (1869-1937) – unknown marriage or children. Death in  Oregon, USA.

8. Adeline Labine (1872- ) m. (1)  Moise Robert (18451914); (2) Leonard Mersereau  (1860- ). She had two sons and she died in Oregon, USA.

9.  Elizabeth Isobel Labine (1874-1961) m. Edwin George Aloysius Hurrell (1871-1928) in Trout Creek, Nipissing District in 1894. He owned Lot 30 , 31 of Conc. 3, Gurd Township, Ontario and was the son of John James Hurrell (1822-1885) and Mary Ann Norris (1828-1916). Elizabeth would die in 1962 at 87 years.

Emery Labine

Emery Labine

10.  Mederic Emery Labine (1881-1937) m. Eva Gervais (1888-1963), daughter of Edouard Gervais (1876-1953) and Marcelline Marion (1887-1964). See GERVAIS entry. Buried at LaPasse Cemetery – also see Labine-Longpre stone shown above on this page.  Emery was living in Sudbury when he was Drafted under the Conscription Act. 1918 Emery Labine Draft.

1891 Census Westmeath Township - Labine Family

1891 Census Westmeath Township – Labine Family

 In the 1896 Voter’s List for Westmeath Township, four LaBine farmers and their land parcels are listed. The surname is spelled as the enumerator saw fit: “Lebean”. Long before suffrage, only male landowners were eligible to vote.

Roll #355  Labean, Joseph Jr.,   Lot: W1/4 E 1/2 4, E 1/2 5, Concession 4, CLF (Coulonge Lake Front)

Roll #370 Labean, Olivier,  Lot 8, Concession EFC (East Front Coulonge)

Roll #376 Labean, Joseph, Lot 8, Concession 2 CLF

Roll #377  Lebean, John,  Lot 8, Concession 2 CLF

The Descendants of Joseph Labine and Mary McCartly

A second son  named Joseph Labine (1817- 1904)  and his family had moved from the Pontiac County  area of Quebec and was farming on  the Bromley Line. Like Olivier, Joseph too was a son of  Joseph Labine (1786 – 1832) and Scholastique Dugas (1789 – 1832).  Two Brothers to Ontario. Joseph  and his wife Mary McCartly  owned Lot  8, Concession 2 CFL on the Bromley Line.

Their son Jean Baptiste “John” Labine (1849-1896) was living on Lot 8 at age 24, listed as  a farmer when he married a 14 year old girl Mary Jane Stout (1859-   ), daughter of Lawrence and Mary Stout. 1873 John & Mary Marriage.  John B. became a hotelkeeper and at the time of his death in a cholera outbreak, he was 46 years. 1896 John B, Labine Death.   After (1)  John B. Labine died,  Mary Jane would then marry (2) Henry Bertrand and they would raise their large blended family.   Files from were used in this entry, with  much thanks to their originators.

1. Mary Jane Labine (1876 – 1885)

2. John Lawrence Labine (1877 – 1964)

3. Anna Theresa Labine (1881 – 1964) m. William Venne (  ), 1910 Anna&WilliamMarriage

4.  Margaret Isabella “Laurette” Labine (1883 – 1961) m. Damase Mederic Belec (1882-1962), son of Charles Belec (1840-1924) and Marie Tharsile Gervais (1851-1930) from Fort Coulonge, Quebec. They lived in Nipissing District.

5.  John Nicodemus Labine (1885 – 1892)  – died at age 7.

6.   Charles Leo Lawrence Labine (1888 – 1969) m. Claire Ethel Kelly (1892-1958), from Simcoe, ON.1926 Charles&ClaireMarriage.  In 1918 Charles was recruited under the Conscription Act of 1917. 1918 Charles Recuitment.

Charles LaBine; the Financial Brain, the “Money Man”.

Charles Leo Lawrence Labine (1888 – 1969)

Although he has lived for more than 30 years in the shadow of a more nationally known younger brother, Charles in his way has been as important a contributor as Gilbert to the success of the Eldorado and Gunnar mines, for which the name LaBine is famous.

While Gilbert LaBine was the discoverer and the man to whom the world gave most of the credit, Charles was an all-important figure behind the scenes, the financial brain, the “money man”. Without his skill and persistence in tracking down funds for their development, Eldorado and Gunnar might not have become the financial successes that they did.

From the time they were teenage boys who left the family home together to seek their fortune, Charles and Gilbert were comrades. They shared discomforts, hardships, insecurity, and eventual prosperity. They were business associates in bad times and in good. ….Read the rest of Charles Labine Bio. Charles LeBine; The Money Man.

7.  Adelarde Gilbert  Labine (1890 – 1977)  m.   Marie Rose “Blanche” Huard (1898- ). Son: Joseph Shirley Labine (1923-2003).   Gilbert Lebine by the age of 17 had set out, with his brother Charles, on an adventure that would see him discover the richest uranium mine, – the “Eldorado”, be honoured in many circles and become a member of the Order of the British Empire.  He was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. Read about Gilbert LaBine in Evelyn Moore Price’s 1984 book. . Canada’s Mr. Uranium: Gilbert A Labine. He never forgot his roots and would return to LaPasse to visit friends and relations – his big black luxury automobile always causing a stir amongst the young lads.

Gilbert Labine, prospector & discoverer of Radium in Canada. Photo from Westmeath Women's Institute Tweedsmuir Book

Gilbert Labine, prospector & discoverer of Radium in Canada. Photo from Westmeath Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir Book

The Place of Gilbert Labine in Canada’s History; the Inquisitive Prospector.

Gilbert A. Labine (1890-1977)

Gilbert A. Labine (1890-1977)

GILBERT A. LABINE saw pitchblende for the first time when he was only 17 years old. The sample of radium, or uranium, ore that he saw in the hands of a lecturer in mineralogy so impressed him that he knew he would never forget its appearance and he would always be able to identify it.
LaBine did not see pitchblende again for 23 years. But when he did, quite unexpectedly, in the desolate wildnerness around Great Bear Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories, that chance discovery made history. The chance that led him to one of the world’s richest sources of uranium may well have shortened the duration of history’s greatest war and altered the fate and destiny of millions of people. ……. read the rest of the article from Builders of Fortunes: Gilbert LaBine -Canada’s Inquititive Prospector.

8.  James Albert Hector Labine (1892 – 1892) Infant death. Buried at LaPasse Cemetery.

9  Mary Ellen Labine (1893 – 1984) Mary Labine Obit 1984

10. Rose Emelia Elizabeth Labine (1895 – 1982), never married, a career nurse. Rose Labine Obit

The Descendants of Joseph Oliver Labine and Sarah McCauley.

Joseph Oliver Labine (1850-1904), first son of Olivier and Elizabeth Flannigan, married Irish-born Sarah McCauley, (1851-1932) on 24 Feb 1873 in Grand Calumet Island, Québec, the daughter of James McCauley and Elizabeth Dagg, and buried in LaPasse, Westmeath.  Joseph died 10 Jan 1904. The move  across the river came around 1889 for Joseph and Sarah LaBine and family, as shown in the listing:  1891 Census  for Westmeath Township,  with little one-year-old John A. LaBine listed as being Ontario-born.

In addition to primary research, this entry has also used some material submitted by Daryl LaBine who is a Grandson of James LaBine and Winifred Mary May Hurley. He is also a Member of the Les Guidry d’Asteur Genealogy Committee Guedry/Labine Family.

LaBine-McCauley stone, LaPasse Cemetery

LaBine-McCauley stone, LaPasse Cemetery


Joseph Oliver LaBine (1850-1913)  and Sarah McCauley (1851-1932) raised a large family on the Gore Line which runs N-S between the villages of LaPasse and Westmeath. Good paying jobs were scarce for young men and many from this family went to Nippissing and Temiskaming Districts or farther afield where new mines had been opened and labourers were needed. The children of Joseph and Sarah are:

1. Elizabeth “Lizzie” LaBine  (1874-) m. Joseph Shannon (1863-1940), a harness-maker from Ross Township in 1899 1899 Lizzie & Joseph Marriage. Their children are:

i. Joseph Edward Francis Shannon (1899-

ii. William Henry Angus Shannon (1900-1933)

iii. May “Laura” Lewella Shannon (1902-1989)

iv. Mary Sarah Ethel Shannon (1905-

v. Joseph “Austin” James Shannon (1910-

2. Mary Jane LaBine (1875-1944) m. John Thomas McMahon in 1903.

3.  James LaBine (1877-1979).  After his marriage to Winifred Mary May Hurley , the couple lived in Northern Ontario in the Hailaybury area before coming back to Westmeath and taking over the family farm on the Gore Line. He continued to help his son on the farm well into his grand old age.

Winifred Mary Hurley (1890-1960)

Winifred Mary Hurley (1890-1960)


James Labine (1877-1979)

James Labine (1877-1979)


Jame’s extraordinary story is below. The children of James and Winifred were:

i. James Hector LaBine  (1913) – infant death.

ii. Edith Margaret LaBine  (1914-  ) m. R.J. Breenan

iii. Eric LaBine (1915-2011)  married to Reina Doris Venne. Like his father, Eric was very long-lived to 95 years.

iv. Ronald LaBine married Cécile Delina LeBlanc daughter of Napoleon “Paul” LeBlanc & Eléonore Soucie of LaPasse, Ontario

v. Catherine LaBine m. R.J. McDonell

vi. Olive LaBine m. W. Powers

vii. James Gladstone “Stoney” LaBine (1926-1998) was married to Lorraine Vetter. He is buried in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Hurley-Labine stone, LaPasse Cemetery.

Hurley-Labine stone, LaPasse Cemetery.


An Extraordinary Life



By any standard James LaBine led an extraordinary life and was a true pioneer. His long life covered the Riel Rebellion, the opening of mining in the province’s north and the growth of Westmeath Township.  We get a glimpse of his long life and adventures in this Cobden Sun newspaper interview from August 1977 on the occasion of his 100th Birthday. LABINE-James-1877-1978Labine, James. Jim was on the work crew building railway bridges crossing the rivers on the right-of-way; to lay the first tracks through the north of Ontario. He also grub-staked throughout Northern Ontario. His sharp memory serves him well into his centenary. Excerpts from the 1977 newspaper interview:

“There wasn’t much for fun working on the railway because there was a big rush to get it finished and open up the another Canadian frontier. In the early 1900’s working on the railway meant working every day except Sunday for $2.60, minus 60 cents for room and board, but Jim points out that the male cook was a good one and the food was the best except for hard buns. Sleeping quarters was a tent which could be moved to follow the building of the tracks.“We had lots of meat. The company bought sides of beef from a butcher in Swastika and we were never hungry.“Before Jim left home he grew up on a farm on Gore Line in Westmeath Township. He says one of his most vivid memories is going to Pembroke and watching the troops leave to fight in the Nor’west Rebellion, sometimes called the Riel Rebellion in Manitoba.“Riel was a Metis teacher and I don’t think he was in the wrong. He was standing up for the rights of the Metis people who were losing their lands to Ontario speculators.”Jim also remembers when the Catholic Church in LaPasse was built. “All the stones for the church were brought from Calumet Island by sleigh in winter across the ice on the Ottawa River. Other stones were brought from a quarry owned by Jim McBride in Westmeath. I was about eight or nine at the time. Every farmer helped with the building of the church. Half the gang would gather the stones and half would stay at the building site to square the stones.””Jim says the roads were very poor in the early 1900s and there was no road connecting the Gore and Bromley Lines. He remembers when the Malloy Lines joining the two lines was finally built.



For a good part of his life Jim was a prospector in Northern Ontario and laid the stakes for the Hollinger gold mine in Timmins, Ontario.

4.  Sara Annie LaBine (1881-1932)  m. Edward E. Gervais (1886- ), 1910Annie&Edward Marriage, son of Damasse Gervais & Domitille Bertrand. See GERVAIS entry.

5. Joseph O. LaBine (1882- ) m. Helen Myra Ship in New Liskeard, Ont. He is listed as a widower  1919 Joseph and Helen Marriage. He is buried in Temiskaming.

6. Célestine LaBine (1883-  ) m. Elyesse Gervais. See GERVAIS entry.

7.  Joseph Gabriel LaBine, b. 7 Jul 1886 in LaPasse, baptized 1 Aug 1886 in LaPasse, and d. 22 Aug 1886, infant death. Buried  LaPasse Cemetery.

8.  John Andrew LaBine (1890- ) – the first Ontario-born family member was a witness at his brother Joseph’s marriage in 1919. He was a contractor in Hailaybury when he married Nora Horan. 1922 Andrew&Nora Marriage.

9.  Agnès Fauetina LaBine, b. 18 Jul 1892 in LaPasse, baptized 7 Aug 1892 in LaPasse,  and d. 19 Mar 1893. Infant death. Buried at LaPasse Cemetery.

10.  Laurette Julia LaBine (1893-1884)  m. Harry J. Leclair, 1921Julia&HenryMarriage. Julia was living in Hailaybury, Ontario when they married. She would die in Ventura, California.

11.  Mabel “Malvina” LaBine b. 16 Sep 1900.  m.  T. Grady.

 The Descendants of Oliver LaBine and Josephine Lacroix

By 1886 Oliver Labine had found a spouse;  Josephine Lacroix, 1886 Oliver&Josephine Marriage,  Oliver LaBine and Eliza Longpre are Oliver’s parents; and Josephine was the daughter of David Lacroix and Tersile Longpre. See LACROIX entry. The children of Oliver and Josephine are:

1. Mary Louise Labine (1887– ) m. Art Newman and lived in Temiskaming District.

May Louise Labine and Art Newman. Photo from

May Louise Labine and Art Newman. Photo from

2. Leo Labine (1890– ) m. Barbara Strain (1899-

3. Raoul Labine (1893–) m. Wilda Laporte (1900- ) from Fort Coulonge, Que. One child Lillas Labine.

Raoul Labine

Raoul Labine


4. Rodolphe (Adolphe) Labine (1896 –) m. Julliete Laliberte


Rodolphe-&-Julliette Labine


5. Stella Labine  (1898–2000) m. Alderic Belanger (1900-1967) from Fort Coulonge. She lived to 102 years.

6. Rose Adeline Labine (1900–

Stella, Rodolphe, mémère Labine (Joséphine), Raoul, Léo, tante Louise Photo from

Stella, Rodolphe, mémère Labine (Joséphine), Raoul, Léo, tante Louise Photo from


Wilda, Louise, Art, Raoul, Josephine Labine, Rodolphe, Juliette Laliberté, Éricseen.

Wilda, Louise, Art, Raoul, Josephine Labine, Rodolphe, Juliette Laliberté, Éricseen.


LaBine Picnic: Orlie, Éricseen, Rodolphe, Francis, Léo, Mother Josephine Labine, Art, Louise, Barbara, Lillas.

LaBine Picnic: Orlie, Éricseen, Rodolphe, Francis, Léo, Mother Josephine Labine, Art, Louise, Barbara, Lillas.


Juliette, Rodolphe, Raoul, Art, Wilda, Mother Labine, Louise, Lillas, amie à Lillas

Juliette, Rodolphe, Raoul, Art, Wilda, Mother Labine, Louise, Lillas, amie à Lillas