[Lead Belt News/Jan. 17, 1962] -
J. A. QUESNEL LOSES LIFE IN FIRE -
J. A. Quesnel of Farmington Route 1, died on Saturday afternoon, January 13, when the Quesnel residence in some manner caught fire and burned to the ground. Mrs. Quesnel had gone into Farmington to do some shopping, leaving him at the house. He has been an invalid from arthritis for the past several years, and apparently could not get out of the burning building. Cause of the fire was not determined.
JOSEPH AUGUSTE QUESNEL -
Joseph Auguste Quesnel was born in Ste. Genevieve County, December 7, 1883, the son of Victor and Felicite Thomure Quesnel, and passed away Saturday, January 13, 1962, aged 78 years, one month and six days.
On February 26, 1908, he was united in marriage to Edith May Canada of Farmington. To this union were born two children, Camille Marie (Mrs. Bryan A. Foster), Webster Groves, and Victor Auguste of Farmington.
Besides his widow, daughter and son, Mr. Quesnel is survived by one granddaughter, Mary Quesnel and one niece, Mrs. Ruth Quesnel Gray, both of Farmington.
Mr. Quesnel was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Rene, and two sisters, Alice and Aimee.
"Gus" as he was affectionately known to his many friends, moved to Farmington at an early age, and except for a few years spent in Texas and Illinois, resided there until 1912, when for reason of ill heath, he moved to the farm home where he spent the balance of his life.
He attended elementary schools and Carleton College in Farmington, and was a member of the Order of Moose and Modern Woodman of America. Mr. Quesnel was a member of the Farmington Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 o'clock Monday afternoon, January 16, at the Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Edwin R. Short, pastor. Interment was in the Quesnel family plot in the Knights of Pythias Cemetery.