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Armand Bosarge

Photograph of Armand Bosarge

Boatbuilder

Armand Bosarge built boats for a living and violins for love. He and his wife Edna Seymour had nine children, none still living.

He was the grandfather who died before I knew him. Everything I know about Armand is from the stories his children told me about him.

His daughter told me Armand fiddled at home. She didn't remember much of the names of the tunes he played, but her descriptions sound like Armand favored Arcadian-style songs.

Armand's father used the French spelling Bouzage of the family name. Armand, and I think some of his siblings, changed it to the more English-looking Bosarge.


Photograph of Armand Bosarge

Photograph of Armand Bosarge circa 1924

The original of this photograph is in the possession of Armand's daughter. She and her sister have identified the figures as Armand and his son Isadore P. "Jack" Bosarge. Jack was born in 1911, and appears approximately 13, so I have estimated the photograph as from 1924. I have not learned the original photographer.

I scanned this image from the original photograph.


Photograph of Armand and Edna Bosarge

Armand and Edna

The original of this photograph is in the possession of Armand's grandchild. I don't know the date or the original photographer.

I scanned this image from the original photograph.


Photograph of Armand Bosarge, Edward and Doris Collins

Armand with his grandchildren Edward and Doris Collins

The original of this photograph is in the possession of Armand's grandchild. I don't know the date or the original photographer.

I scanned this image from the original photograph.


Photograph of an Armand Bosarge violin

A violin made by Armand

One of Armand's grandchildren sent me this violin. It contains a label signed by Armand.

I took the photograph.


Photograph of an Armand Bosarge toy boat

A toy boat made by Armand for his grandchildren. In another photograph the mast of the boat stands taller than the height of the children in the photograph, but not as tall as Armand.

The original of this photograph is in the possession of Armand's grandchild. I don't know the date or the original photographer.

I scanned this image from the original photograph.


Children with Edna Seymour:

Biography of Armand Bosarge

April 8th 1871

Armand is born to Eugene "Jules" and Nancy Jane (nee Bennett) Bouzage in Mississippi.

November 9th 1943

Armand dies at age 72.


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