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Survivor Stories of the Peshtigo Fire

October 8, 1871

This page is dedicated to the people who lived to tell of their survival and stories of the Peshtigo Fire. All submissions are from the family members and are welcome for posting.

No Way Home
Contributed by family descendant:
Patrick wrote:
Antoine (Bruette) Brouillette - Owner of an hotel in Peshtigo
    Born. Abt. 1813 Montreal,PQ, Canada
    Death 1884 in Peshtigo
    Wife - Harriet Emily  (White) LeBlanc
        Born: 16 Apr 1817. Lafourche, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
        Death:  08 Oct 1871  - Perished in the fire while returning to the Hotel on Sunday night when the Fire struck.  They found her ashes the next day.  Beneath her was her pie plate engraved (Emily), which was the only way of identifying her ashes. She had been to her son Antoine Thomas Bruette's home for Sunday dinner while Antoine (Sr.) was watching the Hotel . Antone escaped to the river. Told to me by Ed Bruette
(Added note) Another Peshtigo resident, son of Charles and Amelia Bruette, was Charles Bruette (Jr.). . Charles' (Jr.) wife and infant child died.  "Bruette, Mrs. Charles, and one child". Names were wife Margrete, age 24, and infant child were reported dead in the Peshtigo fire. Charles (Jr.) and daughter Carrie, age 5, survived. This Bruette family was also from French Canada and immigrated to the US about the same time as Antoine and Harriet Emily Bruette, 1845.

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