The Family of
Michael Arsenault
of Long Lake, Hamilton county, NY

By Lisa K. Slaski
 


This is NOT intended to be a COMPLETE record. It is however, a study of this family taken primarily from sources available online on various free and fee sites. Everything in this compilation should be checked against primary sources, where available, for the best accuracy. The authors of this work are not related to this family!

Michael Arsenault (sometimes written as Michel) was born 8 Aug 1888 in New Brunswick, Canada. In 1910 he is residing in the town of Newcomb, Essex county, NY, age 23, immigrated 1906 and is a teamster sawing logs. Thomas Arsenault is listed next, age 18, immigrated 1909 and is a lumber jack chopping logs. Michael registered for the WWI draft in Newcomb on 5 Jun 1917 and enlisted on 29 Jul 1918:

Michel Arsenault, born 8 Aug 1888 in New Brunswick, Canada, alien, Log Driver for John Anderson, Jr. in Newcomb, Single, medium height and build, blue eyes, brown hair.
 
Michael enlisted at Elizabethtown, Essex county, NY on 29 Jul 1918 at age 29 and was discharged 31 Jan 1919 from Camp Meade, MD. His discharge papers are recorded at the Hamilton county Clerk's office and are provided on this site.

Thomas also registered for the draft in Newcomb on 5 Jun 1917 and enlisted on 22 Feb 1918:

Thomas Arsenault, born 30 Mar 1893 in New Brunswick, Canada, alien, laborer working for John Anderson, Jr. in Newcomb, Single, medium height and build, brown eyes, brown hair.
 
Thomas also enlisted at Elizabethtown, Essex county, NY on 22 Feb 1918 at the age of 27 years and was discharged 9 May 1919 from Camp Upton, NY. He served overseas. His discharge papers are recorded at the Hamilton county Clerk's office and are provided on this site.

They are both in the 1920 census in Long Lake, Michael age 32, immigrated in 1905, and Thomas is 26, immigrated in 1909. Both are single and are laborers with a lumber company. By 1930 only Michael is still residing in Long Lake with his new wife, step son and twin boys, Henry S. and Harold S., both age 6. The step son was Ashley A. Morrissey (7 Sep 1915 - 5 Oct 1991).

The Long Lake cemetery listing gives Michael's year of birth as 1884 and his Social Security Death Index states that he was born 23 Nov 1884 and died Jun 1968 with the last residence of Long Lake, Hamilton county, NY.

Michael Arsenault was married about 1923 to Katie May McIntyre. Katie had been married previously to Francis Morrissey:

Marriage record on file at the Hamilton County Clerk's office:
Francis Morrissey age 35, b. Minerva, laborer, son of Francis and Matilda Gochie Morrissey to Katie May McIntyre, age 18, waitress, daughter of Addison and Ida Slack McIntyre, married May 10, 1914 Long Lake by L. Decmet, witness Carl McIntyre and Elizabeth A. Riley.

Obituary of Katie M. Arsenault
Reprinted with permission from the
Hamilton County News
died 1 Oct 1994

Katie M. Arsenault, 98, of Newcomb Rd. died Oct. 1 at her home following a long illness. Born July 24, 1896 in Speculator, daughter of Addison and Ida Slack McIntyre. She married Michael Arsenault in 1920 at Long Lake. He died June 1968. She was a Catholic Daughter.

Surviving includes one son, Stanley Arsenault of Long Lake, 5 grandchildren and 7 greatgrandchildren.

Besides her husband, two sons died before her, Ashley Morrissey in 1990, Stuart Arsenault on Sept 25, 1994. Also two brothers; Harry McIntyre and Carl McIntyre and one sister Elsie Helms.

Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Oct 4 at St. Henry's Church with Rev. Richard Sturtz officiated. Rite of Committal at Long Lake Cemetery. Family suggests donations be made to the Long Lake Rescue Squad.

Michael and Katie Arsenault had two sons:

  1. Stanley Henry Arsenault, b. 21 Apr 1923, d. 1 Mar 2003
  2. Stuart Harold Arstenault, b. 21 Apr 1923, d. 14 Sep 1994

In early census records the twins were listed with the names Henry and Harold first, but they obviously went by the names Stanley and Stuart later in life. Thus I've presented their names in this order. I have not research birth certificates to know which name is the proper first name.

Stanley, Stuart and Stuart's wife all served in WWII:

WWII Discharge Papers

Page 204:
Stuart H. Arsenault 32741598 Private 1st Class
Battery A 476th Coast Artillery Battalion
Army Honorable Discharge
Given at Separation Center Fort Dix, NJ Jan. 29, 1946
Service CAC Component- AUS
Permanent Address Long Lake DOB April 21, 1923 Long Lake
Eyes BL, Hair BRN, Height 6 165lbs. No Depend.
White Single USA Cit.
Date of Induction Jan 9, 1943 Date of Entry into Active Service Jan 16, 1943 Albany NY
Machine Gunner Heavy 606
Battles: New Guines, Southern Philippines
Decorations: Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, WWII Victory Medal, Philipines Liberation Ribbon with 1 Star
No wounds Continental Service 9mos, 20days; Foreign Service 2yr, 2mos, 24days
Date of Dept. Oct 27, 1943 Arrived Nov 14, 1943 Dest. WPTO
Date of Dept. Jan 5, 1946 Arrived USA Jan 20, 1946
Remarks: Lapel Button Issued.

Page 205:
Stanley H. Arsenault 32741617 Private 1st Class
Battery B 469 Coast Artillery Battalion
Army Honorable Discharge
Separation Center, Fort Dix, NJ Jan 29, 1946
Army Service CAC Component AUS
Perm Address Long Lake DOB Apr 21, 1923 Place New York
Eyes BLK Hair BRN Height 511 Weight 160lbs. No depend.
White single USA Cit. Civilian Occ. Student X-02
Date of Induction Jan 9, 1943 Entry of Active Service Jan 16, 1943 Albany NY
Machine Gunner Heavy 605
Battles: New Guinea, Southern Philipines
Decoration: Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal Sept. Oct 27, 1943 Destination WPTO arrived Nov 14, 1943
Sept. Jan 5, 1946 Arrived in USA Jan 20, 1946
Remarks: Lapel Button Issued
Inactive ERC Jan 9, 1943 Jan 15, 1943
ASR Score Sept 2, 1945

Obituary of Stuart Arsenault
Reprinted with permission from the
Hamilton County News
died 25 Sep 1994

Stuart Arsenault, 71, died Sept. 25 at Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake NY. Born April 21, 1928 Long Lake, he was the son of Katie (McIntyre) Arsenault of Long Lake and the late Michael Arsenault. He married Marjorie Kilber in Albany. He served in the US Army in the Philippines and was a member of American Legion Post 650.

Survivors besides his mother and wife included a son, Stuart Arsenault of Tupper Lake. His twin brother Stanley of Long Lake and four neices.Services were conducted at Rennell Funeral Home, Tupper Lake. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Long Lake Rescue Squad.

Obituary of Marjorie Arsenault
Reprinted with permission from the
Hamilton County News
died 12 Jan 2005

Marjorie L. Arsenault, 82, recently of Wells, NY and formerly of Long Lake died Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at the Nathan Littauer Nursing Home following a long illness. She was born March 22, 1922 in Lake Pleasant, daughter of the late George J. and Alice Orr Kibler. Marge was educated in Speculator and Wells Schools and was a graduate of the Utica Business College.

She enlisted in the U. S, Womern's Army Corps in Nov 1944, and was later stationed in Germany. She was awarded the Army Commendation Medal in 1946. Marge served several additional terms of active duty and was in Reserves until 1959. She was also employed in a number od administrative functions in the private and public sectors, and lived in various locations in the U. S., including Iliinois and California. Her last activities were Social Services in Hamilton County.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stuart Arsenault, whom she married in 1958. She was also predeceased by her son, Stuart Arsenault Jr.

Survivors include sister Dorothy Bradt of Wells and her brother George Kibler and his wife, Barbara of Palo Alto, California; several nieces, a nephew and cousins as well as her close friends, Rene' Hammer and her son Dustin and their family, and Garrett and Sidney Hays, all of whom in recent years gave her much loving care.

There will be no services. Burial will be in Long Lake.

1915 Long Lake census lists Frank Morrissey age 44 farmer, Kattie age 19 wife.

It is interesting that there is an Edward Morrissey right next to Addison McIntyre who is Katie's father.

1925 Long Lake census lists Michael Arsenault age 38, caretaker, Canada French, Cit. June 19, 1918 USA; Kate M. 28, Harry Stanley 2, Harold Stuart 2, Ashley Morrissey 9 all under Addison McIntyre.

Also listed in the 1925 Long Lake census are William Arsenault age 18, Canada French, 2 mos. alien, laborer in woods; Clarence Arsenault age 44, Canada French, 1 mon. Alien, laborer in woods; Thomas Arsenault age 33 Canada French, 16yrs. Cit April 20, 1922(?) Elizabethtown, Town Highway laborer.

Sources:

  1. WWI draft registration cards
  2. WWI discharge papers (on this site)
  3. WWII discharge papers (index on this site) from the Hamilton County Clerk's Office
  4. Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
  5. 1910 Federal Census, town of Newcomb, Essex County, NY
  6. 1920, 1930 Federal Census, town of Long Lake, Hamilton County, NY
  7. Long Lake Cemetery listing (on this site)
  8. Obituaries from the Hamilton County News - reprinted with their permission

 

Last Updated: Wednesday, 14-May-2008 13:19:34 PDT
Copyright © 2005:  Lisa Slaski