I say Bouta, you say Boutain

And I think we are both saying the same thing: boe-tay.  I am not clear on who is who in the Bouta/Boutain family.  I read up on the families in the anniversary booklet from 1978, and I quickly became more confused than ever over the spelling.  For example, there is an entry on Edward Boutain, Sr. and his wife Belsimire Mercier.  Then the next entry is for Thomas Bouta, “the son of Edward Bouta and Belsimire Mercier…”

But we are going to begin with another Bouta history from the Clontarf anniversary book…

Thomas Bouta – Jane Clint Family History

Thomas Bouta (sometimes spelled Boutin) arrived in the Clontarf area from the Province of Quebec, Canada in 1870.  His coming here coincided with the completion of the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad as far as Benson in that year.

Thomas married Jane Clint whose father was at one time foreman and later roadmaster of the Benson division of the railroad.  Thomas was foreman of the grading crew of the railroad and also helped construct the first section house in Clontarf.  A Catholic service was held in this section house in 1871 by a Father McDermott (no relation to the Dominic McDermotts).  The first child born to Thomas and Jane Bouta on July 10, 1876 was the first “Clontarf” child baptized in the DeGraff Catholic Church on July 28, 1876.  The church was then named Our Lady of Kildare (later to be changed to St. Bridget’s).  Margaret and Mrs. Oscar (Florence) Arne are the two remaining members of the Thomas and Jane Bouta Family.

Rose Bouta (a child of Thomas and Jane Bouta) married Edmund Columbe in 1898 and they had twelve children of whom five are still living viz. Edward, Rosella, Florence, Margaret who became Sister Wilma of the Order of St. Joseph, and Emma.

I wasn’t aware that there would have been a section house in Clontarf as early as 1871 – that’s even before Randall Station, the precursor to Clontarf, was established.

Just what I need, this story throws another spelling into the mix: Boutin!

I would love to hear any comments, insights, or anecdotes about the Bouta(in) names and families.  Please leave a comment!

Tomorrow we will look at the hotelier Edward Boutain, Sr.


Filed under Early Settlers, Family Histories, French

8 responses to “I say Bouta, you say Boutain

  1. Diane

    Oh, my, what googling on a long weekend Monday night can lead you to!

    I’ve not undertaken it in earnest (yet) (retirement, maybe?), but occasionally google ancestors’ names. I’m particularly interested in tracking my maternal lineage.

    My grandmother was a Bouta/Boutin/Boutain, first name was Rose. And she was Canadian – French Canadian, but came to Minnesota from Saskatchewan, not Quebec. I *think* her mother was Belsimere, but I remember my grandmother telling of her journey from Saskatchewan through the Dakotas to Minnesota, which your rendition would suggest is inaccurate.

    The connection to the hotel also rings a bell, as does Clontarf. My mother was born in Murdock in 1917 the youngest of 5 born. My grandmother died in 1961 when I was but 10, so I never did have a chance to query her.

    I do recall my mother in the 70s – perhaps 80s – going to Saskatchewan for a family reunion. Would love to learn more.

    A wonderful site, thanks!

    • Anne Schirmer

      Welcome to Clontarf~! We hope you have fun (as we do). I live at Clontarf and enjoy helping others find “their people”, so ask away!
      I am also on the Board of the Swift County Historical Society (I am the youngest board member at 53). I want to ask you who did Rose marry? Where did she marry? Do you have ANY pictures? Would you like a picture of the Clontarf Hotel? There have been 2 photos of it I have seen. One has the Boutain family & others standing in front of it. ( The other photo has Chamberlains in it..)”Grandma & Grandpa Boutain” are at the end of the lineup…from left to right are Thomas Bouta, Sr., Alphie Boutin (on horseback) Ed Boutain Sr., Frank Goggin, Charlie Flynn, Annie Boutain Goggin (Frank’s wife) Delvina Boutain Boutin (married to Marcel Boutin), Leona Boutain Goggin (married to Pat Goggin, Sr.), Mrs. Clara Boutain Kessler, then grandma & grandpa. It states in the article that is was taken in 1915 “similar to the many old-time photographs that will be featured in the Swift County History Book. Then someone wrote 1905 at the top of the article…. The Hotel faced west, the backside of the Hotel was next to the railroad tracks that passed through from Benson to Hancock.

      • David Flynn

        Miss Schirmer,

        My name is David Flynn I am the son of William Flynn. My grandparents are Charles Flynn and Alma (Chamberlain) Flynn. My understanding is that my grandmother was from Clontarf and her family may have run the hotel. You mention that you have a picture of this hotel with a gentleman named Charlie Flynn in it. This may be my grandfather and I was wondering if you could send me a copy of this picture.

      • I will forward this on to Anne. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

      • Mary Jo Kelly

        My grand father was Odell coloumbe, son to Rosa Boutian, Grey cloud island. Minnesota. Odell Thomas had three girls, Rose Mary,June- my mother and Mary Jane.he was married to Sadie Busch.my Name is Mary Jo Kelly.

  2. Anne Schirmer

    There are many here in Clontarf that would be glad to help you with the genalogy search of the Bouta/Boutain/Boutin family.

  3. Neil Lageson

    My grandmother was Amelia Bouta, who married Julius Lageson. They lived in or near Benson their entire lives, as did all five of their children. I have seen )and family members still have a copy) of the Boutin/Boutain/Bouta family tree book compiled in the 1970s. Three spellings, one family. Here in the Starbuck area you will find Boutain. Besides us Lagesons from Benson, I know of McGee, O’Leary and Anderson families that are descendants of a Bouta.

  4. Researching my great great gramma Nevada Nager-Boutain m. to Frank Boutain Sr. Any info and pics please, Thank you.

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