The Lasserre brothers.
François Lasserre was born in 1861 in the small town of Estos, near Oloron Sainte-Marie in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques of South West France.
François Lasserre and Marie Bardet on the wedding day in 1901
Estos is near the French Basque region and the Parc National des Pyrénées. François left Estos in 1887 at the age of 16 and emigrated to the U.S., finally settling in San Francisco. He would open a florist shop and marry another French émigré Marie Bardet. They would have one daughter Emelie, born in 1903, my grandmother. They would survive they 1906 earthquake and great fire, but would lose everything and have to rebuild.
Jean Lasserre and Gracieuse Pedeuboy on their wedding day in 1909
Jean and Gracieuse Lasserre with their daughter Marie
François' younger brother Jean would also leave France for San Francisco and marry a fellow emigrant from Lucq-de-Béarn in Aquitaine, Gracieuse Pedeuboy. They would have one daughter Marie who would never marry. Jean worked for the municipal railway and was a streetcar driver. I am named after Jean and he was said to be a kind an honorable man. Today I wear the same wedding ring that Jean wore his entire married life. Besides a token from the man I am named for, he and Gracieuse were married on March 27th, the same day I met my future wife.