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Continuing my series about the Village québécois d'antan... the history of a people tells how they are... I will tell you that Quebecers are generous. I present you a piece of their history...

Quêteux = beggar

"Most of the houses in Quebec had a 'bench for the quêteux'. Made of wood, long, the seat of this bench was equipped with a lid. It became thus a kind of case which allowed to store the lean luggage of the visitor. This bench was part of the furniture of the house and it was almost always installed close to the entrance door. It was used as bed and allowed to charitable people to accomodate the beggar for the night."

"The social security, the unemployment insurance... did not exist yet. If someone didn't have family, nor work and no source of income, this person had recourse to public charity. In the countryside, it was thus not rare to see arriving, with the beautiful season, a "quêteux". This beggar, coming from somewhere, was waited every year. Most of the people welcomed him and gave proof of a great generosity, influenced, we know very well, by the religion very present at that time."

The text above is a translation of part of a Capsule of history by Bibiane Grenier, I invite you to read the entire text, it is very interesting... here you have the text (in French):
http://legrenierdebibiane.com/capsule/page_queteux.html

I add a detail I learned watching at the famous TV series "Les belles histoires des pays d'en haut": there were places which had their official quêteux, authorized by a document.

In Workshop, a hand cranked washing machine.

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