Biography of Onesine Joassin de Landrecie of Fargo, North Dakota

Onesine Joassin de Landrecie, one of the leading merchants of Fargo, North Dakota, was born December 11, 1845, at Cedars, province of Quebec, son of Benjamin Joassin and Esther Sequin de Landrecie. The family is an old one and emigrated from their ancestral home at Landrecie in the north of France. He was located in Chicago until the great fire in 1871, when he went to Jason City, Miss., and engaged in general merchandising till 1879, when he sold his interests, and came to Fargo, erected a store building, which he opened for business in October of the same year. This store has grown from a frontage of twenty-five feet to a large department store with a frontage of one hundred feet, and is the largest institution of its kind in the state. He is vice president and one of the incorporators of the Fargo National Bank, and owner of the famous Chimney Butte or the Maltese Cross Ranch, which was occupied by President Roosevelt while he was a resident of North Dakota. He is also owner of 11,000 acres of coal land at Sentinel, Butte, Billings county. Mr. de Landrecie is a thirty-second degree Mason and a member of the Commercial and various society clubs.

On September 7, 1879, he was married to Helen Josephine Basefe, at Racine, Wisconsin.


C.F. Cooper & Company, History of the Red River Valley, Past And Present: Including an Account of the Counties, Cities, Towns And Villages of the Valley From the Time of Their First Settlement And Formation, volumes 1-2; Grand Forks: Herald printing company, 1909.

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