According to the Wikepedia Web Site for the Town of Lafleche, Saskatchewan; (double click link) Hubert Brooks was one of the 16 original signators to a petition to have Lafleche incorporated as a village - which it was in 1913.
Hotel Metropole in Lafleche Saskatchewan was co-owned and operated by the Brooks Family with Frank Brunelle.
See Wikepedia Web Site for the Town of Lafleche, Saskatchewan; for reference to the Hotel Metropole.
The Turtle Montain Star newspaper clipping shown in Section 8.2 had this hotel as 3 storeys and 30 rooms.
Sons Alfred and Aimé helped Hubert run the Hotel Metropole.
The Lafleche Town Hall records note that in 1914 Hubert Brooks and family lived on Lot 3 in Block 11 in LaFleche (see red dots on map).
IF indeed the assertion is correct that the Metropole Hotel was located right across the street from the A.N. Bourassa & Sons General Store, then just like in St. John, Hubert would be operating a business right across the street from his friend Bourassa. (as a side note, Clara T. H. Grégoire (b. Feb 6, 1893), daughter of Alphonse Grégoire, who in turn was the brother of Marie Grégoire Brooks, Clara had married Bourassa in Grand Forks and the couple had moved to LaFleche - so there was another blood relation "in town"). Also circa 1911 the Bedard's and MvNabb's (each of whom had married a Cyr daughter) moved to LaFleche.
In 1915, many new businesses opened up in the town of LaFleche.
In 1913, Alfred (Fred) Brooks left Lafleche to find his fortune in Alberta. The oft-repeated DREAM of Edmonton West ... "free land, where a man might become rich overnight, fertile land just waiting a man's plows, a land of temperate climate with the blessing of the Chinook, luscious grass belly-high to a tall horse, sod just waiting to be turned"...was just too irresitable for Alfred to ignore.
In late 1915, early 1916 Hubert Brooks, wife Marie and young sons Joseph and Otto left LaFleche for Bluesky Alberta to join sons Fred and Aimé.
Marie Brooks discussed the Peace River move with her brothers Tancrede, Alphonse, and Siffroid Grégoire, and although they briefly considerd also moving to Peace River they elected instead to remain in Grand Forks County - a wise move as it would turn out.
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