Biography of Marc Joseph Tetreault

MARC JOSEPH TETREAULT – The main interest that centers in the industrious career of Mr. Tetreault is the dominating quality of perseverance, most exemplary throughout his life, whose success from the start was absolutely dependent upon his own efforts. His belief in performing well the work at hand is paramount, and his record of industry is one that exhibits a wholesome readiness to assume the task and the burden of many trades in order eventually to arrive at a hoped-for goal. When twenty-six years ago, he discovered the road to his vocation, it proved the beginning of a lucrative venture that should emerge in the present extensive horse mart at Greenfield, that has a repute for excellence that is not limited to the western part of the State. His square dealing with the public in all his business activities has brought the desired result of his independent and progressive establishment. He is a son of Isaac and Honorine (Lefebre) Tetreault, both of Canada, the genealogy of three generations of the paternal line being as follows

(I) John Baptiste Tetreault, who was born in Quebec, Canada, spent his entire life there as a farmer, and died in the town of Ely, Quebec, at the age of eighty-five years. His children were: John B.; Isaac, of further mention; Marcelle; Timothy; Joseph, and Salime.

(II) Isaac Tetreault, son of John Baptiste Tetreault, was born in St. Cesare, Quebec, Canada, in 1833, and died in Lawrenceville, Canada, in 1882. Accounted a man of good business qualifications, he conducted a farm and a general store at Stukely, Quebec. In politics, he was a Liberal. He married Honorine Lefebre, of Laprarie, Canada, who died at Greenfield, Massachusetts, in 1902. They were the parents of:

  1. Isaac, deceased.
  2. Joseph, who lives in Penacook, New Hampshire.
  3. Fred. who died in childhood.
  4. Leopoldine, who died aged eleven years.
  5. Adelard, deceased.
  6. William, deceased.
  7. Norbert, deceased.
  8. Marc Joseph, of further mention.
  9. Edmund, a farmer in Bernardston, Massachusetts.
  10. Evangeline, deceased.
  11. Ernest, who resides in Greenfield.
  12. Francois, whose home is in Providence, Rhode Island.

(III) Marc Joseph Tetreault, son of Isaac Tetreault, was born at Stukely, in the Province of Quebec, Canada, June 26, 1869, and attended school at Lawrenceville, in Canada. On account of the death of his father, his school life was shortened, and from that time onwards his experience included a round of hard work at whatever he might find to do. Therefore, with his mother and her four children he emigrated to the United States in 1885, at first settling at Central Falls, Rhode Island, where for a short time he was employed in a cotton mill, after which he worked in a grocery store in the same place, and drove a team of horses. He then went to Penacook, New Hampshire, where he chopped wood during one winter at the rate of sixty-five cents a cord, afterwards being in the employ of the Penacook Street Department for six months. He went to Charlemont, Massachusetts, where he drove a four-horse team eighteen months for George Blanchard; afterwards going to Penacook, New Hampshire. His brother, Adelard, was proprietor of a meat market in that town. He was in the employ of his brother for two years, after which he went to Suncook, where he established a market in his own name. Disposing of his business there in a year, he successively opened a store of his own in the same line at Central Falls, Rhode Island; disposing of his business there and again joining his brother Adelard, who had established another meat and provision store at Attleboro, Massachusetts. Mr. Tetreault came to Greenfield in 1896, and here he was in various ways concerned with industry, whether selling ice for the George Wright ice concern, engaged in house painting and paper hanging both for himself and others; or, in 1902 establishing his own store in the paints and paper line. It was about that year that he started to deal in horses, and it was not long before he had built up an extensive business. In 1917, he purchased his present large establishment of about thirty-one acres in the Greenfield Meadows, where he erected new stables and a very fine residence. Here he constructed his fine sales and exchange stables, and in the course of his business he has disposed of as many as 3,400 horses in the course of a year. He spends his winters in Florida, where he has purchased an extensive tract of land at St Petersburg, which he has in the course of development, and which bids fair to bring him large returns for his investment. He is a member of the St. Jean Baptiste Society, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Mr. Tetreault married, April 27, 1898, Delia Mary Peon, of Greenfield, Massachusetts, a daughter of Edos and Aurelia (Lessard) Peon, and they are the parents of:

  1. Anna May, who was born August 13, 1899, and who married Floyd E. Rice, of Greenfield.
  2. Marion Rose, born January 24, 1901.
  3. William Alfred, who was born September 6, 1902.
  4. Josephine Emma, who was born February 21, 1911.


Lockwood, John H. (John Hoyt); Bagg, Ernest Newton; Carson, Walter S. (Walter Scott); Riley, Herbert E. (Herbert Elihu); Boltwood, Edward; Clark, Will L. (Will Leach); Western Massachusetts A History 1636-1925; New York and Chicago: Lewis historical publishing company, inc., 1926

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