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Fishing and various professions

Fishing and various professions

Text by André Buffet
Translation by Katherine Bourguignon
Photography and layout by Jean-Michel Peers
Postcards from the Terra Foundation for American Art

The consumption of fresh water fish was common; the quality of the water, even the Seine,
allowed for the presence of highly valued fish such as salmon.

Having a special license allowed professional fishermen to use certain fishing techniques on the
Seine forbidden to others: nets, keepnets, longlines… The fish they caught were kept alive in
netted fishtanks submerged in the Seine. Fish were removed as needed for sales. (A. Picard)
An anecdote – you can see the kayak of the Rivière Family in the background.

As for industry, these were basically related to food-processing: three grain mills processed the
local production of cereals. After 1918, a miller named Monsieur Gens used a Saurer
truck leftover from the First World War to deliver his goods.

EXCERPT from the ORIGINAL and SUPPLEMENTAL MATRIX of licensed tradesmen
intended for the making of the consular election list.
2 Master Masons: Picard, Edouard; Singeot, Emile
1 Painter of buildings – non-contractor: Lecanu, Charles
2 Food shops – grocer’s store; poultry salesmen
2 Publicans with billiard table: Chevallier, Jean-Désiré; Legrand, Joseph
1 Publican: Revert, Léon
1 Publican landlord: Duval, Faustin Emile
1 Hotel: Baudy, Lucien

Added to these professions are several interesting activities: the fishing and sale
of leeches, the collection of cowpats, as well as:

1 manager of “meurgers” (shallow quarries furnishing small components for construction)
1 merchant of nickel silver objects and other metallic compositions: Ledanois Georges
1 merchant with car, manager of machines to sort, clean and winnow grain: Brandin Louis
2 boats for transporting people “patachiers”: Leguay Jean-Louis, Suzé Ambroise
And still other activities begun or developped due to the presence of artists.
6 Landlords of furnished apartments: Revert Lucien, Oudinet Emile, Singeot Alexandre,
Suzé Maxime Ambroise, Hervieu Simon, Ledoyen Victor
3 Laudress Pressers (Consular elections)

During this time, people used natural resources located nearby to fulfill their needs. For example,
Monsieur Pont, a member of the town council before the war, used a small, artisanal sand
quarry in the “Bois Garenne” between the hill and the plateau. He extracted sand
for rabbits. One can still see traces of his quarry. (Daniel Goupil)

other sizes: small original
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