Last Witness To CU HistoryPasses
MANCHESTER, N.H. - (07/20/06) Gilberte Boivin Brosseau, thelast living person to have been present at the 1908 opening ofAmericas first credit union, St. Marys Bank, passedaway last week. The 101-year-old Brosseau, the daughter of thepresident of St. Marys Bank, met at the opening withAlphonse Desjardin, the famous Quebecois credit union pioneer, andMonsignor Heve, who was the driving force behind the formation ofSt. Marys Bank. Ms. Brosseaus childhood home was alsothe offices of the original St. Marys Bank and today is hometo Americas Credit Union Museum on Notre Dame St. Sheprovided organizers of the museum with details about the way thecredit union office and family home looked in 1908. Ms.Brosseaus father, Joseph Boivin, was a practicing attorneywho became president of the credit union when it wasformed.