St. Remi is a little town in Napierville, Quebec, where my grandmother and great grandmother were born. Both immigrated to north Berkshire County, Massachusetts in the early 1900's. Today, it remains small with a population of about 7000, and is still overwhelmingly French. Wikipedia has little more to say about the place.
But what kind of community was it historically? Predominantly farmland? Any manufacturing? A church based theocracy? Does anyone have any stories?
I am especially curious what St. Remi was like around the turn of the last century when my Robert relatives left. I wonder if the exodus was driven mostly by a lack of jobs or the English-French friction from earlier in the 1800's had anything to do with it.
Pictures to add to my profiles would be nice, too!