Preparing to Excavate Little Proulx's House

June 11, 2012 Posted by: Meagan Huff

Little Proulx's house

Today we are preparing for next week's field school. A backhoe is removing asphalt from two areas in the South Barracks, corresponding to two house sites in the Village.

This area was the site of a major intersection in the Village, where a road leading to the Village intersected with what is now East 5th Street. In 1846, to the west of this road were located the houses of three French Canadian servants of the Hudson's Bay Company: Charlebois, Little Proulx, and de Roche. The location where this photo was taken corresponds to Little Proulx's House.

There are very few records available to tell us who Little Proulx was, but church records indicate that his full name was probably Francois Proulx. On January 31, 1845, at the age of 31, Proulx married a Chinook woman named Catherine. Witnesses at their wedding were their neighbors in the Village, Charles and Nancy de Roche. Baptism and burial records tell us that the Proulxs had a daughter, Louise, at Fort Vancouver, who was born and died in 1852. There are no records of Little Proulx at Fort Vancouver after 1852.

According to historic maps, these houses were probably demolished around 1855, and the wood was salvaged by settlers and U.S. Army soldiers to use as firewood and building materials.

This summer, excavations in this historically residential area will reveal more information about what life was like in Fort Vancouver's employee Village.

22 Comments Comments icon

  1. 1
    July 26, 2018 at 04:14


  2. 1
    July 26, 2018 at 04:11


  3. 1
    July 26, 2018 at 04:10


  4. Jack
    April 12, 2018 at 09:02

    Nice Post

  5. click here
    March 04, 2018 at 06:44

    Hello there, just was alert to your weblog via Google, and located that it is really informative. I will be grateful when you continue this in future. Many other people will probably be benefited from your writing.

  6. Nikki
    February 13, 2018 at 07:02

    Great article

  7. Nikki
    February 13, 2018 at 07:02

    Great article

  8. physiotherapy clinics in sharjah
    January 23, 2018 at 03:25

    Very good written information. It will be valuable to anybody who employees it, as well as yours truly :). Keep up the good work – for sure i will check out more posts.

  9. Voicemail Marketing
    January 20, 2018 at 02:49

    Your style is really unique in comparison to other folks I’ve read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this blog.

  10. Blade and shade Burlington
    January 18, 2018 at 03:54

    Magnificent website. Lots of useful information here. I am sending it to a few pals ans also sharing in delicious. And of course, thanks for your sweat!

  11. Blade and shade Burlington
    January 11, 2018 at 07:36

    Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back often!

  12. PMP Certification in bangalore
    January 07, 2018 at 02:44

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  13. Voicemail Marketing
    January 06, 2018 at 02:54

    Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

  14. December 14, 2015 at 10:46

    Supercharge your marketing campaign with our social media promotion services. Buy high quality likes/followers/views at highly competitive prices and with fast delivery. Get 1,000 Google+ Ones from:- 5) 5,000 Instagram Followers from:- You can also order smaller or bigger package from our official website.

  15. August 06, 2015 at 03:41

  16. March 24, 2015 at 07:44

    I have been so interested for years in the Phoenix buttons and to have a name connected to one is very exciting to me. HOw I wish I could be a volunteer and run screens on such projects. Thanks for the post.

  17. December 26, 2014 at 02:59

    I had no idea that a Proulx help settle the Northwest. I to have married a Hispanic. Sounds like it runs in the family. If there are other Proulx's in the area feel free to contact

  18. August 31, 2013 at 10:58

    Wonderful to find this! Paul Charlebois was my great great grandfather.

  19. June 22, 2012 at 11:03

    I wish we knew more about the PRoulx family. How sad that there daughter died. It is horrible that she only lived one year.. I wonder if they had more children. I hope they had a happy life. It makes me sad if they didn't.

  20. June 22, 2012 at 10:26

    Thank you for giving "life" to Little Proulx's house....a young man likely full of dreams marries with his neighbors by his side. That story could be one of today and yet it represents the "marrying" of cultures, peoples in a new land. This young family was full of promise and the loss of their child was heartbreaking. We can learn so much from the people of this multi-cultural village. Keep up the important work that you do and please keep sharing. We as a people can learn so much!

  21. June 20, 2012 at 10:07

    I can't wait to see what you find!

  22. June 20, 2012 at 09:24

    This is very important information. I did not know the village had so many different kinds of people. I think I will need to visit this national park.

Leave this field empty
Required information

Post A Comment

Last updated: June 18, 2012

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

612 E Reserve St
Vancouver , WA 98661


(360) 816-6230

Contact Us