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The New England Three-Decker: An Immigrant's Home

Lorraine Gauthier has lived in her family's three apartment house at 33 Thomas Street in Southbridge, Massachusetts, for nearly all of her life. When she was born on the third floor of this three-decker, her grandfather, an immigrant from French Canada, owned the building. He passed it on to Lorraine's father, Theopile Dupuis, and to her Uncle Ludger, each of their families occupying one of the floors. Theopile eventually bought out his brother's share and finally sold the house to Lorraine and Edward Gauthier, who live on the first floor today.

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