Three generations of the descendants of Joseph and Anna Archambault pose for a photograph at the Forget family’s celebration of 100 years in St. Lucie
County. The family has remained active in the citrus business for much of that time.
Forget family celebrates 100 years
in St. Lucie County
BY CATHERINE ENNS GRIGAS
A retreat to a warmer climate has always been
part of Florida’s lure. That was especially the
case for one St. Lucie County family that can
attribute its 100 years here to a more extreme
version of that story.
Joseph Archambault was a Canadian originally from
Quebec. He had worked in the silver mines at Cobalt, Ont.,
where the temperatures often dropped to 40 degrees below
zero. The frigid temperatures were affecting his health, so his
doctor suggested he move to Argentina or Florida. In 1912,
Joseph and his wife, Anna, decided to try Florida first.
Their decision to move to the small town of Fort Pierce was
based on their strong Catholic faith, says their grandson and
now the family patriarch, Louis C. Forget. Fort Pierce already
Anna and Joseph Archambault in their early days in Fort Pierce.