You may be curious to know when my French feline relations arrived in America. You have to go back several generations, but the Le Chat line runs through my maternal ancestry. In 1926, Cyrano Le Chat, Ship's Cat First Class, sailed on the newly-constructed French passenger liner, S.S. Île de France, which was the first post-World War I French vessel to exceed 40,000 tons.
Cyrano disembarked in New York City to requisition canned tuna-in-oil for his feline shipmates when he was abducted by a sixteen-year-old American girl from Brooklyn, Clarice Monsanto, who was at the docks awaiting her grandparents' arrival on another ship. Clarice assumed Cyrano was a stray who needed a home. So, like it or not, he had one, in which he eventually settled down. One of his offspring's grandkitties, Renne Le Chat, accompanied Clarice's daughter, Midge, in her move to Plainfield, Indiana, in 1959 (her husband, Walter Padgett, worked for F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co. in Indianapolis). Midge's son, Paulto, moved to Mooresville in 1983, bringing another of Cyrano's descendants, Parfait Le Chat. Matou Le Chat was one of Parfait's descendants, which means so am I.