This alarm clock belonged to Father Hector Marcotte. He probably used it for the first time on his boat trip to Rome in 1905.

The son of Eugène Marcotte, an accountant, and Eugénie Godin, Hector Marcotte was born in Montreal on July 31, 1881. He did his classical studies at the Séminaire Saint-Joseph de Trois-Rivières and completed his theology at the Grand Séminaire in the same location. In 1902, he obtained his bachelor’s degree from the Université Laval. He was ordained as a priest by Msgr. François-Xavier Cloutier in the seminary chapel in 1905.

Wishing to perfect his theological knowledge, he left the same year for Rome, where he attended the Pontificio Collegio Urbano de Propaganda Fide (Pontifical Urban College for the Propagation of the Faith) and Minerva University for two years. Upon returning with a doctorate in theology, he first turned to teaching as a professor of philosophy at the Séminaire Saint-Joseph de Trois-Rivières from 1907 to 1934, then assumed administrative tasks such as that of superior from 1934 to 1937. At the Grand Séminaire de Trois-Rivières, he taught dogmatic theology (1917-1930) and ecclesiastical law (1916-1948).

He died in 1978 at the respectable age of 96.

Donation from the estate of Hector Marcotte
Musée Pierre-Boucher Collection
1996 4 M