The Jean-Baptiste Degoux Society Gazette

This space was founded by the Jean-Baptiste Degoux Society to gather all information about and create a deeper insight in the person and mystery of Jean-Baptiste Degoux (1859- ?), poet, philosopher, camper, archeologist, mail-artist, photographer, inventor, musician, cook, composer, social worker and finally founder of degouism.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Fréres Degoux Dolmens et Menhirs

Jean-Baptiste Degoux on the Koornmarkt, Town of Ghent.

A photograph showing Jean-Baptiste Degoux (on the left, trying to hide his face from the camera but identified by the shoes he wore in that time) dripping off from the Koornmarkt, centre of Gent.

Behind him we can see his furniture being sold public after a bankruptcy, which was one of the darkest facts in his life.
On the right hand side we can still notice his older brother Aimé Degoux just before he disappears from the picture and also from the life of Jean-Baptiste.
The brothers lived together for two years and in that time they founded the ' Frères Degoux Dolmens et Menhirs ' company, a commercial adventure that , unfortunately, did not result in a huge success.
Our Society has proof of the order of only one menhir on a scale of 1:10 ( that is still standing in a suburb of the town, Terre-Cochon ) by the Dumoulin family. The standing stone was never paid for.

But later on, after being experienced more on his journeys through Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and Wales, Jean-Baptiste Degoux moved to the south of Belgium and started the business again without his brother Aimé, this time with more success.

posted by MaCo


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sirs,

I agree on your these that Mr Degoux wasn't quite a financial genius. Although, what he lacked in economics, was compensated by his brilliant ideas. This enlightened man was years ahead on his time.
The brightness of his thoughts contrasted with the backward views of his comtemporaries.
It is said he was the first person in the world to try to develop an automatic raisor driven by a steam engine (and this decades before electicity was even invented).
An even more amazing proof of his intelligence is the fact that, in 1908, after a heated discussion about the quality of the local beers in the pub 'Le Damnier', he was found looking in the Saint Bavon cathedral for the missing panel of the mystic lamb, 'The just Judges', in 1908, twenty six years before it was even stolen in 1934. Say no more!!!
This great man was a blessing for the young belgian nation of the end of the 19th en the beginning of the 20th century.
yours sincerely,

Paul-Henri (Maurice) Muylaert

7:59 PM  
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10:49 PM  
Blogger MaCo said...

A comment of Mr Muylaert is always a treat, and so it is this time.
His knowledege of the life of Mr Degoux and his historical background is a bless for our Society and his new angles and refreshing thought do stimulate all members to go on with the good work.
What struck me most of all this time were the new elements he brought on concerning the missing panel of the Mystic Lamb. It can not be a coinsidence that only one week ago member and co-founder Mr PS did mention the connection between Jean-Baptiste Degoux and this well-know fact, with a mysterious glimpse in his eyes. But the most renewing point of view of Mr Muylaert here is to search for the solution in the period BEFORE the panel was stolen. As far as I know, no hypothesis was ever built on these thoughts. This story will go on.

Concerning Mr Degoux' invention: this too is new for me, but does a prototype still exist? Are there any plans or sketches?

Thanks again, Mr Muylaert!

10:53 PM  

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