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.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Mr Vervelghen's bicycle

Mr Degoux biking his way home through the Langemunt

It is a generally accepted fact that Jean-Baptiste Degoux did not take the shortest way home, directly after he was confronted with the dramatic bankruptcy of his firm ' Frères Degoux Dolmens et Menhirs '.

In fact, there are proofs of evidence that Mr Degoux the day after in the early morning did lend a left-alone bicycle from Mr Vervelghen in an effort to enter his appartment in the Lange Steenstraat still on a reasonable hour and there meet his brother Aimé to talk out the problems that had occurred the day before.

Of course he could not know at that very moment his brother was trying to get some sleep a little further on a bench at the Vrijdagmarkt in the early morning shadows of the statue of Jacob Van Artevelde and had already decided not take the way back home again.

' Maane velo stond hiere, en neu est ee wegh ', Mr Vervelghen declared to the local police.
The bicycle most probably ended at the bottom of one of the town's romantic waters and was never found back.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Contribution from pending member Mr JS part 3

The Jean-Baptiste Degoux Society hereby presents to the public the third part of the extensive contribution of pending member JS.
In this last chapter JS concentrates on a particular fact in the life of Mr Degoux, being his presumed relationship with Mrs Greyp.

We present these pictures with the text that was sent with them, but again the Society wants to draw the attention to the fact that it is not responsible for the historical value of it.

Mrs. Julia Greyp in 1928 on a car trip with JBD.

The car is not his, but lent from a friend. Miss (at that time) JG in her early twenties, JBD an already somewhat olderly men, but still very vital. JG remembers the trip well:
'We went to the countryside. We had fun, but afther some time, in the middle of a forest the car halted suddenly. Afther a quick inspection JBD said it was the 'piston'. He said the engine had to cool off for a long time and we 'll have to spent the night in the car. To our suprise we found blankets, food and wine in the booth. It was a night to remember. Next morning , as JBD had predicted, the motor started again and we drove home. '

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Last picture is Mrs. Greyp in 1992, without any comment.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Co-founder PS without any trace

PS in better days, amidst the Irish mountains

The Jean-Baptiste Degoux society is sad to announce to our public the disappearance of our beloved member and co-founder PS.
Mr PS left us three weeks ago for the Degoux symposium in Rennes with the promise to come back with lots of useful information concerning the person of Jean-Baptiste Degoux, but since then we didn't receive any news.

Anyway, we keep looking foreward to his report and wish him all the best. The Jean-Baptiste Degoux Society wants to express its full confidence towards his person but in the mean time its deepest concern about his current situation and all this to his family and relatives too.

Also, the Society wanted to do an appeal to anyone who could help us to find back our beloved co-founder or give us information that leads us to him.

A beautiful reward is waiting here in our office.

Posted by MaCo

Saturday, March 05, 2005


The Jean-Baptiste Degoux Society is currently sitting.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005


The corrected back of Eugene Degoux

Pending member JS sent us this correction today of his contribution we received last week. This should definitely be a picture of the back of Eugene Degoux.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Contribution from pending member Mr JS part 2

Presumed portrait of Mr Degoux with unidentified person nr 1

Revealing pictures out of the collection of Mrs. Greyp, showing Mr JB Degoux in action in Paris. (year unknown, two pictures about 80% certainty about autenticity,the other 67%).


Hereby the Jean-Baptiste Degoux Society presents the second part of the extensive contribution that was presented to us by pending member Mr JS.

It consists of three presumed portraits of Mr Degoux in the company of a female person ( it is not clear if this is three times the same individual).
According to the decent hairstyle Mr Degoux wore on the pictures, it is not clear whether this shot was taken by surprise or it was posed. Also, the identity of the second person on the photograph is unknown.

We do have information Mr Degoux did, during his stays in Paris, some modelling work.

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Presumed portrait of Mr Degoux with unidentified person nr 2

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Presumed portrait of Mr Degoux with unidentified person, nr 3

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