Alfred Lévesque was born on January 22, 1893 in Frenchville, Maine. He was the son of Damase Lévesque and Élise Cyr. Damase was a baker known for his good business sense. On September 25, 1916, Alfred married Albertine Collin, a native of Saint-Hilaire (N.B.).
Albertine Collin, daughter of Pierre Collin and Anne Cyr, was born June 6, 1895 in Saint-Hilaire, N.B. where she grew up. Her father was said to have been involved in smuggling alcohol following her marriage to Alfred. The family residence was known as a place where alcohol was distilled and hidden.
It was probably during those years that Alfred met the notorious bootlegger Maxime Albert, also from Saint-Hilaire (N.B.), with whom he began his illicit activities.
A handsome and strapping young man, Alfred Lévesque quickly established himself at the head of what would become the largest smuggling ring in Eastern Quebec. In his personal notes, Father David Thériault, his most fervent opponent, describes him as follows:
Georges Mars, a journalist from Quebec City, wrote as follows about the biggest and most likeable bootlegger this country has ever known: “A secret association of 2,000 small time bootleggers. About 500 stolen cars. 800 employees. An army of nearly a thousand workmen carrying rifles, revolvers and knives. The police have been bought. Influential politicians protect criminals. Murderers on the loose… all of the above has been written to introduce you to… Fred Levesque…”