Memorable Manitobans: Horace Belanger (1836-1892)
Born at Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec on 11 June 1836, son of Édouard Bélanger (?-1853) and Marie-Sophie Casgrain (?-1887), he was described as a “great burly man with jet black curly hair, full beard and must have weighed over 300 pounds.” Entering the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1853, he held a variety of posts, at Sault Ste. Marie, Michipicoten, Fort Albany, Fort Alexander, Cumberland House, and Fort A-La-Corne. On 27 August 1861, he married Rosalie Marion (?-1887) at St. Boniface and they had 11 children. In 1885 he was appointed Chief Factor of the Cumberland and Saskatchewan Districts and, four years later, Chief Factor at Norway House. He was a corresponding member of the Manitoba Historical Society during this time, donating several items to its collections. He drowned at Sea Falls in the Nelson River, when his canoe capsized, on 1 October 1892.
“Mr. H. Belanger drowned,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 October 1892, page 1.
“The recent sad accident,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 October 1892, page 4.
HBC Biographical Sheets, Hudson’s Bay Company Archives.
1892 Annual Report, Manitoba Historical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 23 November 2019