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Memorable Manitobans: Jules Decorby (1841-1916)

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Jules Decorby
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Born at Viviers, France on 3 March 1841, he came to Canada in 1867 and one of the first six Oblates to come to western Canada, serving until 1915. He was a fluent speaker of practically every language spoken in the West, and travelled by foot, horseback, and buckboard. He died at the Juniorate of the Oblate Fathers, St. Boniface, on 19 October 1916 and was buried on the bank of the Assiniboine River near St. Charles Catholic Church.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ste. Madeleine Cemetery (RM of Ellice-Archie)


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Decorby 1 of 6 great preachers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 October 1916, page 21.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Decorby, Jules. Personalities photograph files, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Michelle Decorby for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 May 2019

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