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Memorable Manitobans: Maurice “Morris” Duprey (1873-1945)

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Maurice Duprey
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Farmer, MLA (1921-1922).

Born at Lowell, Massachusetts on 31 March 1873, he lived at Leroy, North Dakota before coming to Canada in 1897 where he farmed in the Rural Municipality of Montcalm.

He and wife Mary Longtin (1873-1951) had six children: Maurice Duprey (1894-1989), Emma Duprey (1897-1939, wife of Achille Roy), Joseph Leon Edouard “Leo” Duprey (1905-?), Joseph Mathias Ernest “Matt” Duprey (1909-1968), Marie Esmerilda Florence Duprey (1912-1964), and Philip Emy Duprey (1914-1989). Elected in 1920 to the Manitoba Legislature for the Carillon constituency, defeating incumbent Albert Prefontaine by 48 votes, in 1922 and 1923 elections, Duprey again ran against Prefontaine, losing each time. He was defeated again in the 1932 provincial general election.

He died at his home near Ste. Elizabeth on 7 October 1945 and was buried in the Ste. Elizabeth Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [Matt Ernest Duprey], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 1968, page 42.

Obituary [Philip Emy Duprey], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 June 1989, page 40.

Obituary [Maurice Duprey], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 June 1989, page 44.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 January 2021

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