Memorable Manitobans: Edward Francis Gigot (1847-1928)
Merchant, MLA (1883-1886).
Born on 30 May 1847, he came to the Red River Settlement around 1871 and established a trading post at St. Laurent on Lake Manitoba. He became employed with the Hudson’s Bay Company in June 1873, working for three years as a clerk at White Horse Plains (Manitoba) then being posted to the company’s stores at Portage la Prairie where, in 1880, he purchased a watch taken from a soldier killed at the Little Big Horn battle four years earlier. He quit the HBC in 1882, took up residence at St. Francois Xavier, and was elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the 1883 general election, serving a single term. He rejoined the HBC in 1885 and was put in charge of the company posts at Manitou and Morden. In 1886 he established a post at Macleod, North West Territories [now Alberta] which he managed until 1901, when he moved to Nelson, British Columbia to take a similar position there. He retired in 1915 and died at Nelson on 3 December 1928.
“Custer’s last fight,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 September 1890, page 4.
“City and general,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 February 1901, page 10.
“Veteran Hudson Bay man retires,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 March 1915, page 7.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Edward Francis Gigot, Hudson’s Bay Company Biographical Sheets, Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 4 July 2017