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Memorable Manitobans: Elzear Lagimodiere (1838-1916)

Metis leader.

Born at St. Boniface on 3 March 1838, son of Jean Baptiste “la Prairie” Lagimodière (1808-1886) and Marie Harrison (1806-1865), grandson of Jean Baptiste Lagimodière and Marie-Anne Gaboury, he was a member of the council of Louis Riel. Arrested with Riel and Lepine, he was released when it was shown that he had saved the life of William Gowdie and had attempted to save Thomas Scott. He and wife Sarah Goulet (1839-1926) had at least six children, including William Lagimodiere, Anna Lagimodiere (1871-1959, wife of Odule Ferland), Elise Lagimodiere (1873-?), Helene Lagimodiere (1876-1939, wife of ? Dufault), Sara Jeanne Lagimodiere (1877-?), and Marie Louise Lagimodiere (1891-?). He died at Lorette on 11 March 1916 and was buried in the Notre Dame de Lorette Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Death claims a member council of Louis Riel,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 March 1916. [Biographical Scrapbook B6, Manitoba Legislative Library]

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Wayne Inkster and Marisa Ness for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 May 2021

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