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Memorable Manitobans: Jacques Parent (1864-1918)

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Jacques Parent
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Pioneer, MLA (1914-1915), MLA (1916-1918).

Born at Rimouski, Quebec on 24 September 1864, he came west in 1886 and was a locomotive fireman on the Winnipeg-Emerson railway line. Later he acquired property in the west and settled at Letellier.

On 28 May 1894, he married Ida Odile Henry (1864-1934). They had five children: Jacques Henri Parent (1895-?), Florentine Parent (1898-?), Ambroise Michael Parent (1903-1989), Mestor Parent (1906-?), and Ida Blanche Adelaide Parent (1908-?). In 1914, he was elected Conservative MLA for Morris and was re-elected in 1915.

He served until his death, which occurred at Rochester, Minnesota on 6 February 1918. Buried in the St. Pie Roman Catholic Cemetery, he is commemorated by Parent Street in Winnipeg.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Member for Morris dies at Rochester,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 February 1918, page 7.

Death registration [Ida Parent], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Ambrose Michael Parent], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 August 1989, page 41.

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

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: 2 May 2022

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