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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Albert Prendergast (1862-1918)

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Born at Quebec City on 14 February 1862, son of James Prendergast, he was educated in Quebec and became an accountant in 1879. In 1882 he came to Manitoba. He was assistant librarian of the provincial house until 1889. In 1904 he was appointed French clerk to the Dominion Lands Office at Winnipeg. He was recording secretary and vice-president of the St. Jean Baptiste Society, and a trustee of the St. Boniface School Board. In 1916 he was elected chief ranger of Manitoba of the Catholic Foresters, and provincial secretary of the Catholic Foresters of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. In 1887, he married Yvonne Betournay, daughter of Louis Bétournay, and they had seven children.

He died at St. Boniface on 28 December 1918.

Sources:

A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 July 2010

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