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Memorable Manitobans: Delphine Rivard (1871-1966)

Pioneer, midwife.

Born in Massachusetts on 9 June 1871, eldest of nine children born to Quebec immigrants Delphine and Maxime Duprey, the family came to the Dakota Territory where she assisted her mother in gardening, raising poultry, tending beehives, and caring for the younger children. On 5 April 1888, she married Jean Baptiste “JB” Rivard (1860-1947) and they homesteaded for a time near Neche until, in 1902, they moved to a farm near Ste. Elizabeth. In addition to raising their children and boarding local teachers and foster children, she tended the medical needs of the community and served as a midwife. She retired to Ste. Elizabeth in 1940, died there on 14 February 1966, and was buried in the Ste. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Cemetery. She was selected posthumously as a Manitoba Woman Trailblazer.


Delphine Rivard (1871-1966), The Nellie McClung Foundation.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Pauline Chudzik for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 October 2021

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