Memorable Manitobans: Joseph-Azarie Senecal (1841-1917)
Born at St. Marc, Quebec on 14 November 1841, he was educated in Verchère County Public School. After farming for several years he became a contractor at Belveil. From 1874 to 1877, he owned a sash and door factory at Montreal. In 1877 he came to Baie St. Paul where he farmed for seven years. From 1884 to 1891, he farmed at St. Francois Xavier and also kept a general store. He moved from there to St. Boniface to become an architect, planning many important buildings including churches, hospitals, schools and convents. In October 1869, he married Philomene Marie Pepin (1840-1902) and they had three children: Marie Antoinette Senecal (1870-?, wife of Henri Cusson), Georges Senecal (1876-?), and Francois Xavier Senecal (1888-1888). He was Justice of the Peace for East Marquette from 1877 to 1880, and for eleven years for Manitoba. He was Reeve of St. Francois Xavier between 1881 and 1884, Councillor for St. Boniface in 1896, Mayor of St. Boniface in 1901, and a school trustee for 29 years. He was a President of the St. Jean Baptiste Society (1901). He died at St. Boniface on 20 March 1917 and was buried in the family tomb in St. Boniface Cemetery.
Some of his architectural and building works in Manitoba included:
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Would upset will made by father,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 September 1917, page 8.
“Ask court to set aside will,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 February 1921, page 4.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
We thank Leslie Kozma for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 15 December 2019
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