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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Turenne (1845-1920)

Municipal official, butcher, magistrate.

Born at Repentigny, Quebec on 12 September 1845, he arrived in Manitoba with Joseph Royal in November 1870 and settled at St. Norbert. The next year he was appointed clerk of the Provencher county court. In 1882 he moved to St. Boniface where he became clerk of the Dominion lands office. He was dismissed in April 1897 then established a butchery which he operated until 1910. He served as Mayor of St. Boniface from 1903 to 1905, in which capacity he attended the 1905 founding meeting in Brandon of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities. He was stipendiary magistrate at the St. Boniface police court (1904-1917).

On 21 August 1872, he married Adele Royal (1851-1894), sister of Joseph Royal. They had twelve sons and seven daughters, of which eleven children survived to adulthood: Jules Turenne (1875-1963), Josephine Turenne (1877-1951), Charles Edouard Turenne (1879-1943), Marie Turenne (1880-1909), Arthur Turenne (1881-1947), Paul Joseph Victor Turenne (1882-1954), Joseph Louis Philippe Turenne (1883-1960), Thérèse Turenne (1885-1962), Joseph Henri Alexandre Turenne (1888-1938), Marie Joseph Adélard Eugène Turenne (1890-1970), and Marie Elmyre Alice Turenne (1891-1970).

He died at St. Boniface on 15 September 1920. He is commemorated by Turenne Street in Winnipeg.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Magistrate Turenne 75 years old today,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 September 1919, page 9.

“Joseph Turenne, old resident of St. Boniface, passes away,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 September 1920, page 10.

“St. Boniface magistrate dies after long illness,” unidentified newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

We thank Yvonne Turenne for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 November 2021

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