Memorable Manitobans: Horace Chevrier (1875-1935)
Merchant, MLA (1903-1907).
Born at Ottawa, Ontario on 15 December 1875, son of Noah Chevrier and Isabelle Johnson (?-1884), half-brother of Eudore Chevrier, he came to Manitoba in 1878 and was educated at St. Mary’s School (Winnipeg) and the University of Manitoba. He joined his father in the operation of The Blue Store, a retail clothing and fur store on Main Street. It was later renamed Chevrier and Sons and continued in business until September 1931, by which time he was President and General Manager. At that time, Chevrier became a fur buyer for the Revillon Freres Trading Company.
In 1895, he married Marguerite Gingras (?-?, daughter of Francois Gingras) and they had three children: Margherita “Rita” Chevrier, Noah Francis Horace “Noe” Chevrier (1903-?), and Louis Ernest Wilfred Chevrier (1905-?). On 19 June 1907, he married Annie Jane Kittson Cinq-Mars (1877-1960), daughter of Alexander Kittson. Fluent in English, French, and Cree, he was elected by a single vote to the Manitoba Legislature in the 1903 general election but was defeated in 1907 and 1910. He was President of the Retail Merchants’ Association of Canada, and President of the French Liberal Association of Manitoba. He was a member of the Old Timers Association, Alliance Francaise, Canadian Institute of External Affairs, Winnipeg Press Club, Knights of Columbus, St. Jean Baptiste Society, and Eagles Club. A skilled violinist, as a young man he performed in the first Winnipeg symphonic orchestra under Paul Henneberg.
He died at his Winnipeg home, 204 Lawndale Avenue, on 12 January 1935.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.
“Chevrier – Cing-Mars,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 June 1907, page 7.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
“Horace Chevrier dies at home of lengthy illness,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 January 1935.
“Mrs. Chevrier, 83, daughter of early MLA, is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 March 1960. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B12, page 4]
Obituary [Margherita Trudel], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 1985, page 34.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 September 2019