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My Love Affair with Louis Riel: Historical Society wants Riel house

by Lillian Gibbons

Winnipeg Tribune, 12 April 1968

Manitoba Historical Society has made an offer to purchase the Riel home at 330 River Rd., St. Vital.

Until recently it was known in the district as Riel Post Office. Mrs. Yvonne Riel no longer has the post office concession. She is the widow of Honore, Louis Riel’s nephew.

When St. Vital council riased the question of buying the house in February 1963, Mrs. Rid said she would consider it if she got a good price.

Joseph E. Martin, past president of Manitoba Historical Society, said Thursday the district is expanding and anything could happen to the historic place.

“We have made an offer to purchase, not yet concluded, with the hope that the provincial government would take it over.”

This was the home Louis Rid knew in the days of the 1869-70 rising of the Metis at Red River. His father had died in 1864 when he was a student in Montreal. His mother still lived in the riverside house. Some of his close friends said he spent the fateful day of March 4, 1870, when he ordered the shooting of prisoner Thomas Scott at Fort Garry, in that house.

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