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Memorable Manitobans: Horace Belanger (1836-1892)

Fur trader.

Born at Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec on 11 June 1836, son of Édouard Bélanger and Marie-Sophie Casgrain, he was described as a “great burly man with jet black curly hair, full beard and must have weighed over 300 pounds”. Entering the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1853, he held a variety of posts, at Sault Ste. Marie, Michipicoten, Fort Albany, Fort Alexander, Cumberland House, and Fort A-La-Corne. On 27 August 1861, he married Rosalie Marion at St Boniface, Manitoba. They had 11 children. In 1885 he was appointed Chief Factor of the Cumberland and Saskatchewan Districts and, four years later, Chief Factor at Norway House. He was a corresponding member of the Manitoba Historical Society during this time, donating several items to its collections. He drowned in the Nelson River near there on 1 October 1892.

More information:

Horace Belanger, Dictionary of Canadian Biography.

Sources:

HBC Biographical Sheets, Hudson’s Bay Company Archives.

1892 Annual Report, Manitoba Historical Society.

Page revised: 4 July 2009

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