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Memorable Manitobans: Guillaume Joseph Charette (1884-1952)

Folklorist, historian.

Born in the RM of Cartier on 5 October 1884, son of Guillaume Charette and Sarah Perreault, he attended the Grey Nuns’ School and the Collège de Saint-Boniface, receiving his BA in 1910. He graduated from the Manitoba Law School in 1914 and, after military service during the First World War, he worked in the immigration department for 25 years, being posted at Emerson, Gretna, and Kingsgate (British Columbia). He stood as a Liberal candidate for Springfield in the 1917 federal general election but was defeated by R. L. Richardson. President of the Union Nationale Métisse Saint-Joseph, he wrote often on Métis history and folklore. He was co-author of Histoire de la nation métisse. He died at his St. Boniface home, 463 Ritchot Street, on 20 August 1952 and was buried in the St. Boniface Cemetery. A typescript of his biography of Louis Goulet is at the Archives of Manitoba.

Sources:

Birth registration [William Joseph Charette], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“St. Boniface man, Metis historian, dies at 68 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 August 1952, page 26.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 June 2017

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