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Memorable Manitobans: Honorius Daignault (1867-1952)

Community activist.

Born at St. Philippe, Quebec on 30 November 1867, he came to Manitoba with his parents as an infant. He attended St. Boniface College, winning a scholarship four times, and studied medicine at the University of Manitoba for two years. He taught school, operated a store, served as postmaster and justice of peace at Dunrea. For 17 years, he was hospital overseer and secretary to Warden Acheson G. Irvine at Stony Mountain Penitentiary. He was Secretary of L’Association d’Education des Canadiens Francais du Manitoba for 20 years and President of the St. Jean Baptiste Society of St. Boniface for three terms. He was one of five people to organize the first Native Sons Assembly in St. Boniface and was President of the Cathedral Choir for two years. In 1894, he married Georgina Beaupre (1875-?) and they had ten children: Marie Marguerite Emma Daignault (1895-?, wife of Angus McVarish), Alice Blanche Daignault (1897-?), Charles Henry Gustav Daignault (1898-?), Yvonne Daignault (1900-?, wife of Ulric Coulombe), Mary Angelina Germaine Daignault (1901-?, wife of Joseph Barette), Joseph Arthur Armand Daignault (1910-?), George Albert Daignault (1913-?), Lucy Daignault (1905-?), Marie Louise Daignault (1908-?, wife of Bruno Brisebois), and Armand Daignault (1910-?). He died at his St. Boniface residence, 141 Masson Street, on 29 July 1952 and was buried in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

“Well-known figure in St. Boniface, H. Daignault dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 July 1952.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 April 2020

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