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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph R. Goiffon (1824-1910)

Missionary.

He spent much of his time among the Indians and Métis of North Dakota. In March 1859 after his arrival from France in the fall of 1858 he became the Roman Catholic pastor of the Missions at Pembina and St. Joseph. In November of 1860 Father Goiffon was caught in a blizzard near Neche, North Dakota, and was nearly frozen to death before being rescued and brought first to Pembina and then St. Boniface where he recovered. In 1861 he was appointed missionary to Centerville, North Dakota.

He returned to St. Paul in June of 1861.

Sources:

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Page revised: 30 August 2008

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