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Memorable Manitobans: Paul-Emile Langlois (1861-1964)

Adventurer

Born at Montreal, Quebec on 7 April 1861, as a child he moved with his family to Rhode Island, USA where, within a short time, smallpox killed both parents. At the age of nine years, he went to work in a cotton mill. After teaching himself to read, he moved west, arriving at Moorhead, Minnesota where he found work on ranches, railway track-laying crews, and lumber camps. During the 1898 Spanish American War, he joined the American cavalry and was sent to the Philippines, where he was captured at Manila. He returned to the USA in 1899, met and married his 17-year-old bride, with whom he had twelve children (ten survived to maturity). He retired in 1934 and lived with his children in Manitoba. He died at Woodridge, Manitoba on 22 June 1964, at the age of 103 years.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 1964, page 23.

“Last of the plainsmen”, Beausejour Beaver, 1964.

We thank Bobbi Jo Panciera for providing information used in this profile.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 May 2011

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