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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Larocque (c1787-1866)

Fur trader.

He was born in Canada about 1787, the older brother of Francois Antoine Larocque. In 1833 he married Archange Guillon. He entered the service of the XY Company in 1801. At the time of the union of the XY Company and the North West Company he was serving as a clerk on the Churchill River. Later he was transferred to the Pacific Slope where he spent several years. He was present at the surrender of Astoria. Between 1817 and 1820 he was made a partner of the North West Company and a Chief Trader in the Hudson’s Bay Company at the time of union in 1821. He resigned from the service of the Company about 1830.

Larocque lived in France and in Montreal for several years, then in Ottawa, where he died on 1 December 1866.

Sources:

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

Page revised: 17 October 2008

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