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Biography of Lagimodière, Elzéar, 1838-1926

Born in St. Boniface in 1838, the son of Jean-Baptiste “Laprairie” Lagimodière and Marie Harrison, Elzéar Lagimodière married Sarah Goulet in 1858 and resided for some time in St. Boniface. Lagimodière participated in the Métis resistance at Red River in 1869-70, and was a member of the court martial which condemned to death Thomas Scott, prisoner of Riel’s Provisional Government, on March 3rd 1870. Scott was executed by firing squad the following day. Lagimodière and his brother-in-law, Elzéar Goulet, were allegedly responsible for disposing of Scott’s body whose location remains unknown. Lagimodière was among the first settlers at La Petite Pointe des Chênes (Lorette), where he farmed and worked as a freighter on the cart brigades from Fort Garry to St. Paul. In May 1874, he was arrested at his home for his role in the Scott affair, but was released because he had voted against the execution and had offered to escort the prisoner out of the country. He was later elected first reeve of the Rural Municipality of Taché and was a very active member of his community. He died in 1926. Based on information from La Société historique de Saint-Boniface.

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  1. Déclaration de 1908 d'André Nault, Elzéar Lagimodière et Duncan McDougall concernant les événements de 1869-70, extrait, fo. 353-54
  2. Déclaration de 1908 d'André Nault, Elzéar Lagimodière et Duncan McDougall concernant les événements de 1869-70, extraits, fo. 357-358 et 367
  3. Déclaration de 1908 d'André Nault, Elzéar Lagimodière et Duncan McDougall concernant les événements de 1869-70, extrait, fo. 369
  4. Déclaration de 1908 d'André Nault, Elzéar Lagimodière et Duncan McDougall concernant les événements de 1869-70, extraits, fo. 383-384 et 389-390
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