Jean-Baptiste Ladéroute was born in the region of St. Vital, Manitoba in October 1837, the 3rd of 13 children. He began working at age 10 and with his meagre savings purchased cattle and later bought and sold land. In 1863, he began freighting between the Red River Settlement and “la rivière aux Boeuf”, now Moorhead, as well as St. Paul, Minnesota. He also worked as a carpenter and cooper , and was involved in the construction of the first Catholic church in Winnipeg on the site of St. Mary’s Cathedral, as well as Notre-Dame de Bon Secours chapel in St. Norbert.Ladéroute married Marguerite St. Arnaud in 1862 and the couple raised their twelve children in St. Boniface. Jean-Baptiste participated in the events of 1869-70 which led to the creation of the province of Manitoba. The family moved to Olga, North Dakota in 1885. In 1913, Ladéroute wrote a memoir entitled “Mémoires des troubles du Manitoba 1869-70 1es articles” detailing the events of the Red River Resistance as he remembered them. He died in 1915. Based on information from La Société historique de Saint-Boniface.