Pierre Lemay dit Delorme
A French Canadian who accompanied Sir Alexander Mackenzie during his 1789 expedition on the river that is now bears his name. Three years later, he was still following Mackenzie at the post that the explorer founded at the confluence of the Boucene and Peace Rivers. Lemay spent the winter of 1792-93 there and in the spring he traveled to Fort Chipewyn (Alberta) with the results of that seasons trading with the Indians who hunted in the region. In 1804, Lemay was at Lake Athabasca, where he occupied many important positions.
The Honourable Pierre Delorme. He was born 1 October 1832 in the parish of St Boniface Manitoba, the son of Joseph Fafard Delorme and Josephte Belisle. In 1854, Delorme married Adelaide Milletdit Beauchemin. His wife born 8 march 1835 at Saint Boniface gave him ten children, all born in the parish of Saint Norbert. Pierre Delorme was one of the two delegates for the voters on La Pionte Coupee (Saint Norbert) to the regional convention of 26 January 1870, under the Riel government for which he was also a councillor, along with his brother-in-law. On December 30, 1870, Delorme was elected to represent Saint Norbert South in the first legislature of Manitoba, and the following 2 of March, he had the honour of being elected Provencher's first representative to the Canadian House of commons. An innkeeper by profession, after the events of 1869-1870 Delorme continued to operate a hotel out of his home at Pointe Couee. On 13 December 1873, Delorme took part in a meeting of 500 Metis on Baptiste Tourond's farm at Saint Norbert. He nominated Louis Riel for the by-election for Proevencher riding and was seconded by Charles Nolin. Riel was elected by acclamation. Delorme's large home in Saint Norbet was the scene of another large meeting on 3 September 1874 in which Riel was once again elected to Parliament in absentia. Delorme had become a prosperous farmer on the banks of the Red River not far from Saint Norbert when Mr. visited him in 1875. Hamilton, who was soon to bear witnesses to his remarkable characteristics in a book The Prairie Province. At the time Pierre Delorme was patriarch of a large and very interesting family, "a large French Metis with curly hair that was turning gray," according to Hamilton, who also adds that he had a big heart and surfeit wealth to be able to show his generosity. On 19 November 1875, Delorme applied for Manitoba scrip at Saint Norbert. Since December 1873, Pierre Delorme served as a member of the North West Council of which he became president in 1878, while also receiving appointment as minister of agriculture in the Manitoba government. However, on the following 29 May he and Joseph Royal left John Norquay�s cabinet. Pierre Delorme died 10 November 1912 in the parish of Saint Adolphe at the age of 80. His wife survived him by one year, dying in Saint Adolphe on November 6 1913 at the age of 78.
From the Book the "French Canadians of the West" By Peter Gagne Francois Delorme
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