La Prairie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Philippe) (Laprairie)
Where is La Prairie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Philippe) (Laprairie)?
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La Prairie is an off-island suburb of Montreal, in southwestern Quebec, Canada at the confluence of the Saint-Jacques River and the Saint Lawrence River in the Regional County Municipality of Rousillon. The town has two secondary schools, l'école secondaire Magdeleine, a public French school and the Collège Jean de la Mennais, a private mixed French school.
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1669 - Mission Established
The mission Laprairie de la Province de Quebec near Ville-Marie (Montreal), is established this year, as an Iroquois Mission, by Father Pierre Raffeix (1633-1724), a Jesuit. It was moved around over time and eventually settled at Kalmawake, opposite the Lachine Rapids.
1813 - November 2 - British Army executes five deserters by firing squad at LaPrairie,
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1836 - Champlain and St. Lawrence Railroad
1836, July 21 - Governor Lord Gosford rides on the First train of the Champlain & St. Lawrence Railway with 300 other guests, pulled by the locomotive Dorchester over wooden rails; the 23 km portage road running from La Prairie opposite Montréal to St-Jean, Québec on the Richelieu River is Canada's First public railway line; became part of the Mont...
1848 - Flood
The spring flood of the St. Lawrence, by blocking up the ice at Boucherville, five miles below Montreal, has flooded the village of La Prairie, on this side of the river, the water being ten feet deep and rising. The damage must be something at Montreal, one would think, but probably there is no communication.
New Hampshire Sentinel
April 13, 1848
1884 - Sick Sheep
LAPRAIRIE, a county of Quebec, bordering on Hie Diver St. Lawrence, opposite the Island of Montreal. Area 110,606 acres. It is traversed by the Champlain division of the Grand Trunk railway. Capital, Laprairie. Pop. 11,861.
LAPRAIRIE, the chief town of the co. of Laprairie, is situated on the south shore of the River St. Lawrence, 7 miles from Montreal. It contains a telegraph office, churches for the Episcopalians and Roman Catholic, 8 hotels and a dozen stores. The first railway in British North America was constructed from here to St. Johns in 1836. It was first run by horses, then by steam, but was discontinued on the construction of the Champlain road, and the rails removed. A steam ferry runs between Laprairie and Montreal three times a day. Pop. 1259.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
The Canadian government has ordered that no sheep be allowed to leave the county of La Prairie, in the province of Quebec, because of a disease existing there. The diseased animals are to be slaughtered, the government paying the owners one-third their value.
Wisconsin State Journal
August 8, 1884
1887 - Black Fox
1885 - Canadian Towns which are Infected
The State Board of Health of Maine announces, that besides Montreal and its suburbs, the following named places in the Province of Quebec are affected with small-pox; Batiscan, Oct. 22, 7 families; Bersenels, below Tadousac, Nov 6, 4 families; Cap St. Ignace, Oct. 29, 50 cases, Chambly, Oct 27, 2 cases; Grondines, Oct. 18, several deaths; Lachine, Nov. 4, another new case, Laprairie, Oct. 22, 1 child died and 3 sick, L'Islet, Oct. 29, 6 cases; Longueuil, Nov. 3, 7 cases, have been 20 in all, Lorette, Oct 28, six cases; Maissonneuve, Oct. 31; Mascouche, Oct 31; Montmagny, Oct 29, one case; Ottawa, Nov. 6, several cases; Pointe aux Trembles, Port Neuf, Oct. 29, six cases, Rivier du Loup, Oct 23 ten cases, Rimouski, Oct, 21, 8 cases, St Francis, Temisconata Co, Nov 7, 7 cases, St Joseph de Levis, Oct 31, St. Lambert, Nov 3, 1 case, St. I in, Nov. 5; St. Martin, Oct 27 2 houses, St. Michel, Oct. 27, 4 deaths recently, St. Paschal, Oct 23 3 cases; St. Remi, Oct 27, 2 houses, St Roch, Nov. 5, St. Sulpice, Oct. 24, 1 case Three Rivers. In Quebec, Nov. 4, there were but three cases.
Canadian Towns Which Are Infected
Date: November 12, 1885
Paper: Boston Journal
La Prairie, Quebec, reports the capture of a black fox.
Weekly Times Herald
January 29, 1887
1897 - Died at 108
1895 - Laprairie
LAPRAIRIE, the chief town of Laprairie co., Que., on the south shore of the St. Lawrence, and a station on the G. T. R. It contains 2 churches, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic, 8 stores, 3 hotels, 1 saw and 1 carding mill, 1 brick yard, 1 tomato cannery, 1 threshing machine factory, post office savings and Ville Marie Bank and telegraph, telephone and express offices. It is a beautiful spot near the Lachine Rapids, much frequented in summer. Pop. 1246.
ST. PHILIPPE, a post village in Laprairie co., Que., on the C. P. R., 6 miles from Laprairie. It contains 1 church, 1 telegraph office, 5 stores and 1 hotel. Pop. of parish 1716.
Crossby, Peter Alfred. Lovell's gazetteer of British North America. (John Lovell & Son)., 1895
Mrs. Charlotte Leclair of Westerly, R. I., died yesterday morning at the age of 108 years and six months. She was born in La Prairie, a small town in Quebec. Five generations of her descendants are living.
October 10, 1897
1901 - Convent Damaged
Montreal, Jan 23 - Fire damaged the convent of the Sisters of Providence at La Prairie, Quebec, on Saturday night to the extent of $30,000. No lives were lost.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
January 28, 1901
1901 - Fire
Fire destroyed twenty-nine houses and one convent at LaPrairie, Que., Thursday night; loss, $100,000.
Benton Harbor, Michigan
July 27, 1901
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Bonjour, My great great grandfather's family traveled through this region from Lachenaie on their way to Iroquois county,Illinois in 1849. My gr.gr.grandfather Joseph Mercier's sister was born and baptised @ St. Jacques Le Mineur,Laprairie in 1850. Her name, ODILLE MERCIER.The parents names were Louis Mercier and his wife Marguerite Jeannot dit Lachapelle.They made it to Illinois and lived in a french canadian community, Papineau, and later St. Anne,IL.
Father Charles Chiniquy was instrumental in establishing that area.
5/12/2012 12:31:54 AM -
I live on Lemieux Lane in Tenino, Wa.
I grew up in the home built in Tacoma by my great grandfather Touissaint Louis Lemieux in 1905. He was born in 1845 or 1848 in the La Praire area.
His lineage goes back to Gabriel Louis Lemieux who was married in the La Prarie are on sept. 3,1656.
Any info on Lemieux's past or present will be deeply appreciated
11/2/2013 1:43:16 PM -
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