La Prairie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Philippe) (Laprairie)
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Laprairie (La Prairie)
A city on the southeast shore of the St-Lawrence River, opposite Verdun on the Island of Montréal. The earliest reference to Laprairie gave its name as La-Prairie-de-la-Magdeleine, which was both the name of an early catholic mission and the name of the seigniory. The Parish of Laprairie was created in 1845, the Village of Laprairie was incorporated in 1846 and incorporated as a Town in 1909.
An older name for Ste-Philippe-de-LaPrairie. It was the site of the first election poll for the original Huntingdon County, which included everything west of the Richelieu River.
A village located on Rte 217, 4mi (6.4km) south of Laprairie, near the corner with Boul. Monette. (45.355N/73.477W)
St-Philippe, Municipalité de
The rural municipality the includes St-Philippe-de-Laprairie and the surrounding area. (45.35N/73.46W) It was first created in 1845 as part of the reforms of that time. In 1847, it was abolished but reestablished in 1855. It is now part of the MRC de Roussillon.
Cimetière de St-Philip-de-Laprairie
A catholic cemetery in the village of St-Philippe-de-Laprairie, located at the back of the parish church on Rue Édouard-VII, 0.2mi (0.3km) west of the corner of Rte 217 and Boul Monette. (45.354N/73.476W)
Seigniory of Laprairie
Full name was Seigniory de la Prairie-de- la Magdeleine (or Magdelaine). It was located between the Seigniories of Sault St-Louis and Lasalle on the southwest side and Longueuil on the north side. It was first granted in 1647 to the Jesuit Order. www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ~qcchatea/ placenames/
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1647 - Seigniory (Laprairie) Granted, 1st April 1647, to the order of Jesuits
1667 - Église de la Nativité de la Sainte-Vierge established at Laprairie
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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1832 - Laprairie Post Office opens
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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... Read MORE...
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
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
La Prairie, Quebec, reports the capture of a black fox.
Weekly Times Herald
January 29, 1887
1897 - Died at 108
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