Biography of the Day
Read the story of a subject who died or was born on this day.
b. 6 July 1845 at Sainte-Marie-de-la-Nouvelle-Beauce (Sainte-Marie), Canada East, d. 6 July 1887 at Sainte-Marie
b. 6 Oct. 1811 in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Lower Canada; d. 6 Oct. 1849 in Longueuil, Lower Canada
Of the many fine biographies in Volume XV of the DCB, Ramsay Cook always considered this one of the best.
Ramsay Cook found this entry part of “a set of particularly brilliant biographies” that reveal the “destruction of the native culture on the prairies.”
“sketched in brilliantly and with emotion… [this] exemplifies one of the finest qualities of the DCB: it is not a biographical boneyard”. (Ramsay Cook)
As General Editor, Ramsay read every biography. About this one he wrote “This is what makes the DCB so special! R.”
“[Y]ou can search out your favourite character. Mine, without question, is Joseph Montferrand.” (Ramsay Cook)
“This a wonderful biography … It exemplifies what makes the DCB/DBC the extraordinary historical dictionary that it is.” (Ramsay Cook)
When this biography was assigned to his wife, Ramsay said, “Eleanor’s the real scholar in the Cook family, you’ll see.”
d. October 1919 in the hospital at Harrington Harbour, Que., and was buried 19 October in the cemetery at Tête-à-la-Baleine
pianist, composer, and music teacher; b. 28 Dec. 1842 in Verchères, Lower Canada, d. 21 Jan. 1891 in Boston