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Fort Rouge and Crescentwood: Early History

Fort Rouge and Crescentwood: Early History

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The early history of the Metis pioneers of Fort Rouge, Crescentwood and Rooster Town areas of Winnipeg is documented.
The early history of the Metis pioneers of Fort Rouge, Crescentwood and Rooster Town areas of Winnipeg is documented.

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Published by: Lawrence J. Barkwell on Sep 24, 2013
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Fort Rouge and Crescentwood: Early History
The Fort Rouge and Crescentwood areas of Winnipeg were originally river lots runningeast to west from the Red River to Cambridge Street. On an 1885 Winnipeg map theselots (listed north to south) were owned by:
Sarah Harkness, Metis (nee Stevenson) widow of former HBC employee AndreHarness. Lot 41, along the Assiniboine River, originally an HBC reserve of land.
James Mulligan, husband of Francoise Ducharme (b. 1846) Metis, daughter of Baptiste Ducharme and Marguerite Jolicoeur. Lot 30
Catholic Mission. Lot 32
Daniel Carey, previously owned by Baptiste Bruce (Metis). Lot 33
Sisters of Charity, previously owned by John McTavish (Metis) and MaximeLepine (Metis). Lot 32
Baptiste Berard Lot 31.
Hon. Henry J. Clark, previously owned by Joseph Bruce (Metis) and JosephPoitras (Metis) Lot 30.
Baptiste Morin (Metis) Lot 29.
James Morrison. Lot 28
Illegible. Lot 27
James Galarneau (Metis) son of Louis Galrneau Canadian and Marie Crebassa(Metis) Lot 26.
Henry Genton (Metis) previously owned by Charles Genton, son of Maxime.Maxime Genton (Genthon), husband of Marie Louise Jerome (Metis). Lot 25
Joseph Genton (Metis), son of Maximilian Genton (Canadian) and Louise Jerome(Metis) Lot 24
Lots 24-30, previously owned by joseph Genton (Metis),Honore Pariseau (Metis).The eventual location of the Metis Road Allowance Community of Rooster Town was onRiver Lots # 22-29 on the Cambridge end of the lots.
Fort Rouge
is a district of 
Winnipeg, Manitoba.Located in the south-central part of the city, it is bounded on the north by theAssiniboine River , on the east and south by theRed River , and on the west byStafford StreetandPembina Highway.
The district of Crescentwood, was originally long, narrow lots runningfrom the Red River southwest to Cambridge Street. The largest one, Parish Lot No. 43 St.Boniface, changed hands many times until in 1889 it was purchased by John HenryMunson who then built a substantial home on the Assiniboine River. When the C. H.Enderton Company purchased a large parcel of the land for subdivision and development,a representative went to Munson and asked if the new district could be named after hishome, Crescentwood.1

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