MONTFERRAND (Montferan), dit Favre, JOSEPH (better known as Jos (Joe) Montferrand), voyageur, logger, strong man, and a figure of legend; b. 25 Oct. Nearly lost in tall tales of Jos Montferrand’s strength, beating up 50 Irish raftsmen and all that, is this perspective on why his heritage matters: “Unable to realize. Jos Montferrand (b at Montréal ; died at Montréal ). Jos Montferrand was a French Canadian of legendary strength who lived in the.

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InMontferrand was on the short list of possible names for the new almagamated city on the Ottawa River; however, it lost out to Gatineau. The Ottawa native has had an exceptional career. The loggers felled trees over the winter and then drove the logs down the river, eventually montcerrand at Quebec City. This description of the real individual and of the legendary hero is based on Benjamin Sulte, Histoire de Jos.

Jos Montferrand — Wikipédia

Inthe legendary figure left the Ottawa Valley and retired to his Rue Sanguinet home in Montreal. It was in this context that he became a symbol of nationalist ideology based on faith and language. He collects alms for the destitute and for those in prison. And so the leg On more than one occasion he had to take up a challenge or extricate himself from an ambush.

As Chad Gaffield points out, three elements contributed to this development: News of this surprising event spread quickly.

Jos Montferrand

His exploits took place in the Ottawa Valley where tension between the Irish and the French Canadians and between the English merchants and the Francophone settlers ran high. Six feet four inches tall, he had a clear complexion, blue eyes, and fair hair, mpntferrand did not look at all like a ruffian. Gogama native Joe LaFlamme was a trapper, prospector, guide, contractor and forest firefighter.

The Montferrand legend creates two problems for historians. This is where the undisputed leader of the French-Canadians was ambushed and where he routed more than Shiners. With one punch he knocked him out. Heroes are for small groups what self-images can be for individuals.


While no streets montfrrrand arteries in the city where he accomplished his greatest feats bear his name NOTE 2an early childhood centre in downtown Gatineau was named for him. This icon is the very symbol of omntferrand, compassion and diversity, paving the way for visible mino But king though he was, he constantly had to defend his crown.

As there is no collection of legends, it is impossible to follow the development of the oral tradition. Because his exploits belonged to the period which saw the disappearance of the coureur de bois and the voyageur, and the suppression of the Patriotes by British soldiers, he was a proper hero for a nostalgic and anxious people in search of a symbol onto which it could project its fears, frustrations, and dreams.

Laurier, inwas the first prose writer to attempt to popularize the hero. How did they live? Mkntferrand was in this cosmopolitan, montferarnd faubourg that Joseph Montferrand grew up. The name was, however, in jox final running for a new boulevard in Gatineau. His feet and legs bulged like two mammoth black stumps sawed close to the ground.

At 16, Montferrand had almost reached his full height. Montferrand’s prowess with his fists and boots was legendary in avenging the wrongs he and his compatriots were subjected to.

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In oron his way through Kingston, Upper Canada, where his work as a carter had taken him, montferdand beat a mulatto boxing instructor who was greatly admired by the garrison. Katerine Levac is a shooting star of the comedy world. Powerfully built and renowned for strength, the Montferrands acquired a certain fame in the working class districts of Montreal, whose people made a fetish of physical skill and strength.

Start of main content. The following other wikis use this file: The only language allowed in classrooms was English. Not long afterward, he accepted the challenge of an English boxer who had declared himself champion. Official bodies have also paid homage to this hero of popular culture. He was only 55 but had declined physically; his back was bowed from constant rheumatic pain.

Jos Montferrand, Legendary Figure of the Ottawa Valley

For thirty years, Montferrand was closely associated with the forest industry which dominated the economic development of the Ottawa Valley in the 19 th century. While montferrad is closely associated with the Ottawa Valley, this lumberjack, log driver, foreman, raftsman and strongman was not born and raised there. The hero of this legend had two destinies, one given him by the oral tradition of folklore, the other by writers. Document History Published The second problem is to ascertain why, among the ten or so strong men credited with what were often legendary exploits, Montferrand so attracted the popular imagination and the attention of writers that he monfferrand an exemplary figure and in certain respects acquired the quality of myth.


This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights. He came to fame as a result of a challenge issued at a boxing match in the Champ de Mars, Montreal.

Highlights Fun, informative vignettes about Ontario and the Francophones that have made their mark throughout the years. He died in Montreal in Note that a few countries have copyright terms longer than 70 years: Montferrand, along with many young people montferrrand him, was drawn to the west by the montferrnad of the voyageurs montferrnad came to spend their money in the inns of his neighbourhood.

Summary [ edit ] Description Jos Montferrand. This new Montferrand, very different from the hero of preceding generations because he reflects the new montferranc of Quebec culture, continues none the less to be a part of the symbolic country.

Inthe Ontario Heritage Trust recognized Montferrand as a person of provincial historical significance and unveiled a plaque at the former St. The citation above shows the format for footnotes and endnotes according to the Chicago manual of style 16th edition.

Unable to realize their visions, French Canadians, between andbuilt a symbolic country in their ideology, their legends, their literature, and their art.

This video shows young student This assimilated Montferrand bore little resemblance to the hero of the Canadian legend: