Sunday, June 17, 2007
Biginnings of the City of Verdun
Since some members showed interest in the creation of Verdun, I have done my homework and did some reading at the SHGV. Here is what I came up with:
1846: Municipality of Hochelaga wich was distinct from the City of Montreal is divided into the following municipalities:
C척te des Neiges
*The minicipality of Saint Pierre (Rivi챔re Saint Pierre) boundaries consisted of:
South: Saint Lawrence River including Nun's Island
West: Parish of Lachine
North: Municipalities of CÃ´te des Neiges and Saint Henri
Today the territory would group more or less Verdun, Côte Saint Paul and ille Émard.
1847: Legislature abolishes these municipalities and attaches them to Montreal.
1855 Saint Pierre and the other 4 municipalities are attached to the parish of Notre Dame de Montreal.
1874: Petition circulates to favor RiviÃ¨re Saint Pierre becoming an autonomous municipality. The government of the province of Quebec declares on the 23rd of December 1874, the village of la RiviÃ¨re Saint Pierre becoming an independant municipality according to the municipal code of Quebec.
The city limits:
South East: Saint Lawrence River
North East: Aqueduct of Montreal
South West: Parish of Lachine
These City Limits become effective the first of January 1875. The council forbids the use of alcool beverages and establishes a $50.00 fine or a maximum of 3 months in jail.
During this same period, another municipality is born, the village of Côte Saint-Paul wich corresponds today to Ville-Émard and Côte Saint Paul.
1876: City council limits implantation of factories or other enterprises. Name changed on 28th December 1876 to Village of Verdun.
Verdun becomes a City.
This information is very condenced and anybody wanting to have more details would be advised to consult such works as Verdun, 125 ans d'histoire (French) by Denis Gravel or Fighting from Verdun by Serge Durflinger. (English).
I have also included 2 maps of Verdun, 1879 and 1900.