Note: The name La Barge means - One who lives on a bank or the edge of a river. Robert de la Berge (1638-1712)
He came to New France in 1658 at the age of 21. He was born in Colombieres-sur-Thaon, Normandy, France. Married to Francoise Gausse in 1663, he spent the greater part of his life in l'Angie Gardien, near Quebec City, where he manufactured and sold lime. It was in this parish that Robert de la Berge died on April 2, 1712. He left many illustrious descendants to French Canada and throughout North America.
Joseph Marie LaBarge (1787-1860)
Joseph Marie LaBarge Sr was born at l'Assomption, Quebec on July 4, 1787. In 1808 he emmigrated to St. Louis, Missouri in a birch-bark canoe, travelling through various waterways to reach the Mississippi River. He served in the War of 1812 and was wounded in the battle of the River Raisin. In this battle, he lost two fingers from a gunshot and was scarred for life from a tomahawk wound to the head. He became a naturalized citizen following his service in the Army. For several years he was involved in the manufacture of charcoal and later owned a hotel and livery in St. Louis. He is best known for his exploits as a fur trapper in the far west. He cities of Battle Creek and LaBarge, Wyoming is named in his honor. He took part in the battle against the Aricara Indians with General Ashley on the Missouri River in 1823 and was the man who cut the cable of one of the keeboats so that it might drift out of range of fire of the Indians.
Captain Joseph LaBarge (1815-1899), the son of Joseph Marie LaBarge
Joseph LaBare of St Louis, Missouri was one of the most famous Mississippi river boat captains. He made his living transporting people and goods up and down the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. According to an 1898 newspaper article, Captain LaBarge was the man who taught Mark Twain about the Mississippi River.
Michel Laberge (1836-1909)
Michel Laberge, born in Chateauguay, Quebec was the first French-Canadian to explore the Yukon in 1866. He worked at one time for the Russians and in 1876 he did some surveying for the Western Union who wanted to build an overland telegraph to Europe. He later engaged int he fur trade in the Yukon under the name of the Pioneer American Fur Company. Lake Laberge in the Yukon Territory was named after him.
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