Hubert Prévost the entrepreneur: Into the 20th century

Last of an eight-part series describing the real and imagined life of Hubert Prévost of Maisonneuve. In 1902 Hubert left behind his second wife, Héloise Lapointe and their 13-year-old son Joseph. What happened to them after his death? Héloise remarried about 18 months later to Amedée Champagne in Montreal after signing a separatist of property…

Cotton mill

Hubert Prévost the entrepreneur: City builder

Fourth of an eight-part series describing the real and imagined life of Hubert Prévost of Maisonneuve. In the years following Confederation, Canada felt the effects of the Long Depression that afflicted world economies, particularly England. Between 1874 (the year the Montreal Stock Exchange was established) and 1896 there was widespread unemployment and a rise in…

Map of Pointe-aux-Trembles

Hubert Prévost the entrepreneur: In business

Third of an eight-part series describing the real and imagined life of Hubert Prévost of Maisonneuve. It’s around 1871 that Hubert appears to have established himself as a building contractor. Dozens of transactions are recorded from this point that document construction contracts, financial obligations, payment receipts, tenant leases and more. The volume of documents provides…

Map of Pointe-aux-Trembles

Hubert Prévost the entrepreneur: An urban generation

Second of an eight-part series describing the real and imagined life of Hubert Prévost of Maisonneuve. The Prévost and Reeves families were probably well-acquainted as Hubert and Alvina were not the first Prévost-Reeves union to take place. Several years before Alvina (aka Zoe) married Hubert (fils), she appears as a witness (the first time we…