Hillyard Mitchell was born in Huntington, England in 1853. He came to Canada when he was 18 and joined with troops to help relieve Fort Garry during the Manitoba uprising led by Riel in 1870. He later became a fur trader with William Stobart and Company, a firm he eventually bought out. In 1885 he was a storekeeper, magistrate, and coroner at Duck Lake.
Spot where Riel handed Hillyard Mitchell an ultimatum to deliver to Crozier at Fort Carlton.
He was a friend to the Métis but he did not support their Provisional government. He had tried to persuade Riel to give up the government and acted as a mediator between Riel and Superintendent Crozier.
Douglas Stobart, Mitchell's brother and Hillyard Mitchell standing infront of the Stobart store.
This store was one of the original buildings located in the original town site of Duck Lake which was along the lake, west of the present town of Duck Lake
The Métis, having heard that Commissioner Irvine was on the way, went to Mitchell's store to arm themselves. Upon reaching the store they found it locked and all the arms and ammunition hidden away. Mitchell had advanced warning that they were coming and had left for the safety of Fort Carlton. He later learned that the Métis had set fire to his store and home.
Hilliard Mitchell was a successful entrepreneur in the town of Duck Lake.
After the resistance from 1888 to 1898 he became a member of the Territorial assembly and in 1897 was a member of the Executive Council. During this time he became a successful rancher, prominent business man and politician. He was also a member of the Masonic order and the warden of the Church of England in Duck Lake. He was married in 1891 to Adelaide May Byas and had two daughters. He died in 1923.
Hillyard Mitchell's store in the new town site of Duck Lake.
Mitchell's store was located on first street in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan
Current image of Hillyard Mitchell's house.
Outside the town of Duck Lake