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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Bernhart (1853-1923)

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Chef, hotelier, lumberman.

Born at Mommenheim, Alsace on 7 September 1853, son of Antoine Bernhart and Genevieve Weckel, he trained as a chef before emigrating to Quebec and, in 1873, working as a chef and steward in the Hotel St. Louis. He came to Winnipeg in 1881 and leased the European Hotel on Fort Street, changing its name to the St. Louis and operating it for 18 months before returning to Quebec for a time. He came back to Winnipeg in 1883 and leased the Cosmopolitan Hotel until 1901 when he retired and spent a number of months travelling through Europe with his wife and two daughters. He returned to Winnipeg and bought lumber tracts around the province.

On 3 January 1882 he married Catherine Mary Hogan of Quebec. They had eleven children, four of whom were living in 1913: Nina M. Bernhart (wife of William Percival Curran), Alma M. Bernhart, Amy B. Bernhart, and Veronica S. Bernhart.

He died at Winnipeg on 29 November 1923.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 June 2015

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