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Memorable Manitobans: John Stephan Blechner [Blackner] (1907-1984)

Farmer, oil agent, municipal official.

Born at Winnipeg in 1907, son of Mr. Blechner and Regina Blechner (c1884-1973), he moved with his parents to Lot 15 in Old Kildonan in 1913. He went on to become an oil agent for North Star Oil as well as a farmer. He was first elected to municipal council in 1950 and later became Reeve of Old Kildonan (1959-1964, 1965-1966). He and his wife Katherine Blackner (c1907-1974) resided at 1048 Stardust Avenue. He died at Winnipeg on 1 June 1984. He is commemorated by Blechner Drive in Winnipeg.

Sources:

“2 Municipalities install councils,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 1950, page 3.

“Old Kildonan,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1963, page 3.

Obituary [Regina Blechner], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1973, page 21.

Obituary [Katherine Blechner], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1974, page 33.

Winnipeg Estate file PR84-01-00577, John Stephan Blecher, Archives of Manitoba.

Henderson’s Winnipeg Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 3 June 2014

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