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Memorable Manitobans: Cornelius Abraham DeFehr (1881-1979)


Born in South Russia in 1881, son of Abram and Helen DeFehr, he was a partner in a farm implements manufacturing business until 1925, when he emigrated to Canada and lay the foundation for the furniture business of C. A. DeFehr & Sons.

In 1903, he married Elizabeth Dyck (?-1972). They had three sons: Abram C. DeFehr (1909-2006), Cornelius C. DeFehr (1911-2000), and William DeFehr (?-1987). In 1967, he wrote a memoir entitled Memories of My Life Recalled for My Family. In 1977, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.

He died at Winnipeg on 11 February 1979 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mackenzie and Powis Building (78-84 Princess Street, Winnipeg)


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 February 1979, page 180.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 November 2011

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