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Memorable Manitobans: Frank Jacob de Graff (1910-1994)

Market gardener, municipal official.

Born east of the Red River in the Rural Municipality of Kildonan on 28 September 1910, son of John de Graff (1871-1947) and Gertrude Anna Maria Heeres (1877-1955), he grew at the family’s residence on Lot 68 in Rural Municipality of East Kildonan. Taking up farming, he operated a market garden in Rural Municipality of North Kildonan, which he later served as Councillor (14 years), Deputy Mayor, and Superintendent of Public Works. He also volunteered with the Kildonan - St. Paul Health Unit, was a school trustee for the River East School Division, and was President and member of the Board of Governors of the East Kildonan YMCA. He was a candidate in the 1953 federal general election but was defeated by Anton Weselak. On 28 June 1941, he married Irene Margaret Werrell (?-?) at John Black Memorial Church in East Kildonan. The couple had three children. He died at the Concordia Hospital on 8 February 1994.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Irene M. Werrell weds Frank de Graff in vesper hour bridal,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 July 1941, page 10.

“Mr. and Mrs. John de Graff to mark golden wedding day,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 August 1945, page 5.

Death notice [John de Graff], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 February 1947, page 18.

“N. K. officers sword in at first meet,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 January 1954, page 9.

Obituary [Mrs. Gertrude Anna Maria de Graff], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1955, page 6.

“2 Reeves, Mayor face opposition,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 October 1957, page 3.

“Curious blend result,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 1971, page 4.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 1994, page C13.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 13 November 2017

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