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Memorable Manitobans: Edgar L. “Ed” Doerr (1871-1967)


Born at Perryville, Missouri on 5 February 1871, he came to Canada in 1889 where he began a career as a barber in this city that lasted over 60 years. He started working in John Erzinger’s barbershop in the McIntyre Block, staying there until 1912. During this time, he shaved the famed British African explorer Henry Morton Stanley, and cut the hair of Prime Minister Laurier. He opened his own shop at the Sterling Bank Building, relocating to the Somerset Block in 1928. In 1948, he estimated having given 300,000 haircuts. He and his wife Phillipine shared four children: Dixie Doerr, Harry Doerr, George Doerr, and Edgar Doerr. He died on 16 February 1967 at the Misericordia Hospital and was buried in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“City barber, here since 1889, has given 300,000 haircuts” by Val Werier, Winnipeg Tribune, 16 November 1948. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 60]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 February 1967, page 30.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 10 December 2019

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