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Memorable Manitobans: John Erzinger (1855-1930)

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John Erzinger
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Wholesale tobacconist.

Born at Schauffhausen, Switzerland on 10 October 1855, son of John and Margaret Erzinger, he was educated at Switzerland. He came to Winnipeg in 1878 and a retail tobacco shop which grew to become the tobacco wholesale business of John Erzinger Company, with branches in Winnipeg and Saskatoon. He was appointed the Swiss Consul in 1913. On 8 September 1891, he married Mary E. Riddell of Winnipeg. They had five sons. He was a member of the Canadian Club, Rotary Club, Carleton Club, Southwood Golf Club, IOOF, and Holy Trinity Anglican Church. In 1911, he lived at 214 Donald Street, Winnipeg. He died at his Winnipeg home, 50 Yale Avenue, on 13 May 1930.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Glengarry Building (290 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“John Erzinger, resident here 52 years, dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 May 1930. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 April 2017

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