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Memorable Manitobans: Jacob Reiner Friesen (1878-1950)


After starting a farm implement business in 1903, he opened Western Canada’s and Steinbach’s first Ford automobile dealership, in 1912. On 18 April 1903, he married Maria Reimer (1885-1938) at Winnipeg. They had seven children: Edwin Friesen, Dr. W. F. Friesen, Mary Friesen, Anna Friesen, Elizabeth Friesen, Helen Friesen Zuchowski (1913-2007), and Catherine Friesen. He died at Winnipeg on 6 August 1950.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Friesen House (255 Hanover Street, Steinbach)


Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Steinbach firm founder buried,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1950, page 27.

Obituary [Helen Zuchowski], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 December 2007.

Friesen House, 255 Hanover Street, Steinbach, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 November 2013

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