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Memorable Manitobans: Gerhard Hiebert (1868-1934)

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Gerhard Hiebert
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Born at Berdyansk, Russia [now Ukraine] on 13 September 1868, son of Gerhard Hiebert (1829-1901) and Susannah Enns (1843-1881), he accompanied his family when they immigrated to the United States in 1876. He grew up and attended school at Mountain Lake, Cottonwood, Minnesota and graduated from college at St. Paul. He came to Manitoba in 1889 and, on 10 July 1902, married Helena “Helen” Penner (1875-1962, later a Ward One Winipeg School District school trustee) at Gretna. He had three daughters: Helen [Elfriede / Irene] Hiebert (1908-1985, wife of John Frank Allen), Gerda Louise Hiebert (1911-?, wife of W. D. Riddoch), and Catherine Hiebert (1918-?), and resided in Winnipeg at 430 Edmonton Street (1911), 1044 Grosvenor Avenue (1921), 824 Wolseley Avenue (c1929), 855 Palmerston Drive [now Palmerston Avenue] (1934).

He received his education at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) with post graduate work done at Berlin, Germany (1905-1906) and Vienna, Austria (1910) as well as, for a time, as Military Examiner to the Austria-Hungarian Government. In Winnipeg, he maintained a general practice (1901-1905), specialized in surgery (1905), worked as a Surgeon at the Winnipeg General Hospital, was a Lecturer of Clinical Surgery (1905-1919) at the Manitoba Medical College, and partnered with Dr. Stanley G. Herbert, with whom he established the Hiebert & Herbert clinic in the Boyd Building. He was Vice-President of the Birds Hill Sandstone Brick Company / Wood’s Brick Company (c1919-c1925), Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Canadian Club, and was involved with the Concordia Hospital.

He was admitted to the Winnipeg General Hospital in mid-December and died there on 25 December 1934. He was buried in the St. John's Cathedral Cemetery.


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1921 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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“New era for Medical College,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 July 1905, page 7.

“Wins bursary [Miss Elfriede Hiebert],” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 July 1930, page 3.

“City briefs [Dr. Gerhard Hiebert],” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 December 1934, page 4.

“Dr. G. Hiebert, prominent Winnipeg physician, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 December 1934, page 2.

“Dr. G. Hiebert, prominent city surgeon, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 December 1934, page 3.

“Prominent surgeon dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 December 1934, page 3.

“Many attend services for Dr. G. Hiebert,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 December 1934, page 3.

“Friends and medical associates pay final honors to Dr. hiebert,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 December 1934, page 3.

“What they think today [The School Trustee],” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 November 1936, page 5.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Taylor James Johnson family tree, Ancestry.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 3 December 2020

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