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Memorable Manitobans: Abram William “Abe” Krahn (1923-2016)

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Abe Krahn
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Born near Altona on 15 October 1923, son of Abram A. Krahn (1895-1976) and Anna Wiebe (1896-1991), he grew up at Sperling and graduated from the University of Manitoba with BA (1958) and BEd (1960) degrees. He was the Principal of Whytewold Beach School (1953-1954) and Headingley School (1955-1956). By the latter 1950s, he had joined the St. James School Division teaching staff, working at Silver Heights Collegiate (1959-1969) and later was the Vice Principal of Deer Lodge Junior High School (1969-1970), Lincoln Junior High School (1970-1973), and John Taylor Collegiate (1973-1985). He also taught mathematics during his administrative years. On 2 July 1960, he married Grace Theresa “Gracie” Rattai (1934-2015) at Regents Park United Church in St. Vital. The couple had three sons and resided in Winnipeg until moving to South Surrey, British Columbia in 1999. He died at White Rock on 23 August 2016.


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

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

Obituary [Magdalene Peitsch Rattai], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 2004, page 19.

“Krahn - Rattai,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 1960, page 14.

Birth notice [Krahn], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 1963, page 28.

Obituary [Abram A. Krahn], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 October 1976, page 57.

Obituary [Anna Krahn], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 1991, page 15.

Obituary [Grace Krahn], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 March 2015, page 31.

We thank Corrie Krahn for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 29 October 2016

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