Memorable Manitobans: Arnold Wilhelm Riedle (1873-1937)
Born near Wurtemberg, Germany on 24 July 1873, he came to Winnipeg with his parents in 1883. The family lived for a time in Saskatchewan until the 1886 death of his mother when they returned to Winnipeg. At that time, he and his father entered the brewing business, which in 1905 became the Riedle Brewery Limited. He branched into the hotel business, in 1899 running the Oriental Hotel. In the early 20th century, he also bought the Benson Brothers Brewery and renamed it the Edelweiss Brewery. In 1919, it was ransacked by returning veterans of the First World War. He owned farms at Petersfield, Elm Creek, and Whitemouth. On 19 July 1899, he married Natalie Popp at Winnipeg. They had no children. Active in the community, he was President of the Winnipeg Pee-Wees, Honorary President of the Elmwood Maple Leaf Hockey Club, and a member of the Elmwood Horticultural Society. He died at his Winnipeg home, 312 Talbot Avenue, on 11 July 1937 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1921 Canada census, Ancestry.
“Brewery founder is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 July 1937, page 1.
“Friends pay final tribute to memory of Arnold W. Riedle,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 July 1937, page 22.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 March 2015
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