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Memorable Manitobans: Elias Tapper (1840-1939)

Merchant, community activist.

Born in Poland on 6 June 1840, he emigrated to the United States and lived in New York City until 1881, when he arrived in Winnipeg and established a store on Main Street that he operated for many years. He and wife Henrietta Cohen (1843-1913) had eight children: Theresa Tapper (wife of Mordecai Weidman), Nathan Tapper (b 1871), Abraham Tapper (b 1873), Jacob Tapper (b 1876), Annie Tapper (b 1878, wife of Charles Isman), Louis Tapper (b 1882), Esther Tapper (b 1884, wife of Isaac Diner), and Myron Tapper (b 1887). He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and was actively involved in community philanthropic work. He died at Winnipeg on 5 January 1939 and was buried in Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.


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

1891 Canada census, Ancestry.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Pioneer resident celebrates his 94th birthday”, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 July 1935, page 3.

“Elias Tapper, 98, Winnipeg resident may years, dies”, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 1939, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 October 2010

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