Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years

 

Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
Endangered
Top 10
2019

Jens Munk at Churchill
Field Trip:
Churchill
2020

Manitoba History No. 89
Manitoba
History

No. 89

War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old
Elevator

Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Harry Leon Trager (1913-1977)

Municipal official.

Born at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1913, he attended school and worked in various communities in Saskatchewan before moving to The Pas, Manitoba in 1940. He worked in the family business of Ben Dembinsky Limited for 25 years until his wife’s death in June 1967. He served on the town council of The Pas for 12 years until his election as Mayor in 1959. He served as Mayor until his electoral defeat in 1971. He was active in publicizing northern Manitoba in his travels, as well as for his fur ties, which he presented to such visiting dignitaries as Ed Sullivan, Winston Churchill, and Prince Philip.

He was a member of Rotary Club for 25 years and Elks Club for 30 years. He was regional president of the Boy Scouts and the Red Cross, and was active in the Canadian Diabetic Association. In 1965, he received the Golden Boy Award for his public service. In ill health, he moved to Winnipeg in 1975.

He died in January 1977 of a heart attack while vacationing at Palm Springs, California. His body was returned to Manitoba for burial in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. He is commemorated by Trager Drive in The Pas.

Sources:

“Golden Boys honor 12 Manitobans”, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 1965.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 January 1977, page 98.

We thank Henry Gutman for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 July 2019

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017


Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at biographies@mhs.mb.ca

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page

   


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.