Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Frederick Trapp (1886-1953)
Farmer, municipal official, MLA (1950-1953).
Born at Lashoff, Poland on 2 October 1886, son of Wilhelm Trapp and Pauline Kuehn, the family came to Canada in 1893 and, three years later, settled on a farm. For a time, he drove a truck for Shea's Brewery in Winnipeg before returning to farm.
He farmed and was a school trustee, municipal councillor, and Reeve in the Rural Municipality of Brokenhead (1920-1921, 1928-1929), and co-founder of the Brokenhead Agricultural Society. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature in a by-election In October 1950, following the death of Nicholas John Stryk, representing the constituency of St. Clements.
He was married twice, first on 11 May 1913 to Charlotte Louise Arnhold (1895-1949) at Greenwald School with whom he subsequently had four children: Eleanora Charlotte Trapp (1914-1996, wife of August Karl Richard Bauschke), Marguerite Trapp (1916-1959, wife of Michael Bruchanski), Arthur Albert Trapp, and Evelyn Trapp (?-?, wife of ? Nault). His second wife was Mete Trapp (?-?).
He died at Beausejour on 9 January 1953 and was buried in the Beausejour Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1921 Canada census, Ancestry.
“St. Clements MLA 2 years, A. Trapp dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 January 1953, page 29.
“Deaths and funerals, cabinet to attend funeral services of A. F. Trapp,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 January 1953, page 8.
And They Built An Altar: The History and Heritage of the Brokenhead Lutheran Community by Brokenhead Lutheran Historical Society, 1983, pages 405-406.
Obituary [Eleanora C. Bauschke], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 January 1996, page 48.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 19 October 2022