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Memorable Manitobans: Solomon Abraham (1872-1942)

Educator, farmer.

Born in Rumania [now Romania] on 21 October 1872, he graduated from the University of Bucharest with BA (1897) and MSc degrees and a PhD (Agriculture) from the University of Vienna. He married Sophia Goodman (c1879-?) and had three children; Yehuda Abraham (c1903-?), Bernhardina Abraham (c1904-?), and Frederick “Abbe” Abraham (1909-?), immigrating with his family to Canada in 1908. They settled in western Canada and he briefly took up farming before teaching in rural Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including work at Elva School (1913) and service as Principal of Snowflake School (1916), John H. Gunn School (1917), Wawanesa School (1921-1922), and Bowsman Union School (1922-1924). After moving to Winnipeg, he was a substitute high school teacher (c1924-1942) for the Winnipeg School Division, obtained a MA (1927, Agricultural Economics) degree from the University of Manitoba, worked for Minister of Agriculture Valentine Winkler in the field of grains research, and was actively involved with the local Jewish community. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 452 Salter Street, on 7 May 1942 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registrations [Frederick Abraham], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Results of Manitoba University examinations are made public,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 May 1927, page 9.

“Graduates get degrees,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 19 May 1927, page 2.

“Solomon Abraham, Winnipeg teacher, succumbs, aged 69,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 1942, page 4.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 6 January 2019

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