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Memorable Manitobans: Jacob “Jake” Buhler (1931-2015)

Farmer, handyman, municipal official.

Born at Holmfield on 10 January 1931, fifth of nine children born to Russian immigrants Jacob and Helena Buhler, he completed eighth grade at Bicton Heath School then attended Bible School. As a young man, he worked on the family farm, cut firewood, and logged in the forests of British Columbia and Manitoba. On 2 October 1955, he married Anne Henry Peters (?-2001) and they subsequently had three sons. They moved to Churchill in 1957 where he worked as a carpenter until 1961 when they returned to the Winnipegosis area to operate a grain and cattle farm for six years. In 1967, they moved to Swan River where they farmed until retirement in 1998. He also worked as a mechanic at a farm implements dealership and a plumber, installing running water in rural homes into the mid-1970s. He served as a councilor and Reeve (1996-2001) of the Rural Municipality of Swan River. Active in his church, he taught Sunday School, worked at a Bible Camp, was a lay preacher, and helped to construct a church building (1978-1979). He moved to Portage la Prairie in 2005 then to MacGregor in 2015, where he died on 5 June 2015.


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Jessica Bergen.

Page revised: 25 May 2017

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