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Memorable Manitobans: Hugo Emil Carstens (1866-1941)

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Hugo Emil Carstens
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Immigration agent, publisher.

Born at Oldenburg, Germany on 9 May 1866, son of Herman and Deborah Carstens, he was educated at Oldenburg. He came to Winnipeg in 1884 and was employed in the land office department of the Manitoba and Northwestern Railway and Colonization Company. He was engaged actively in German colonization work in the Northwest, both for government and railroads, and he served as an Imperial German Consul for the prairie provinces. In 1911, he was President and Manager of the German-language weekly Der Nordwesten, at one time the largest foreign-language publication in Canada.

In 1900, he married Kaethe Kort (1876-1946) of Wittenberg, Germany. They had six childen: Hugo Gustav Herman Carstens (1901-1985), Kaethe Marie Deborah Carstens (1902-1994), Hildegard Charlotte Carstens (1906-1999), Hans Wilford Otto Carstens (1907-1963), Ingeborg Elsa Carstens (1913-1997), and Rolf Heinrich Friedrich Eilheon Kort Carstens (1914-1989). He was a member of the Carleton Club, German Club, and Lutheran Church.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 810 Grosvenor Avenue, on 6 October 1941 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

The Leading Financial, Business & Professional Men of Winnipeg, published by Edwin McCormick, Photographs by T. J. Leatherdale, Compiled and printed by Stone Limited, c1913. [copy available at the Archives of Manitoba]

“H. E. Carstens dies at age of 75,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1941, page 5.

We thank Don White for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 October 2021

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