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Memorable Manitobans: Godfrey Coblentz (1877-1947)

Merchant, municipal official.

Born at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he came with his family to Winnipeg in 1878, settling in Gretna in 1887. His father was a merchant in Gretna and Coblentz and his brother carried on the family business. He served on the Gretna school board for ten years and was Mayor of Gretna for five years. He was active in the community, interested in sports and was vitally important in building the curling rink in Gretna. He died at Gretna on 2 July 1947.

Sources:

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Winnipeg Free Press, Monday, 7 July 1947, page 21.

Page revised: 10 October 2009

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