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Memorable Manitobans: Wolfe Cohen (1885-1955)

Fur merchant.

Born in Poland on 8 March 1885, son of Reubin Cohen and Jessie Cohen (c1866-1949), he was educated at London, England. He apprenticed there as a furrier, designer and ladies’ tailor. He came to Winnipeg in 1908 and worked for the Hudson's Bay Company. Two years later he opened his own business, W. Cohen Fur Company, of which he was President and General Manager. He was also a Director of the Dominion Fur Auction. He served on the Manitoba Game Commission and the Federated Budget Board, and was President of the Jewish Orphanage. He was a member of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Board of Trade, Masons, and B’nai B’rith. He died at Winnipeg on 23 December 1955.


“Men of Winnipeg in Diamond Jubilee Sketches,” Winnipeg Free Press, December 1934. [University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 8]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1955.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 October 2018

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