Memorable Manitobans: Cornelius Abraham DeFehr (1881-1979)
Born in South Russia in 1881, son of Abram and Helen DeFehr, he was a partner in a farm implements manufacturing business until 1925, when he emigrated to Canada and lay the foundation for the furniture business of C. A. DeFehr & Sons.
In 1903, he married Elizabeth Dyck (?-1972). They had three sons: Abram C. DeFehr (1909-2006), Cornelius C. DeFehr (1911-2000), and William DeFehr (?-1987). In 1967, he wrote a memoir entitled Memories of My Life Recalled for My Family. In 1977, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.
He died at Winnipeg on 11 February 1979 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 February 1979, page 180.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 November 2011
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