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Memorable Manitobans: John De Graff (1900-1954)

Market gardener, school trustee.

Born at Winnipeg on 22 October 1900, son of Dirk De Graaf (1870-1949) and Frederika De Vries (1868-1959), he was a market gardener at West Kildonan from 1926 to the time of his death. He served as a school trustee in the River East School Division. He drowned on 16 June 1954 while fishing at Great Falls and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery. He is commemorated by John De Graff School and John De Graff Park in Winnipeg.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: John De Graff Park (1024 Louelda Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: John De Graff School (1020 Louelda Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: De Graaf Nature Park (Reg Wyatt Way, Winnipeg)


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Funeral Tuesday for drowning victim,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 June 1954, page 38.

We thank Jim Smith and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 December 2014

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