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Manitoba History No. 89
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Memorable Manitobans: Herman Finger (1856-1929)

Lumberman, municipal official.

Born in Wisconsin on 13 April 1856, he worked at the Gerry Lumber Company from 1883 to 1890. He immigrated to Canada in 1900 with his wife Emma Elizabeth Finger (1856-1921) and their seven children, all born in Wisconsin: Orley H. Finger, Eva Finger, Oscar Finger, Viola Finger, Effie Grace Finger (wife of H. L. Weber), and Harold Finger. After living the Algoma region of Ontario, where he organized the Pigeon River Lumber Company, they moved to northern Manitoba, where Finger developed the Finger Lumber Company in the vicinity of The Pas, in 1911. He sold the firm in 1920 to the Winton family of Minneapolis, who renamed it The Pas Lumber Company. He served as the first Mayor of The Pas (1912-1916). In 1922, he ran for a set in the Manitoba Legislature but was defeated by John Bracken. He died at his Winnipeg home, 353 Maplewood Avenue, on 26 November 1929 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery. He is commemorated by the Finger siding on the Wekusko Subdivision of the Hudson Bay Railway.

See also:

Historical Tour - The Pas, Manitoba by Rosemary Malaher
Manitoba History, Number 15, Spring 1988

Sources:

“Pioneer lumberman of west succumbs,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 November 1929, page 4.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 July 2018

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