Memorable Manitobans: Hirsch Girtle (1862-1943)
Born at Hrublesow, Poland on 29 August 1862, he came to Manitoba in June 1882. He spent a few years at Gruber where he and Eliezer Gruber formed a Jewish agricultural colony and he served as postmaster of the community (1901-1906). He moved to Winnipeg in 1906.
He and wife Esther Poliner (1860-1932) had eight children: Sarah Girtle (1885-?, wife of Simon Israels), Eva Girtle (1888-?, wife of Joseph Greenberg), Jennie Girtle (1890-?, wife of W. Wasserman), Theressa Girtle (1893-?, wife of H. Kahn), Max Girtle (1896-?), Bessie Girtle (1898-?, wife of ? John), Allen “Al” Girtle (1900-?), and Dorothy Girtle (1903-1958). He was one of the early member of the Chevra Mishnayas Synagogue, served as its President, and was considered an authority on Jewish religious learning and tradition.
He died at Regina, Saskatchewan on 22 February 1943 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.
Birth registrations [Thressa Girtle, Dorothy Girtle], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 [Harry Guteg] and 1906 [Henry Girtle] Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.
Marriage [Sarah Girtle, Simon Israelovitch], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage [Eva Girtle, Joseph Greenberg], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Mrs. H. Girtle, one of city pioneers, dies on Saturday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 1932, page 14.
“Jewish “old timers” organize association,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 June 1942, page 3.
“Pioneer Jewish resident dies Monday in Regina,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 February 1943, page 2.
“Plumbing firm executive dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 March 1958, page 6.
Obituary [Theressa Girtle], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 May 1977, page 30.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 July 2022