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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest Forster Haffner (1876-1942)

Lawyer, businessman.

Born at Listowel, Ontario on 29 May 1876, son of John Haffner and Mary Elizabeth Forster, he came to Winnipeg with his family in the late 1880s. He attended St. John’s College and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1896. He taught school for four years, serving as Principal at Beausejour School and Melita School (1900). In 1901 he entered law school and later articled in the offices of Alexander Haggart as well as Munson and Allan, later becoming a partner in the latter firm. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1904 and became a King’s Counsel about 1925.

He was a director for the Dominion Bridge Company. He was Vice-President of the Manitoba Bridge and Iron Works and the Phoenix Elevator Company; president of the Standard Iron Works of Edmonton, Alberta, and associated with the Riverside Iron Works of Calgary.

On 20 August 1908 he married Flossie McEachern at Winnipeg. They had one child, Kenneth Haffner. He was an avid sportsman, a member of the St. Charles Country Club, the Manitoba Club, and a charter member of the Winnipeg Winter Club.

He died on 8 February 1942.


Birth registration, Ancestry.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“E. F. Haffner dies Sunday aged 66 Years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1942. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 110]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 December 2013

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