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Memorable Manitobans: John Haffner (1848-1921)

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John Haffner
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Born at Buffalo, New York in 1848, son of Michael Haffner and Margaret Schmidt, the family moved to Waterloo County, Ontario while he was young, and where he attended the Berlin Grammar School. He then apprenticed for three years in the mercantile house of J. M. Frazer and Company at Elora, Ontario. He moved to Guelph where he was appointed assignee of Wellington County, an office that he held until 1881 when it was discontinued and, the next year, he came to Winnipeg. He went into the brokerage business, handling farm land, timber land, and city property. He was also a director of the British Empire Land Company of Toronto. On 13 September 1871, he married Mary Elizabeth Forster (1845-1936) at Elora, Ontario. They had four children: Ernest F. Haffner, Harry J. A. Haffner, E. B. Haffner, and K. E. Haffner. He was a member of the Carleton Club, Adanac Club, North West Commercial Travellers, and Anglican Church. He died at Winnipeg on 24 February 1921 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 April 2019

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