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Memorable Manitobans: Jan K. “John” Hilgenga (1906-1992)

Accountant, municipal official.

Born in The Netherlands on 11 November 1906, he immigrated to Canada in March 1930 and worked as an accountant for the Canadian National Railway in Winnipeg, retiring in November 1971. He also owned a farm at Dominion City. He served on the Charleswood School Board for 14 years and was Mayor of Charleswood (1964-1965). He was a CCF or New Democratic candidate in the 1953 and 1969 provincial general elections but was defeated each time. He died at Winnipeg on 18 April 1992 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park.


“Charleswood man nominated by CCF,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 1953, page 22.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1992, page 37.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 June 2017

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