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Memorable Manitobans: Sven Ivar Julias Klintberg (1889-1944)

Fox rancher, municipal official.

Born at Stockholm, Sweden on 11 October 1889, where he received early education prior to completing studies in England. Around 1914, he came to Canada, initially visiting Prince Edward Island where he undertook personal study on fox ranching, after which he headed west. Associating himself with the Canada West Silver Fox Ranch, he founded the Winnipeg Silver Fox Company Limited with Claude Ellis in 1921, centering operations at Birds Hill in the RM of East St. Paul.

On 20 May 1924, he married Frances Stella Ellis (1875-1970) at Brandon. A candidate for Mayor of East St. Paul, he was elected in December 1929, though deposed by January 1930 on account of insufficient property qualifications. He served as a multi-term Director (1928-41), Vice President (1937-?) and President of the Manitoba Fur Breeders’ Association (also known as the Western Canada Fur Breeders’ Association), a Director of the Canadian National Silver Fox Breeders Association, member of the Rotary Club, and a Mason.

He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 2 May 1944 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Silver Fox Estates Monument (Bird’s Hill, RM of East St. Paul)


Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Austin Sperring elected Reeve of East St. Paul,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 March 1930, page 16.

“Diet of foxes forms subject of lecture,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 1928 page 7.

“Fox Breeders’ Association discuss constitution,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 June 1928, page 14.

“Three Reeves elected by acclamation,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 November 1929, page 3.

“East St. Paul to ballot for Reeve Friday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 February 1930, page 3.

“No longer exclusive,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 6 November 1937, page 49.

“Name Douglas President of Fur Breeders’,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 6 November 1937, page 54.

“Silver Fox producers must strife for superior quality to share future prosperity,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 6 November 1937, page 55.

“Fur Breeders change name of association,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 September 1938, page 16.

“Col. J. Hunter Young heads Fur Breeders,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 November 1940, page 30.

“Officers chosen,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 January 1942, page 5.

“Sven Klintverg, fur expert, dies Tuesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 May 1944, page 13.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 May 1944, page 2.

“S. Klintberg rites Friday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 May 1944, page 5.

Obituary [Frances Stella Kintberg], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 May 1970, page 33.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 31 January 2017

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