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Memorable Manitobans: Abraham Dueck Penner (1910-2008)

Businessman, municipal official.

Born in 1910, he grew up on a farm five miles northwest of Steinbach. He left the farm in 1937 to establish the Dodge dealership in Steinbach. He coined the phrase “The Automobile City” and contributed to Steinbach becoming a thriving center for automotive trade. In the 1950s he started a successful road construction and earthmoving business. At age 50 he earned his pilot’s license and flew until age 85. He helped to build the Steinbach Fly-in Golf Course. He enjoyed golfing, curling, skiing and riding horses. He served as a Steinbach Councillor from 1947 to 1957 and as Mayor from 1971 to 1980. He died at Steinbach on 7 March 2008.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 March 2008.

“Manitobans’ Legacy a Better Province,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2009, page B2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 January 2015

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