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Memorable Manitobans: Knud Birch Schioler (1891-1974)

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Knud Birch Schioler
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Building contractor, financial agent.

Born at Frederiksberg, Denmark on 4 June 1891, son of Sophus Charles Anton Schioler (1855-1912) and Carla Christiane Birch (1864-1947), he came to Canada in 1909 where, in partnership with Pierre Lacour, his firm of Lacour & Schioler was responsible for numerous building projects around Manitoba through the 1920s, although he lived at St. Paul, Minnesota from 1915 to 1920. From the 1930s to the 1960s, he was proprietor of the financial and insurance firm of Schioler and Company.

He was married twice, first in 1912 to Scottish-born Elizabeth Gillespie Leask (1891-1930) at Calgary, Alberta with whom he had two children: Inger Leask Schioler (1914-1998, wife of John Francis Topping) and John Campbell Schioler (1917-1920), and second on 7 January 1932 to Danish immigrant Kirsten Pontoppidan (1912-2006) with whom he had a son, John Pontoppidan Schioler (1933-?). He was a member of the Danish Brotherhood, Credit Granters Association (President), Progressive Conservative Club (Vice-President), and Danish Curling Club.

He died at Winnipeg on 13 July 1974 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Manitoba Business: Lacour & Schioler


Birth announcement [Schioler], Winnipeg Tribune, 14 April 1914, page 11.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Obituary [Elizabeth Gillespie Schioler], Winnipeg Tribune, 20 September 1930, page 3.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Inger L. Schioler is bridge of J. F. Topping,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 September 1938, page 7.

“Danish minister here,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 August 1942, page 15.

“Credit men confer,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 May 1943, page 13.

“Club elects 11 to executive,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 January 1944, page 9.

“Danish curlers conclude season,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 March 1948, page 16.

“Armed holdup halted,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 1961, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 1974, page 29.

Obituary [Inger Topping], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 December 1998, page 123.

Obituary [Kirsten Schioler], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 May 2006.

Knud Birch Schioler, Ancestry.

We thank Natalie McDonald for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 January 2021

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