Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Leo “Joe” Schwartz (1925-1993)
Businessman, farmer, municipal official.
Born at Ashern on 10 February 1925, son of Harry Schwartz (1886-1957) and Clara Bloomfield (1886-1987), brother of Arthur Schwartz, he attended school locally. In 1943, he married Irma Elaine Suderman (1925-2011) and they had subsequently had eight children. During the Second World War, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and was a telegrapher stationed aboard the frigate HMCS St. Stevens. After military service, he returned home where he worked and owned Ashern Supply (later Ashern Lumber). He took up farming in 1966, retired from the lumber business in 1971, and continued farming until his death in 1993. He also served as Reeve (1966-1970, 1976-1978) of the Rural Municipality of Siglunes, as a Trustee of the Lakeshore School Division, and was involved in the construction of the Ashern Centennial Hall. He was the Progressive Conservative candidate for St. George in the 1969 provincial general election but was defeated by Bill Uruski. His pastimes included curling, golf, hockey, baseball, and traveling. He died at Winnipeg on 7 July 1993.
“Ashern merchant dies at 71,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 May 1957, page 39.
Obituary [Clara Schwartz], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 1987, page 34.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1993, page C9.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 March 2011, page C17.
Taming a Wilderness - A History of Ashern and District by the Ashern Historical Society, 1976.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 25 June 2017
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