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Memorable Manitobans: Feivel “Frank” Simkin (1885-1983)


Born at Magilio, Russia in 1885, he came to Winnipeg in 1905. In 1911 he established the Israelite Press, until 1954 the only Jewish newspaper in western Canada. He was also active in the Jewish community, a leader of the Arbeiter Ring School and later the I. L. Peretz School. He became President of Universal Printers when it was founded in 1949, remaining head of the company until its sale and his retirement in 1960. In 1974 he was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt. He died at Winnipeg on 20 April 1983 and was buried in the Hebrew Sick Benefit Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1983, page 66.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 August 2020

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