Memorable Manitobans: Alter David “Albert” Skaletar (1870-1964)
Journalist, merchant, municipal official.
Born near Odessa in 1870, he worked as a grain trader and farmer before opening a clothing business in Winnipeg. He was a Canadian correspondent for the New York Jewish Daily News.
He and wife Esther Wasserman (1871-1946) had six children: Isaak Skaletar (1897-?), Wolfe Skaletar (1899-?), Anne Miriam Skaletar (1902-?, wife of Albert Louis Isaiah Levetan), Rose Skaletar (1902-?), Eva Skaletar (1907-?), Algy Emmanuel “Allan” Skaletar (1910-2002).
He served on the Winnipeg City Council (1912-1917), the first Jewish council member, and was President of the Rosh Pina Synagogue and Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. He was Chairman of the Board of Education for the Talmud Torah for many years. He was a member of the B'Nai Brith.
He died at Winnipeg on 15 July 1964 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.
Birth registrations [Isaak Skaletar, Wolfe Skaletar, Anne Skaletar, Rose Skaletar, Eva Skaletar, Algy Emmanuel Skaletar], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Anne Miriam Skaletar, Albert Louis Isaiah Levetan], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registration [Esther Chia Skaletar], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Alter Skaletar], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 1964, page 12.
Obituary [Algy Skaletar], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 January 2003.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 March 2023