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Memorable Manitobans: Howard B. Sommerfeld (?-1950)

Agriculturalist, civil servant.

Born at Juneau, Wisconsin in March 1891, he moved with his parents, Johannah and Bernard Sommerfeld, in 1908 to Saskatoon. Educated at universities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Wisconsin University (Master’s degree) and Minnesota University (PhD), he was on staff at the Manitoba Agricultural College for 12 years. He became District Superintendent of Canada Colonization Association around 1932 and served as chairman of the Manitoba Equalization and Assessment and Appeal Board.

Active in church work as well as scientific and agricultural organizations, he was an elder at St. Stephen’s Broadway United Church. He also belonged to the St. John’s Lodge and Scottish Rite. He and his wife Lottie shared one son, S. F. Sommerfeld. On 11 October 1950, he died at Misericoridia Hospital and was later buried in a family plot at Saskatoon.

Sources:

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Colonization official dies aged 59 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 1950. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 155]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 28 August 2010

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