Memorable Manitobans: Hiram L. Weidman (1863-1933)
Born at Orla, Poland on 1 May 1863, son of Beril and Rachel Weidman, he was educated in Poland at Bialystok. He came to Winnipeg in May 1882. His first job was unloading lumber from steamboats docked on the Red River at Water Street. Through the summer of 1882 and into 1883, he worked on a construction gang of the Canadian Pacific Railway as far west as Medicine Hat. He then farmed for three years in the Mouse Mountain district of Saskatchewan. He returned to Winnipeg and engaged in a retail grocery business, afterwards in jewellery trade. In 1906, in partnership with his brother Mordecai Weidman, he formed the wholesale grocery company of Weidman Brothers Limited, of which he was President.
On 14 December 1880, he married Fanny Dacin. They had six daughters and three sons, including Neiman J. Weidman. He served as President of the Winnipeg Hebrew Free School and was one of its founders. He was a member of Shaarey Zedek Synagogue and a trustee since its founding in 1890 on King Street. He was a Life Member of the Winnipeg General Hospital. He was a member of the Bnai Brith Lodge.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
“Hiram Weidman, one of founders of Winnipeg’s Jewish community, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1933.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 28 February 2015
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