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Memorable Manitobans: Mordecai S. Weidman (1864-1952)

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Mordecai S. Weidman
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Wholesale grocer.

Born at Bialostok, Russia, he came to Canada in 1882 and worked on the road gang of the Canadian Pacific Railway. From 1884 to 1887, he farmed near Moosomin, Saskatchewan with his brother Hiram Weidman. He came to Winnipeg in 1887 and was engaged in general storekeeping until 1906, when he joined his brother in the enterprise of Weidman Brothers Limited, of which he was vice-president.

He is one of the founders of Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, and was instrumental in forming the first YMHA in Western Canada (1892), serving as its first president. He was a director of the Jewish Consumptives Relief Society of Denver, Colorado and a Life Member of the Winnipeg General Hospital. He was a member of the Bnai Brith Lodge. In 1925, he lived at 91 Balmoral Place.

He died at Winnipeg on 21 September 1952 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.

Sources:

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Pioneer, 88, celebrates his arrival in city,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 1952. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

“City pioneer, M. S. Weidman, dies age 88,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 September 1952.

We thank Stan Carbone for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 October 2014

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