Memorable Manitobans: Franklin Bricker “Frank” Groff (1883-1943)
Born at Berlin [now Kitchener], Ontario on 5 September 1883, he came to western Canada around the turn of the 20th century. He farmed for a time at Balmoral before moving to Winnipeg where he was a prominent building contractor.
On 23 June 1909, he married Annie May Clemens Cole (1883-1958) at Winnipeg and they had six children: Franklin Robertson “Robert” Groff (1910-2001), Douglas Cole Groff, Margaret Clemens Groff (1914-1997), Olive Henderson Groff (1916-?, wife of Albert Otto Zeemel), Edward Carl “Ted” Groff (1920-2005), and Alan Bricker Groff (1927-1996). He was Commodore of the Winnipeg Canoe Club (1912) and a member of the Masons and Crescent-Fort Rouge United Church.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“F. B. Groff, pioneer builder, dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 March 1943, page 13.
“Many attend Groff funeral,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 March 1943, page 15.
“Funeral service Thursday for Mrs. Annie Groff,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 September 1958, page 16.
Annie May Clemens Cole, Ancestry.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 19 March 2022