Enoch Winkler


Enoch Winkler (January 2, 1852 – November 1, 1928[1]) was a farmer, merchant and political figure in Manitoba. He represented Rosenfeldt from 1888 to 1899 in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba as a Liberal.

Enoch Winkler
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for Rosenfeldt
In office
Preceded byNone - new district
Succeeded byWilliam Hespeler
Personal details
Born(1852-01-02)January 2, 1852
Waterloo County, Ontario
Died1 November 1928(1928-11-01) (aged 76)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Resting placeElmwood Cemetery
NationalityBritish subject
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Helen Stewart
RelationsValentine Winkler - brother
ChildrenHal Winkler
Occupationfarmer, merchant

He was born in Waterloo County, Ontario, the son of David J. Winkler and the brother of Valentine Winkler. Winkler came west in 1874,[1] working as a translator for a group of Plautdietsch speaking Mennonites emigrating to Manitoba.[2] In 1875, he moved to Emerson, where he set up a lumber business.[3] He later settled in Gretna. In 1878, he married Helen Stewart. Winkler was reeve for the Rural Municipality of Rhineland and served as mayor of Gretna from 1898 to 1899 and in 1901.[1] He was defeated when he ran for reelection to the Manitoba assembly in 1899.[4]

Winkler moved to California around 1908 but returned to Winnipeg a year and a half later. He died at home in Winnipeg at the age of 76.[1]

Winkler's former home in Gretna has been designated as a Municipal Heritage Site by the province of Manitoba.[2]

He was the father of ice hockey goaltender Hal Winkler.


  1. ^ a b c d "Enoch Winkler (1852-1928)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
  2. ^ a b "Winkler House". Canada's Historic Places. Parks Canada. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
  3. ^ Ens, Gerhard (1998). "Winkler, Valentine". In Cook, Ramsay; Hamelin, Jean (eds.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Vol. XIV (1911–1920) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
  4. ^ "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30.