Fonds med-307 - Adolf Dederer fonds

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Adolf Dederer fonds

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CA MED med-307

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  • 1910-1948 (Creation)
    Dederer, Adolf

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4.5 cm of textual records. -- library materials

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After six years of saving, Mr. Adolf Dederer had enough money to pay his passage from Russia to Winnipeg. The ship he sailed on was in poor repair, and had to turn back when it was nearing the half-way mark. After changing ships he finally reached North America, 50 days after leaving Russia. Mr. Dederer settled in Winnipeg and worked at several jobs; cutting wood, laying water and sewer lines and firing and cleaning boilers. He married Wilhelmina (nee Cannenbert) in 1909, and later ventured into the business world, when he and his brother opened a meat and grocery store. They also bought a dairy farm at St. Anne, Manitoba, and after three years, sold both enterprises and moved to Leader,Saskatchewan. In Leader, they operated a successful meat and grocery store for several years before they eventually bought a grain farm. The brothers later separated, and in 1921, Adolf Dederer came to Medicine Hat where he opened a meat and grocery store on 7th Avenue. Farming however continued to play a part in his life, and he bought 2.5 sections of land near Bullshead. At that time, land was being sold for $1.50 to $2.50 per acre to pay for back taxes. His first crop was so successful that he paid for the land and machinery all in one year. Mr. Dederer eventually sold the land, and in 1931, built the Gas City Flour Mill despite the fact that three flour mills were already operating within the city. He planned and supervised the building of the mill, and was successful in its operation despite fierce competition among the mills in town. ;Always ready for a new venture, Mr. Dederer opened a puffed wheat plant in conjunction with the mill. The business was a success and the product sold locally and beyond. When the mill and puffed wheat plant were sold, Mr. Dederer continued with his entrepeneurial spirit and started his own construction company. Some of his biggest projects included construction and ownership of the Towne Theatre, the Drive-In Theatre, Park Lane Bowl and the Park Lane Motor Hotel under the name of Dederer Enterprises. Adolf Dederer passed away on January 21, 1982. He was predeceased by his wife Wilhelmina, on June 13, 1972.

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The fonds consists of: a promotional booklet for the City of Medicine Hat compiled by the Board of Trade (1910); City of Medicine Hat Budget Estimate Ledger (1948).

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Gift of Hanna Rae, October 7, 1991.


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Record No. M91.25.1-.2<br><br>

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