Memorable Manitobans: Arinbjorn Sigurgeirsson Bardal (1866-1951)
Born on a farm in northern Iceland on 22 April 1866, he emigrated to Canada in 1886, settling in Manitoba and working on a construction gang for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He bought a team of horses and started a transport business and later a taxicab and ambulance service. He sold his business in 1894 and began a funeral business which operates today. He was an investor in the Brookeville Granite Quarry. He was married twice, in 1893 to Sesselja Porgeirsdopttir who died of tuberculosis in 1899, and in 1900 to Margret Ingibjorg Olafsdottir (1880-1960). With his second wife, he had fourteen children, eleven of whom lived to adulthood. In 1926, he was elected a councillor for the Rural Municipality of North Kildonan. For many years he lived in a 1912 three-storey brown brick home at 867 Wolseley Avenue. He died at Winnipeg on 13 November 1951 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
Brother-in-law of Runolfur Marteinsson.
Brookside Cemetery: A Celebration of Life, Volume 1, published by E. R. Publishing & Communications Ltd., Winnipeg, 2003, ISBN 0-973346-0-5 (paper).
“Dr. and Mrs. R. Marteinsson,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 July 1950, page 16.
We thank John Richthammer and Agnes Bardal Comack for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 March 2018
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