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Memorable Manitobans: Dwight John Adolphus Dahlgren (1901-1992)


Born at Dover, New Jersey on 1 October 1901, the son of John Augustus Dahlgren (1864-1940) and Carrie Dahlgren (c1870-?), at the age of 11, he moved with his parents to Manitoba and settled in the Durban-Benito area. After completion of Normal School, he taught at several rural schools, including Mowat School (1923-1926), and over the course of several summers, he earned a BA degree from the University of Manitoba. He met Amy Florence May Burdette (1900-1994), a public health nurse at Miniota Municipal School where he was Principal (1930-1934). He married her on 16 August 1930 at the Rural Municipality of Ellice and had four daughters, one of whom was Lorraine “Bean” Dahlgren (1931-2005, wife of Jack Wedel). The family moved to Flin Flon in 1934 where he was Principal (1934-1937) of Hapnot High School. In 1937, he look a position with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting, working there for 30 years, primarily in their research lab. Upon reaching the age of mandatory retirement, he continued as a teacher in the company’s apprenticeship program until final retirement in 1968. He moved to Transcona and died there on 20 June 1992.


Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Pioneers of the Mowat School District No. 1232, 1904-1968 [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.M73 P10, circa 1968]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 1992, page C24.

Obituary [Amy Dahlgren], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 September 1994, page D5.

Obituary [Lorraine Wedel], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 March 2005, page 20.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 18 June 2022

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