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Memorable Manitobans: Árni Eggertsson (1873-1942)

Broker and builder.

Born at Frodhus, Iceland on 8 May 1873, son of Eggert Jonsson and Sigridur Jonsdottir, he came to Winnipeg as a boy, in 1887. He was educated at public schools and put himself through business college by working as a bellboy in the Queen’s Hotel. He then became a bookkeeper for the Wilson Furniture Company. He later worked as an accountant for the Robert Leckie Company and the De Laval Separator. He was Vice-President of the National Security Company, and a Director of the Winnipeg Fire Insurance Company and the Icelandic Steamship Company. A staunch supporter of progress in his homeland, he played at pivitol role in the founding and management of the Steamship Company iof Iceland (Eimskipafélag Íslands).

On 5 April 1895, he married Oddny J. Oddson of Winnipeg. They had four sons and two daughters. He later married a second time, to Thorey Sigurdardottir, and had a second family. He served as a Winnipeg City Alderman from 1907 to 1908, a member of the Parks Board in 1908, the Exhibition Board in 1908, and the Winnipeg General Hospital board in 1907. He was president of the Icelandic Liberal Association, general executive of the Liberal Association (1910) and Chairman of the City Power Committee in 1908. He was a member of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg. He enjoyed gymnastic sports. Liberal. Lutheran. In 1934, he lived at 120 Emily Street, Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg on 12 February 1942.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Thelma Apartments (272 Home Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“Men of Winnipeg in Diamond Jubilee Sketches” Winnipeg Free Press, December 1934. [Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 8, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections]

“Prominent figure in Icelandic community, Arni Eggertson, dies”, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 February 1942. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 109]

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

We thank Nelson Gerrard for providing additional information used in this profile.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 May 2011

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