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Memorable Manitobans: Gudmundur Fjeldsted [Fjelsted] (1872-1961)

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Gudmundur Fjeldsted
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Farmer, MLA (1921-1922).

Born on 1 November 1872, he came to Manitoba in the 1880s and lived for a few years at Winnipeg before settling in the Minerva district near Gimli and purchasing a farm. He and his wife Gudrun Jakobina Einarsdottir (1876-1959) had six children: Andres Fjeldsted (1903-1994), Helga Gudbjorg Fjeldsted (1905-?, wife of F. Finsson), Fridrik Fjeldsted (1906-1973), Bergur Emil Fjeldsted (1912-1979), Gudrun Louisa Fjeldsted (1915-?, wife of A. Johnson), and Asgeir Fjeldsted (1918-1992).

Elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1920 general election, representing the Gimli constituency, he defeated incumbent Taras Ferley by 117 votes. He served a single term, choosing not to seek re-election in 1922. He continued to farm until the age of 75 when he retired to Gimli.

He died at Gimli on 20 January 1961 and was buried in the Gimli Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 January 1961, page 42.

Obituary [Fridrik Fjeldsted], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 1973, page 31.

Obituary [Asgeir Fjeldsted], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 June 1992, page 26.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 January 2021

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