Memorable Manitobans: Andrew Hallonquist (1862-1937)
Businessman, immigration agent, publisher.
Born at Kinnared, Halland, Sweden on 28 March 1862, he came to Winnipeg in 1882. He worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway for some time then operated a grocery at 325 Logan Avenue and was a steamship agent for almost 50 years. He was an interpreter for the immigration department of the federal government from 1900 to 1910. In 1904, he was one of the founders of Canada Posten, a Swedish-language weekly newspaper, and later became its publisher and manager.
In 1889, he married Alberta Paulina Neilson (1867-1935) and they had six children: Ebba Marie Hallonquist (1891-1913), Emil Johan Hallonquist (1892-1955), Selma Bernadina Hallonquist (1894-1958, wife of William Glaser), Anna Irene Hallonquist (1896-1966, wife of James Wright), Ernest Eskil Hallonquist, and Russell Albert Hallonquist (1907-?). The family lived at 293 Ellen Street, Winnipeg. An active member of the Scandinavian Mission Church, the first Scandinavian religious organization in Canada, he was its treasurer until his death. He was also treasurer of the Scandinavian Mission Covenant of Canada for 18 years.
He died at the Victoria Hospital on 19 April 1937 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Birth registrations [Selma Bernardine Hallonquest, Johan Emil Hallonquist, Anna Eurenia Hallonquist, Russell Arthur Eugene Hallonquist], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Selma Bernhardina Hallonquist, William Glaser], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registrations [Ebba Marie Hallonquist, Albertina Paulena Hallanquist, Andrew Hallonquist], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Miss Hallonquist's death,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 January 1913, page 14.
“Mrs. A. Hallonquist, prominent Swedish resident, is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 March 1935, page 5.
“A. Hallonquist, resident here 55 years, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 April 1937, page 6.
“Andrew Hallonquist, pioneer resident of Winnipeg, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1937, page 11.
Obituary [Emil Johan Hallonquist], Winnipeg Tribune, 21 June 1955, page 22.
Obituary [Selma Bernadina Glaser], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 July 1958, page 14.
Obituary [Anna Irene Wright], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1966, page 34.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 April 2023