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Memorable Manitobans: John Carlton Hokanson (1901-1975)

Steamboat operator.

Born at Duluth, Minnesota on 2 June 1901, son of Frederick “Fred” Hokanson and Frida Eureka Norgren (c1881-1951), he came to Riverton at the age of 12. On 24 April 1922, he married Olivia Ingisbjorg “Loa” Peterson at Winnipeg and they had four children: Raymond John Hokanson (1922-1992), Lois Hokanson (?-2014, wife of Mr. Yaremko), Joan Olaf Hokanson (c1933-2005, wife of Nestor Mandryk), and Gail Victoria Hokanson (?-2012, wife of Richard “Dick” Piasecki). The family resided at Gimli (1922-1927) and Selkirk (1927-?). Like his father, he was involved in sailing and navigation on Lake Winnipeg and adjoining rivers, serving as Captain of the SS Keenora (1928-1952). He was Superintendent of the St. Andrews Locks and Dam (1952-1966) and later worked aboard the paddlewheel riverboats. A Mason, he was Master of the Lisgar Lodge No. 2 (1942-1943) and District Deputy Grand Master of the 10th District. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 28 May 1975 and was buried in Mapleton Lutheran Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Minnesota Historical Society.

Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Military couple married at Shilo,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 December 1945, page 12.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 June 1975, page 32.

Obituary [Raymond John Hokanson], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 November 1992, page 34.

Obituary [Joan Olaf Mandryk], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 September 2005, page A9.

Obituary [Gale Victoria Piasecki], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 April 2012, page C10.

Obituary [Dr. Lois Hokanson], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 July 2014, page B15.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 30 May 2015

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