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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.


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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