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Memorable Manitobans: Jonas Johannesson (1863-1935)

Building contractor.

Born at Reykjavik, Iceland on 19 September 1863, he came to Manitoba in 1888 and initially lived at Glenboro, moving to Winnipeg in 1895, where he worked as a building contractor for many years. He and wife Rosa Einarsdottir (1865-1941) had eight children: Adalsteinn “Allan” Johannesson (1889-?), George Johannesson (1892-1919), Sigrun Emma Johannesson (1894-?, wife of James Moore Morrow), Konrad Jonasson “Konnie” Johannesson, Laufey Hansina Johannesson (1898-?, wife of Helgi Hornford), Aurora Johannesson (c1904-1992, wife of John Thordarson), and Johanna Unnur Johannesson (1907-1993, wife of James Llewellyn Thornton Simmons), and Valtyr “Walter” Johannesson (1910-1986). He was Treasurer of the Gimli Old Folks Home since its establishment and was a member of First Lutheran Church. He died at his Winnipeg home, 675 McDermot Avenue, on 6 September 1935 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Verona Apartments

730 Victor Street, Winnipeg

1911

 

Reliance Block

480 Young Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

Vilma Apartments

482 Young Street, Winnipeg

1913

 

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“J. Johanneson, west pioneer, dies, aged 72,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 September 1935, page 24.

Death registration [Rosa Johannesson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Rosa Johannesson], Winnipeg Tribune, 18 December 1941, page 23.

“Early Icelandic builders in Winnipeg” by S. Aleck Thorarinson, Logberg Heimskringla, 30 March 1967, pages 4-5.

Obituary [Valtyr Johannesson], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1986, page 58.

Obituary [Aurora Thordarson], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1992, page 32.

Obituary [Johanna Unnur Simmons], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 November 1993, page 72.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2022

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