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Memorable Manitobans: Bjorn S. Johnson (?-1973)

Farmer, community activist.

Born at Gardar, North Dakota, he came to Canada at the age of 15. On 17 November 1915, he married Thorhildur Jonina Frederickson (1890-1985), one of 11 children of Icelandic immigrants, at Glenboro. Four years later, they purchased her father’s farm four miles south of Glenboro, operating it until 1958 when they retired and moved to Glenboro. He served for 50 years on the board of the Lutheran Church at Grund, including 40 years as Chairman. He was a councillor in the Rural Municipality of Argyle for nine years, a member of the Glenboro Fair Board for more than 40 years, and served on the board of a hospital he helped establish at Glenboro. He also helped to establish a local playground and swimming facility. In 1964, he was given a Golden Boy Award in recognition of his community service. He died at Glenboro on 10 March 1973 and was buried in Glenboro Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“9 Golden Boys and Golden Gal”, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1964.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 March 1973, page 30.

Obituary for T. J. Johnson, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 1985, page 34.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 March 2012

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