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Memorable Manitobans: Franklin Johnson [Jonsson] (c1920-2001)

Farmer, poet.

Born around 1920 in the Geysir district, an area of early Icelandic settlement near Arborg, son of Magnus and Maria Johnson, he wrote poetry in English and Icelandic and once wrote a poem for Vigdis Finnbogadadottir, the President of Iceland, when she visited Arborg in 1989. He moved to Iceland in 1994 and was awarded an honorary citizenship. He died on 10 December 2001, aged 81, and was buried in Iceland.

Sources:

Faith and Fortitude: A History of the Geysir District 1880s-1980s, Arborg: Geysir Historical Society, 1963.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 December 2001, page C13.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 30 October 2016

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