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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Thorvald Johnson (1891-1953)

Agricultural implements dealer.

Born at Baldur on 26 June 1891, son of Christian Johnson and Arnbjorg Jonsdottir, he was educated at Baldur School and Wesley College, studying law for a time. During the First World War, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1916 and served in France with the Motor Transport from August 1917 until Armistice. He returned to Baldur after the war and worked in his father’s agricultural implements dealership of C. Johnson & Sons. He moved to Winnipeg in 1947 where he was a manufacturers’ agent.

On 19 November 1924, he married nurse Dora Landy at Baldur. They had two children: Thomas Christian Johnson and Mrs. J. C. Fuller. He was a prominent curler, participating in many bonspiels, and visiting Scotland as part of a delegation of Canadian curlers. He was a member of the Granite Curling Club, Masons, and IOOF.

He died at Winnipeg on 3 October 1953 and was buried in the Grund Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Attestation Papers, Library and Archives Canada.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Thomas T. Johnson dies at 62 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 1953, page 34.

“Death,” Baldur Gazette, 8 October 1953, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 July 2015

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