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Memorable Manitobans: Adalsteinn Kristjansson (1878-1949)

Building contractor.

Born in Iceland in April 1878, he came to Canada in 1906 where he worked in building construction, sometimes in partnership with his younger brother Fridrik Kristjansson, responsible for houses and apartment blocks around Winnipeg. On 15 April 1911, he married Olive Emily Sketchley (1889-?) at Winnipeg. They later divorced. He died at Los Angeles, California on 14 July 1949. He endowed a scholarship at the University of Manitoba in the name of his brother Fridrik Kristjansson.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Hekla Block

260 Toronto Street, Winnipeg

1911

Demolished (2018)

Asa Court

212 Langside Street, Winnipeg

1925

 

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“‘U’ given $20,000 scholarship bequest,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 December 1949, page 23.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 February 2022

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