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Memorable Manitobans: Fridrik Kristjansson (c1885-1954)

Building contractor.

Born in Iceland around 1885, he came to Canada in 1906 and worked as a general contractor at Winnipeg, building houses and apartment blocks around the city, sometimes in partnership with his brother Adalsteinn Kristjansson.

On 10 October 1914, he married Holmfridur Jonsdottir (1892-1983) at Winnipeg. They had five children: Palmey Gudbjorg Kristjansson (1915-1969, wife of Norman Arthur Blackie), Josefina Asgerdur “Asa” Kristjansson, Unnur Kristjansson (1919-1922), Adalsteinn F. “Steini” Kristjansson, and Gudbjorg Unnur “Bertha” Kristjansson (1926-2018, wife of Douglas Freeman Parkhill).

He died at his Winnipeg home, 122½ Garfield Street, on 23 February 1954 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

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:

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

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 24 February 1954, page 11.

“Early Icelandic builders in Winnipeg” by S. Aleck Thorarinson, Logberg Heimskringla, 30 March 1967, page 7.

Obituary [Palmey Blackie], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 January 1969, page 24.

Obituary [Holmfridur Kristjansson], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1983, page 65.

Obituary [Gudbjorg Unnur Parkhill], Toronto Star, 24 August 2018.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2022

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