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Memorable Manitobans: Olafia Jonina Jonsson Melan (1887-1966)

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Olafia Jonina Jonsson Melan
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Educator.

Born at Big Island, Manitoba on 6 March 1887, daughter of Icelandic immigrants Jon Jonsson and Sigridur Jonsdottir, she was a school teacher for 36 years, she taught at Haland School (1907-1909) and Whytewold Beach School (1946-1950), and served as the Principal of Gimli School (1915-1918, 1921-1925), Hnausa School (1941-1942, 1950-1954), Riverton School (1942-1943), Pierson School (1954-1955), Napinka School (1955-1958), and Brant School (1958-1961). In 1925, she married cleric Eyjolfur Melan (?-1960) and they subsequently had a son, Jonas Alywin Melan (1927-1969). In retirement, she moved to British Columbia where she died at Huntingdon on 4 February 1966.

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Unitarian minister dies at Argyle,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 November 1960, page 7.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

A History of Education in the Evergreen School Division by John C. Gottfried, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1965.

Wagons to Wings: History of Lundar and Districts, 1872-1980 compiled by Lundar and District Historical Society, 1980.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 March 2020

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