Memorable Manitobans: Haakon Magnus Leonard Overgaard (c1885-1974)
Born at Bjarkoy, Norway around 1885, he came to Canada in 1910 and established the Overgaard Construction Company, specializing in the building of grain elevators, elevator annexes, and flour mills. He designed and built the first sunflower seed processing mill at Altona.
He and wife Johanne Karoline Overgaard (c1886-1966) had four sons and a daughter. He was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, which he helped to build, Empire Club of Canada, and League of Norsemen in Canada (President, 1939).
He died at his Winnipeg home, 524 Sprague Street, on 30 January 1974 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:
“Haakon Overgaard heads Norse League,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 February 1939, page 5.
“Nazarene's spirit,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 March 1940, page 12.
Obituary [Johanne Karoline Overgaard], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 1966, page 26.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 February 1974, page 14.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Earl Sande for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 19 March 2022