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Memorable Manitobans: Magnus Peterson (1883-1935)

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Magnus Peterson
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Civil servant, curler.

Born at Winnipeg on 11 July 1883, he left school at the age of 15 to work as an office boy for City Clerk Charles Brown. Four years later, he was promoted to secretary to mayor John Arbuthnot. He spent three years in the position, becoming Assistant City Clerk in 1905. In 1926 he succeeded Brown as City Clerk, holding the position until shortly before his death. In addition to his other duties, Peterson was the Registrar for Winnipeg of all births, marriages, and deaths. An ardent curler, he was a President of the Manitoba Curling Association (1919-1920). He died at Alhambra, California on 11 February 1935. His body was returned to Winnipeg for burial in Brookside Cemetery, and his funeral was attended by ten former mayors of Winnipeg.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“John O’Hare is president Manitoba Curling Assn., Palmer again secretary,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 April 1920, page 17.

“Death occurs in California of M. Peterson,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 1935, page 1.

“Funeral service for M. Peterson is to be on Tuesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 February 1935, page 3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 April 2017

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