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Memorable Manitobans: Franz Julius Solmundson (1907-1989)

Educator.

Born at Gimli on 20 July 1907, son of Julius Solmundson and Helga Jonntansdottir, he was educated at the Gimli School, the University of Manitoba, and the Manitou Normal School. He taught school and was the Principal of Ardal School (1936-1940) before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941, serving at the No. 3 Wireless School at Winnipeg. After the war, he resumed his university studies, and obtained BA and BEd degrees. He served successively as the Principal of Whytewold Beach School (1946-1948), Oak Bluff School (1948-1949), Birds Hill School (1949-1954), East St. Paul School (1953-1954), High Bluff Village School (1954-1959), and Starbuck School (1966-1968) before retiring in 1968. He and his wife Verna had four children. He died at Winnipeg on 6 March 1989.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Solmundson – Boyd,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 November 1967, page 18.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 March 1989, page 37.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 August 2016

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