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Memorable Manitobans: Hans Petur Tergesen (1863-1954)

Merchant, municipal official.

Born at Akureyri, Northern Iceland on 16 February 1863, son of Hans Petur Taergesen and Ingibjorg Judit Gudjonsdottir. He came to Canada in 1886 and worked at the tinsmithing trade in Winnipeg with Campbell Brothers, later in business for himself. He came to Gimli in 1898 and started a general store that became, by the 1920s, one of the best appointed general stores in the province, carrying hardware, groceries, and general merchandise. He and wife Sigridur Palsdottir (?-1950) had three sons and three daughters. He served as a councillor on the Gimli town council before incorporation, later serving as Mayor of Gimli from 1911 to 1913 and from 1919 to 1923. He died at Gimli on 18 November 1954 and was buried in the Gimli Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tergesen House (38 Fourth Avenue, Gimli)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: H. P. Tergesen General Store (82 First Avenue, Gimli)


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“General merchant, former Gimli mayor, H. P. Tergesen dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 November 1954, page 42.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 November 2013

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