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Memorable Manitobans: Steinn Olafur Thompson (1893-1972)

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Steinn Olafur Thompson
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Physician, MLA (1946-1949), MLA (1950-1953), MLA (1954-1957).

Born at Winnipeg on 23 November 1893, son of S. W. Thompson, he spent his early years in Selkirk. He graduated from Wesley College as Gold Medalist in mathematics (1914) and, during the First World War, he served in France with the 11th Field Ambulance, being wounded at Passchendaele. Following his military discharge, he received a medical degree from the Manitoba Medical College (1921), established a medical practice at Riverton (1922), and resided there for the rest of his life.

Elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1945, he was acclaimed in 1949 and elected in 1953 then defeated in 1958 by George Johnson. He was actively involved in the opening up the country north of Riverton for fishing interests, and for promotion of recreational facilities along the west shore of Lake Winnipeg.

On 3 October 1923, he married Thordis Anna Eyjolfsson (1901-1993) and they had four children: Dorothy Thompson (?-?), Margaret “Peggy” Thompson (1926-2009, wife of Cecil McIntosh), John “Johnny” Thompson (?-1993), and Robert “Bob” Thompson (?-?). He received the Manitoba Golden Boy Award for service to Manitoba (1968).

He died at his home in Riverton on 19 August 1972 and was buried in the Riverton Community Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1947.

“10 Manitobans get Golden Boy Awards,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 November 1968.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 August 1972.

Obituary [Thordis Anna Thompson], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1993, page 59.

Obituary [Peggy McIntosh], The Interlake Spectator, 15 May 2009, page 38.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 March 2021

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