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Memorable Manitobans: Karl Baldwin Thorkelson (1896-1984)

Educator, school inspector.

Born at Winnipeg on 1 February 1896, son of Icelandic immigrants Gudjon Thorkelson and Lilja Jonsdottir, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with BA (1948) and BEd (1949) degrees. He was Principal of Ardal School (1927-1930) then Maple Leaf Collegiate (1930-1949) at Morden, when he was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector, succeeding Clarence Moore, based at Virden. He retired in the summer of 1962 and was succeeded by R. R. Partridge. On 7 July 1928, he married Rose Hedges (1907-1988) at Winnipeg. He died at the Virden Hospital on 7 March 1984 and was buried in the Virden Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“New graduates are listed by faculties [Bachelor of Education],”, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 may 1949, page 8.

“Education department makes staff changes”, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 July 1949, page 6.

“Eight school inspectors take over new districts”, Steinbach Carillon News, 12 August 1949, page 2.

“School inspectors named”, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 1962, page 3.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 8 March 1984, page 20.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 October 2018

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