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Memorable Manitobans: Stefan Thorson (1858-1934)

Municipal official.

Born in Iceland on 12 May 1858, he emigrated to Canada with his family in 1887 and lived at Winnipeg until 1912 when he moved to Gimli. He served as the Police Magistrate and Mayor of Gimli (1914) and was the father of cartoonist Charles Gustav Thorson and politician Joseph Thorarinn Thorson. In 1922, he moved to British Columbia but returned six years later and resideded at Selkirk. He died at his home there on 14 March 1934. He was buried in the Mapleton Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Thorson Cottage (Fourth Avenue, Gimli)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Thorson House / Kristjanson House (32 Lake Avenue, Gimli)


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Stephen Thorson, one of pioneer residents of Selkirk, is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 March 1934, page 3.

“The way it was,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 2009, page B2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 April 2020

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