Memorable Manitobans: Gudmundur Olafur Thorsteinson (1888-1934)
Born at Churchbridge, Saskatchewan on 14 September 1888, he was educated at Manitoba schools at Portage la Prairie and near Langruth. He received an Arts degree from Wesley College (1914). He taught at school at Innisfall, Alberta and near Langruth. He was the Principal of Lundar School (1915-1916) at the time of his enlistment in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in Belgium and France. Following his return from military service, he was successively as the Principal of Gimli School (1919-1921), Selkirk School (?-?), Bannatyne School (1923-1925), The Pas School (1926-1928), Neepawa School (1929-1930), and Balmoral School (1931-1934). He spent one season on the teaching staff of the Success Business College at Winnipeg and, in 1928, was Editor of the weekly newspaper The Prospector at The Pas. He died at Winnipeg on 27 July 1934 and was buried in the military section of Brookside Cemetery.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“G. O. Thorsteinson school principal, dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 July 1934, page 9.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 August 2015
Back to top of page