Memorable Manitobans: Peter Anderson (1884-1955)
Building contractor, farmer, grain merchant.
Born in Iceland in 1884, he came to Winnipeg in 1900 and worked in construction, building houses in the west end of the city. In 1908, he took up farming at Leslie, Saskatchewan, returning to Winnipeg in 1918 and buying a seat on the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, in partnership with Hannes J. Lindal, under the name of the North West Commission Company. He became its sole proprietor in 1928 and carried on a general grain business until retirement in 1950.
He and wife Vilborg “Villa” Jonson (?-1974) had five children: Lauga Anderson (1909-?, wife of W. H. Lindsay), Oscar Anderson (1911-?), Peter Stefan “Stebbie” Anderson (1913-1935), Olina Gudbjorg “Lena” Anderson (1914-1971, wife of Robert Albert Pyne), and Helen Gytha Anderson (1916-?, wife of Gordon Louis Shickele). The family lived at 549 Sherburn Street (c1921), 808 Wolseley Avenue (c1935), and 219 Overdale Street (c1955). He was a member of the First Federated Church and a founder and contributor to the Chair in Icelandic Studies at the University of Manitoba.
He died at Winnipeg on 14 December 1955 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
Birth registration [Olina Gudbjorg Anderson], Saskatchewan Vital Statistics.
1921 Canada census, Ancestry.
Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Peter Stefan Anderson], Winnipeg Tribune, 17 October 1935, page 2.
“Former grain merchant dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 December 1955, page 32.
Obituary [Lena Anderson Pyne], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 April 1971, page 39.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 January 2022