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Manitoba History No. 89
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Memorable Manitobans: Olafur Bjornson (1869-1937)

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Olafur Bjornson
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Physician.

Born in Iceland on 28 December 1869, he came with his family to Manitoba at the age of 7 and settled on a farm at Sandy Bar on Lake Winnipeg, he was educated in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Winnipeg, graduating from the Winnipeg Collegiate in 1893. He raised money by teaching school for a time to put himself through medical school, graduating with an MD from the University of Manitoba in 1897, the first Icelander in Canada to graduate from medical school. He spent a year as house surgeon at the Winnipeg General Hospital then, in June 1898, he set up his own medical practice.

In June 1911 he married Sigurdur Brandson (?-1932), sister of B. J. Brandson. They had two children: John Ernest Bjornson and Margaret Ann Bjornson. The family lived at 764 Victor Street, Winnipeg. He was a member of the IOOF and the COF.

He died at Winnipeg on 3 October 1937 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery. A biographical file on him is held at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine Archives.

See also:

TimeLinks: Home, Victor Street, 1914

Sources:

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Deaths and funerals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1937, page 5.

We thank Christian Cassidy for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 September 2014

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