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Memorable Manitobans: Oscar Ferdinand Bjornson (1906-1972)

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Oscar Ferdinand Bjornson
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Accountant, service manager, MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966), MLA (1966-1969).

Born at Glenboro on 14 February 1906, son of Magnus and Gudrun Bjornson, he was educated at John M. King School and Kelvin Technical High School. He worked as an officer of Lavoie Motors Limited of Lac du Bonnet. He worked for fifteen years with the Ford Motor Company of Canada and Ford Motor Company of India, and five years as a technical adviser to the Government of India during the Second World War. On 19 June 1925, he married Signe Idella Moland (?-?, daughter of Torjus Moland of Granite Falls, Minnesota) and they had four children: Kenneth Harold Bjornson, Bernard Magnus Bjornson, John Calvin Bjornson, and Marlys Hope Bjornson. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1959 general election and was re-elected in 1962 and 1966 but did not stand for re-election in 1969. He died at Calgary, Alberta on 13 August 1972 and was buried in the Riverland Cemetery.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1960.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 August 1972, page 56.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

We thank Dianne Wood, Lissa Bjornson, and Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 March 2021

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