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Memorable Manitobans: Dwight John Adolphus Dahlgren (1901-1992)

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Born at Dover, New Jersey on 1 October 1901, the son of John Augustus Dahlgren (1864-1940) and Carrie Dahlgren (c1870-?), at the age of 11, he moved with his parents to Manitoba and settled in the Durban-Benito area. After completion of Normal School, he taught at several rural schools, including Mowat School (1923-1926), and over the course of several summers, he earned a BA degree from the University of Manitoba. He met Amy Florence May Burdette (1900-1994), a public health nurse at Miniota Municipal School where he was Principal (1930-1934). He married her on 16 August 1930 at the Rural Municipality of Ellice and had four daughters, one of whom was Lorraine “Bean” Dahlgren (1931-2005, wife of Jack Wedel). The family moved to Flin Flon in 1934 where he was Principal (1934-1937) of Hapnot High School. In 1937, he look a position with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting, working there for 30 years, primarily in their research lab. Upon reaching the age of mandatory retirement, he continued as a teacher in the company’s apprenticeship program until final retirement in 1968. He moved to Transcona and died there on 20 June 1992.

Sources:

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Pioneers of the Mowat School District No. 1232, 1904-1968 [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.M73 P10, circa 1968]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 1992, page C24.

Obituary [Amy Dahlgren], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 September 1994, page D5.

Obituary [Lorraine Wedel], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 March 2005, page 20.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 15 November 2014

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