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Memorable Manitobans: Sidney Hansen “Sid” Engen (1902-1976)

Carpenter, violin maker.

Born near Oslo, Norway in 1902, he came to Canada at the age of three. His family lived in western Canada before moving to North Dakota where he was educated. He came to Dauphin in 1919 and spent his working life as a carpenter and building contractor. On 28 November 1931, he married Edith Jean Dunbar (1909-1987) at Winnipeg and they had two sons and two daughters. In retirement, he turned to making musical instruments and received international acclaim for his violins, having made 75 by the time of his death. In recognition of his contributions to the field of music, he was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1974). He died at Winnipeg on 23 June 1976 and was buried in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Sources:

“World renowned violin maker dies,” Dauphin Herald, 30 Jun 1976, page 1.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 August 2021

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