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Memorable Manitobans: Lindal Josafat Hallgrimson (1882-1968)

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Lindal Josafat Hallgrimson
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Building contractor.

Born at Gardar, Dakota Territory [now North Dakota] on 17 March 1882, son of Thorsteinn Hallgrimson and Ingun Lindal, he came to Canada in 1896. Three years later, he began working in general contracting at Winnipeg, establishing the firm of L. J. Hallgrimson Company in 1910. He was later President of the Columbia Grain Company and a director of Viking Press Limited.

On 6 November 1907, he married Valgerdur Malfridur Walterson (1883-1961, daughter of Bjorn and Kristin Walterson) and they had five children: Bjorn Hallgrimson (1908-1981, husband of Estella Frances Johnston), Kristin Valgerdue “Kris” Hallgrimson (1911-1990, wife of John Alexander Keating Broadfoot), Ingunn Benedicta “Inga” Hallgrimson (1913-1995, wife of Glenlyon Eyford), Lindal Joy “Lin” Hallgrimson (1923-1997), and Franklin Hjaldamur “Frank” Hallgrimson (1925-1991, husband of Rose Marie Warren). He was a member of the Adanac Club, Canadian Order of Foresters, and Lutheran church. In 1915, the family lived at 548 Agnes Street, Winnipeg.

He retired from contracting in 1933 and, after spending several years on his farm near Cypress River, he and his family returned to Winnipeg, residing there until 1949 when they moved to British Columbia, living first at Vancouver and later at Burnaby.

He died at Burnaby, British Columbia on 10 May 1968 and was buried there.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Ivanhoe Block (with Johannes Maris Sveinsson)

757 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg

1910

 

Waldorf Apartments

634 Broadway, Winnipeg

1911

 

First Lutheran Church (with Jon Tryggvi Bergman)

580 Victor Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

Sargent Building

668 Sargent Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

 

Holly Apartments

552 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg

1914

 

Elmhurst Apartments

558 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg

1926

 

Lindbergh Apartments

209 Furby Street, Winnipeg

1928

 

Franklin Apartments

435 Spence Street, Winnipeg

1929

 

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 404.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Death registrations [Valgerdur Hallgrimson, Lindal Hallgrimson, Lindal Joy Hallgrimson], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Lindal Josafat Hallgrimson], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1968, page 31.

Obituary [Bjorn Hallgrimson], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 December 1981, page 41.

We thank Blair Bingeman for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 March 2022

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