Memorable Manitobans: Christian Johnson (1854-1919)
Farmer, businessman, municipal official.
Born in Iceland on 29 September 1854, son of Jon Bjornsson and Margret Sigridur Bjarnadottir, brother of T. H. Johnson, he came to Manitoba in 1873 and later worked on construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He homesteaded at Gimli in 1877 then moved to Baldur in 1882. He opened C. Johnson & Sons Limited, an agricultural implements agency, in 1893. He and wife Arnbjorg Jonsdottir (1858-?) had four children: John Arngrimur Johnson (b 1880), Margaret Johnson (b 1882), Jonina Helga Johnson (b 1888), and Thomas Thorvald Johnson. He served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Argyle from 1897 to 1898, and from 1910 to 1918. He was also a member of the First Grain Board and the License Commission. He died of heart failure at his home in Baldur on 30 March 1919. He was buried in Baldur cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 2 April 1919, page 5.
We thank Nelson Gerrard for providing additional information used in this profile.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 19 February 2010
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