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Memorable Manitobans: Jon Snorri Johnson (1914-2003)

Farmer, seed grower.

Born at Arborg on 9 October 1914, son of Snaebjorn and Sigridur Johnson, he lived on the family farm in the Arborg district his entire life. His schooling consisted of a mixture of years at Vestri School, Ardal School, and part-time home tutoring. He worked on the family farm and, in 1934, the family began growing pedigreed cereal grain and forage seeds. He was also involved in the family hardware business until it was sold in 1990. He was a member of the Canadian Seed Growers Association and the Canadian Seed Trade Association. In the 1960s and 1970s, the seed business expanded and was incorporated as S. S. Johnson Seeds Limited. In 1990, he presented with the Robertson Associates Award by the Canadian Seed Growers Association for his contributions to Canadian agriculture. He died at Arborg on 15 May 2003 and was interred in the Arborg Community Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 2003.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2003, page A6.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 5 March 2017

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