Memorable Manitobans: Bjorn Thorlaksson Jonasson (1884-1966)
Farmer, municipal official.
Born at Myvatnssveit, Iceland on 20 October 1884, son of Thorlakur Jonasson (1849-1928) and Kristrun Jonasson (1845-?), brother of Jonas Thorlaksson Jonasson, the family immigrated to Canada in 1893. He was a pioneer farmer of the the Moosehorn Bay district, which he suggested be renamed to Silver Bay to avoid confusion with the village of Moosehorn. A founding trustee (1912-1930s) of the Silver Bay School District, he also served the Rural Municipality of Siglunes as a founding Councillor (1919-1950, Ward Five) and Reeve (1950-1961), retiring in December 1961.
He was a Honourary Life Member of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities and returned to his native Iceland twice, making the trip to accompany his blind brother Jonas in 1961, and a second time on his own, in 1965. On 23 October 1908, he married Kirstjana Petursson (1880s-1958) at Baldur and had three children: Arnthor Jonasson (b 1911), Kristjan “Kriss” Jonasson (b 1912), and Maria H. Jonasson (b 1918, wife of Jon Sigurdson).
He suffered a heart attack in February 1966 and died at Ashern on 18 April 1966.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 1966, page 42.
Winnipeg Estate file 1189/66, Bjorn Thorlaksson Jonasson, Archives of Manitoba.
Taming a Wilderness - A History of Ashern and District by the Ashern Historical Society, 1976.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 21 September 2014
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