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Memorable Manitobans: Halldora Hermann [Hermannsdottir] “Dora” Magnusson (1885-1977)

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Halldora “Dora” Magnusson
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Born in Iceland on 6 September 1885, daughter of Hermann Hjalmarsson and Magnea Gudjohnsen, she immigrated with her family the United States in 1890 and settled in the Edinburg district of North Dakota. She graduated from the University of North Dakota (1909) and became a teacher for the Winnipeg School Board, working at Pinkham School (1904-1909), Wellington School (1910-1914), and Aberdeen School (1914-1916). She was a teacher (1917-1919) and Principal (1919-1920) of Kate Street School / Maple Leaf School after which she became the first Principal of Montcalm School (1920-1923). She resigned the position in July 1923 to marry Magnus G. Magnusson (?-?) at Gardar, North Dakota on 8 September 1923, in the residence of her sister Mrs. J. K. Olafson. The couple settled at London, Ontario. She died there on 8 December 1977 and was buried in the Woodland Cemetery.


“Ladies held up”, Manitoba Free Press, 15 October 1906, page 18.

“Miss Dora Hermann - Montcalm School”, Lögberg, 3 May 1923, page 7.

“Pupils pass 40,000 mark,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 July 1923, page 3.

“Magnusson - Hermann,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 September 1923, page 8.

“Winnipeg nurse 26 years dies [Maria Herman],” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 December 1940, page 15.

Obituary [Theodora Hermann], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 October 1975, page 31.

Obituary, Lögberg-Heimskringla, 13 January 1978, page 7.

Canadian Voter Lists, Ancestry.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

We thank Katelin Parsons for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 8 October 2017

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