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Memorable Manitobans: Olafia Jonina Jonsson Melan (1887-1966)

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Olafia Jonina Jonsson Melan
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Born at Big Island, Manitoba on 6 March 1887, daughter of Icelandic immigrants Jon Jonsson and Sigridur Jonsdottir, she was a school teacher for 36 years, she taught at Haland School (1907-1909) and Whytewold Beach School (1946-1950), and served as the Principal of Gimli School (1915-1918, 1921-1925), Hnausa School (1941-1942, 1950-1954), Riverton School (1942-1943), Pierson School (1954-1955), Napinka School (1955-1958), and Brant School (1958-1961). In 1925, she married cleric Eyjolfur Melan (?-1960) and they subsequently had a son, Jonas Alywin Melan (1927-1969). In retirement, she moved to British Columbia where she died at Huntingdon on 4 February 1966.


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Unitarian minister dies at Argyle,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 November 1960, page 7.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

A History of Education in the Evergreen School Division by John C. Gottfried, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1965.

Wagons to Wings: History of Lundar and Districts, 1872-1980 compiled by Lundar and District Historical Society, 1980.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 March 2020

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