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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Neilson (1908-1975)


Born at Clanwilliam on 28 March 1908, son of Daniel and Bodil Neilson, he attended Grey School and the Dauphin Normal School, receiving from the latter a teacher’s certificate in 1928. In later years he attended the University of Manitoba (First Class Principal’s Certificate), Winnipeg School of Fine Arts, and Wesley College (BA 1936). He taught at schools in Manitoba and Alberta, including service as Principal of Manson School (1937-1939), Hartney School (1941-1943), and Snowflake School (1963-1964). At the time of his retirement in 1973, he was the Principal at the Riverside Hutterite Colony at Gladstone. His artistic interests included photography, ceramics, writing, poetry, music, cartooning, and drama. For some years he was in business at Erickson. On 17 July 1940, he married Martha Elizabeth Gusdal and they subsequently had four children. He died at Winnipeg on 4 June 1975 and was buried in the Bethel Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Engagements,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 July 1940, page 10.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 1975, page 38.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 June 1975, page 56.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 January 2016

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