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Memorable Manitobans: John Herman Oddstad (1902-1983)


Born in the Rural Municipality of Argyle on 12 April 1902, son of Jorma Kristjansdottir, he attended the Manitoba Agricultural College (1925) and taught school in rural Manitoba, including at Swan Lake School (1928-1930). Moving to Winnipeg, he taught at Victoria-Albert School (1938-1942) and Principal Sparling School (1944-1947). He was later the Vice-Principal of Aberdeen School (1955-1956) and Principal of David Livingstone School (1958-1967). He retired in 1967. On 16 July 1931, he married Marjorie Sarah “Madge” Fallows (1908-1991). They had two daughters: Nina Oddstad and Marjorie Oddstad. He was a member of the First Federated Unitarian Church. He died at Winnipeg on 14 February 1983 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“M. A. C. summer school results are announced,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 August 1925, page 7.

“Overseas relief features annual church reports,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 February 1949, page 8.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 February 1983, page 64.

Obituary [Marjorie Sarah Oddstad], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 December 1991, page 17.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 August 2015

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