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Memorable Manitobans: Oddur Olafson (1888-1972)

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Oddur Olafson
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Businessman, MLA (1937-1940).

Born at Riverton on 25 February 1888, son of Olafur Oddson, he was educated at the Riverton Public School and founded the Olafson Transportation Company at Winnipeg and later the Falcon Construction Company, Monarch Construction Company, and Lake Winnipeg Fur Farms.

In 1936, he was elected to the Legislature for the Rupertsland constituency, serving a single term, being defeated in the 1945 general election.

On 6 July 1916, he married schoolteacher Angelina “Lina” Bowman (1893-1984, daughter of Thomas Bowman of Gunton) and they had five children: Pauline Olafson (wife of ? McCabe), Carl Olafson, Leslie Olafson, Alda Olafson (wife of Arthur Wiggins), and Raymond Olafson. The family lived at 953 Dorchester Avenue, Winnipeg. He was a member of the Masons (Lisgar Lodge) and Shriners.

He died at Selkirk on 16 December 1972 and was buried in the Riverton Community Cemetery.

Sources:

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1938.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 December 1972, page 30.

Obituary [Lina Olafson], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 November 1984, page 58.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 January 2021

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