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Memorable Manitobans: Gustuf [Gustaf] Aron Quarnstrom (1875-1953)


Born at Jonkoping, Sweden in 1875, he immigrated to the United States in 1898 and graduated from a Chicago seminary in 1902. He went on to work as a missionary pastor (c1908-1908) at Malmo, Sweden before taking a posting at New Sweden, Alberta. He eventually arrived at Winnipeg where he was Pastor of the First Scandinavian Mission Church (c1924-1927). He was then promoted to the position of Superintendent (1927-1931) of the Scandinavian Mission Covenant of Canada, and also served as President (1936-1938) of the organization. He married and had four children: Roland Gustaf Quarnstrom, Reverend Leonard Quarnstrom, Ruth Quarnstrom (wife of Mr. Korup), and Harriett Quarnstrom (wife of Mr. Swanson). In Manitoba, he re-married Hannah Oteilla Berg (c1890-1947) at Minnedosa on 4 April 1923. They moved to Norquay, Saskatchewan in 1941, and in retirement, to Victoria, British Columbia in 1946. He died at Jonkoping, Sweden on 24 April 1953 and buried in an overseas cemetery.


Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Pastor takes new position,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 July 1927, page 11.

“Church notes [Rev. G. A. Quarnstrom],” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 May 1931, page 5.

[Photo caption, Rev. G. A. Quarnstrom], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 July 1937, page 16.

“Mrs. G. Quarnstrom dies on visit here,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 1947, page 17.

“Missionary conference - First Mission Covenant Church,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 March 1947, page 9.

Death notice [Hannah Otellia Quarnstrom], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 July 1947, page 19.

Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 April 1953, page 34.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 14 November 2016

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