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Memorable Manitobans: Andrew Sandstrom (1873-1976)

Construction foreman, farmer.

Born at Stromsund, Sweden on 16 December 1873, son of Louis Sandstrom and Grinilla Wall, the family emigrated to Canada and settled on a farm near Minnedosa. In 1888 he began working for the Canadian Pacific Railway, rising to become a foreman of section and construction gangs. He worked in this capacity for four years then became a construction foreman with the Great Northern Railway and the Northern Pacific Railway. In 1900 he quit the railway and took up farming. On 15 June 1897, he married Jennie Augusta Johnson (1875-?) at Minnedosa. They had six children: Salma Gunila Sandstrom (b 1901), Andrew Harold Sandstrom (b 1905), Jennie Louisa Sandstrom (b 1907), Adrian Milton Sandstrom (b 1910), Carl Oscar Wilfred Sandstrom (b 1912), and Lila Sandstrom. He died in April 1976 and was buried in the Minnedosa Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

We thank Mark Turner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 December 2015

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