Memorable Manitobans: Jon Sigurdson (1870-1935)
Farmer, municipal official.
Born in Iceland on 4 September 1870, he came to Canada and, in 1905, he took up a farm at NW30-23-2E in the Rural Municipality of Bifrost that he named “Vidir.” He established the Vidir post office on his farm and donated land for the Vidir Cemetery and the Vidir Community Hall. The land was farmed by members of his family until 1941. He was married twice, first to Kristin Jonsdottir (1860-1909) and second to Sigrun Sigvaldadottir (1892-1977). Among his many children was Albert “Frank” Sigurdson. He was a councillor and Reeve for the municipality (1915-1919, 1921). He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 17 May 1935 and was buried in the Vidir Cemetery.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 18 May 1935, page 4.
Obituary [Sam Sigurdson], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 September 2012.
We thank Norman Sigurdson for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 January 2016
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