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Memorable Manitobans: Stefan Sigurdsson (1864-1917)

Ship captain, municipal official.

Born in Iceland on 28 May 1864, he came to Canada in 1876 with his parents, Sigurdur Erlendsson and Gudrun Eiriksdottir, and grew up at Skogar on Big Island (Hecla). He married Valgerdur Jonsdottir in 1887 and had seven children, three of whom lived to adulthood. He engaged in fish packing and shipping on Lake Winnipeg, and in 1890 he and his brother, Johannes, established the firm of Sigurdsson Bros. at Hnausa. In 1896 they built the steamer Lady of the Lake. He served as Reeve of Gimli Municipality in 1893 and 1894, and of the Rural Municipality of Bifrost in 1909. He died on 16 May 1917.

Sources:

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

We thank Nelson Gerrard for providing additional information used in this profile.

Page revised: 19 February 2010

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