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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Bjornsson Skaptason (1873-1950)

Civil servant, veteran.

Born in Iceland in November 1873, he came to Winnipeg in January 1901 and began working as chief clerk and accountant in the provincial civil service. In April 1921, he became chief fishery officer with the federal government working out of Selkirk. When the province took control over natural resources in 1930, he started working for the province in the Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Branch. He retired as chief inspector of the department.

His 39-year career as a civil servant was interrupted in October 1915 when he enlisted in the First World War becoming paymaster of the 108th Battalion. Given the rank of captain, he served with the 78th Battalion in France returning to Canada in January 1919.

He and his wife Johanna Gudrun Simonson, whom he married on 1 May 1901 at Argyle, shared three children: Mrs. N. K. Stevens, Mrs. H. C. Dalman, Mrs. A. F. Wilson. He died at his Winnipeg home, 378 Maryland Street, on 27 April 1949. He was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Soldiers of the First World War – CEF records, Library and Archives Canada.

“J. B. Skaptason, veteran, fishery inspector, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 April 1950. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 140]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 21 August 2010

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