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Memorable Manitobans: Johannes “Joseph” Sparman (1893-1977)

Businessman, municipal official.

Born at Fugelsta-Mariehy, Jamatland, Sweden on 9 September 1893, he immigrated to Canada in 1911 and worked for a year on a farm at Reston. He then worked on construction of grain elevators and was a pump man for the Greater Winnipeg Water District. In 1919, he went to work at Great Falls as a mechanic during construction of a hydroelectric power dam there. He moved to Lac du Bonnet in 1921 and opened a garage and service station, also operating a Ford automobile dealership and Imperial Oil bulk sales depot.

In 1921, he married Gunhild Regina Danielson (?-1980) of Pellatt, Ontario. They had three daughters: Elsie Bernice Sparman Chapman (1923-2013), Joyce Gladys Sparman Matthews (1925-2009), and Emily Sparman Bowyer. He helped to organize the town’s first curling club, in 1933, and remained an active member until 1975. He was the first Mayor of Lac du Bonnet (1948-1951) and also served on the Lac du Bonnet School Board. In recognition of his community service, he received the Order of the Crocus (1967) and a Certificate of Merit (1970).

He died at Lac du Bonnet on 5 April 1977.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1977, page 47.

Obituary [Gunhild Regina Sparman], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 July 1980, page 34.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 January 2014

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