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Memorable Manitobans: Metusalem Jonsson “Salli” Thorarinson (1888-1946)

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Metusalem Jonsson Thorarinson
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Building contractor.

Born in Iceland on 27 August 1888, he came to Winnipeg in 1905 and worked as a building contractor for over 30 years. In partnership with his brother-in-law Viglundur Andrjesson Davidson, he built some 200 residences around the city before switching to apartment blocks in the 1920s. Later, he was President of the Thor Gold Mines Company and Pioneer Chrome syndicate. He and wife Sigridur Katrin Sigurros Davidson (1890-1954) had two sons: Metusalem Willmundur Ernest Thorarinson (1914-1929) and Sigurstein Aleck Thorarinson. He died on holiday at Vancouver, British Columbia on 3 March 1946 and was buried in the Glen Eden Memorial Gardens.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Mount Royal Apartments

36 Navy Way, Winnipeg

1926

 

Astoria Apartments

445 Kennedy Street, Winnipeg

1927

 

Palliser Apartments

370 Stradbrook Avenue, Winnipeg

1929

 

Royal Crest Apartments

273 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg

1930

 

Sources:

Birth registrations [Metusalem Willmundur Ernest Thorarinson, Sigursteinn Alex Thorarinson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registration [Metusalem Willmundur Ernest Thorarinson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Three persons lose lives in gun accidents,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 October 1929, page 2.

“Auto kills Winnipegger in Vancouver,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 March 1946, page 1.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 9 March 1946, page 17.

Obituary [Sigridur Katrin Sigurros Thorarinson], Winnipeg Tribune, 14 January 1954, page 32.

“Early Icelandic builders in Winnipeg” by S. Aleck Thorarinson, Logberg Heimskringla, 30 March 1967, page 7.

Obituary [Sigurstein Aleck Thorarinson], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 September 1998, page 38.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2022

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