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Memorable Manitobans: John Villardson (1870-1929)

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John Villardson
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Grain merchant.

Born at Oslo, Norway on 23 April 1870, son of O. J. Villardson and Grethe Sunde, he was educated at the Oslo High School. He came to Winnipeg in 1909, from Minneapolis where he had resided since 1887, to work as Secretary of the Security Elevator Company. He served as Vice-Consul for Norway at Winnipeg from 1921 to 1926 and was recognized for the service with the Cross of the Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1927. He was a member of the Winnipeg Automobile Club, AF & AM (Assiniboine Lodge, 32nd degree), Kiwanis Club, and Shriners. He lived at 321 Cambridge Street. He died at his home, following a long illness, on 19 September 1929 and was buried in Minneapolis. He was survived by a widow and one son.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Honored by King of Norway,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 January 1927, page 3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 January 2019

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