Born in Sweden on 16 November 1859, he was educated there and worked as a stonemason. In 1888, he married Emma Caroline Larson (1859-1927) and the first of their children were born: John E. Zetterlund (1889-1918) and Myrtle Caroline Zetterlund (1891-1954, wife of Thomas Morton Alexander) were born there. In 1892, the family immigrated to Canada and settled at Minnedosa where four more children were born: Odle L. Zetterlund (1895-1954), Walter Albert Zetterlund (1897-1926), Annie Louise Zetterlund (1899-?, wife of Alexander R. Dingwall), and Clara Marie Zetterlund (1901-1913). He was a member of the Methodist Church and Orange Order.
He worked as a stonemason and building contractor and was responsible for erection of many of the town's largest buildings. Between 1917 and 1918, he won contracts to build several concrete bridges along the developing Trans-Canada Highway in the Rural Municipality of St. Francois Xavier.
He died at Minnedosa on 23 November 1933 and was buried in the Minnedosa Cemetery.
Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:
108 Second Avenue SW, Minnedosa
RM of St. Francois Xavier
RM of St. Francois Xavier
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth registration [Clara Marie Zetterland], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Myrtle Caroline Setterland, Thomas Morton Alexander], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registration [Emma Caroline Zetterlund, John Zetterlund], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Annie Louise Zetterlund, Alexander Dingwall], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“John Zetterlund, early resident Minnedosa, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 1933, page 3.
John Zetterlund, FindAGrave.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Ed Krahn for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 August 2023
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