|Photo courtesy of Almar Grímsson||Author: Almar Grímsson, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
On January 14, 1915, a daughter was born to Magnúsína Helga Jónsdóttir Borgfjord and her husband, Tómas T. Jónasson, at Engimýri, Icelandic River (now Riverton, Manitoba). The third child in a family of seven, this little girl was given the names Jónína Guðrún, and on January 14, 2015, she will celebrate her 100th birthday.
Jónína’s paternal grandparents (afi and amma) were Tómas Ágúst Jónasson and Guðrún Egedía Jóhannesdóttir, who had emigrated from Gloppa in Öxnadalur in Northern Iceland in 1876 and homesteaded at Engimýri on the Icelandic River in New Iceland after spending one winter on Mikley (Hecla Island). Tómas was the brother of Sigtryggur Jónasson, often referred to as the “Father of New Iceland.”