|Photo courtesy of Dr. Allan M. Johnson||Author: Dr. Allan M. Johnson, Gatineau, QC|
I grew up on a farm in the Icelandic settlement of Big Point on the west shore of Lake Manitoba. One August day, my dad’s cousin and Brandon College professor, Bjarni Thordarson, brought a load of grain into the elevator where I was working for the summer. He asked me what I would be doing after high school and I told him I planned to go to United College in Winnipeg. At that time, I did not know that Brandon College existed. That twenty-minute conversation changed the course of my life. Bjarni arranged for me to attend Brandon College and to live in the men’s residence. . . .
|Photo courtesy of Jim Anderson||Author: Jim Anderson, Winnipeg, MB
I was fresh from a weekend complete with two reunions of cousins last year – first a visit to a family of first cousins on the maternal (Guttormson) side in Niverville, then to Selkirk for an annual reunion of first cousins on my Anderson side. Not to mention a reunion of Guttormson cousins, aunts, uncles, etc., assembling that evening at a restaurant in Winnipeg. Thus, in two days, gatherings involving some 30 to 40 in my extended family. Hugs all around, as you can imagine. . . .
|Author: Jóel Friðfinnsson, Geysir, MB|
In the days leading up to Remembrance Day this year, Jóel Friðfinnsson profiled ten veterans of the First World War who came from New Iceland. In doing so, Jóel wrote, “I pay tribute to not only the ten men and women I've featured, but the millions who selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom. Lest we forget.”
... Gísli Ásmundsson was born on the farm Fagrahlíð in the Geysir district on June 17, 1894. At one year of age, Gísli moved from Geysir to Selkirk, Manitoba, with his parents, Guðmundur Ásmundsson and Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir. After the death of his father in 1908, Gísli lived with his mother in Selkirk until his enlistment in the Canadian Army on November 15, 1915. . . .