Guttormsson/Guttormson, Johannesson, Anderson, Watt, Koshyk, Russell families:

An Inventory of Guttormsson/Guttormson, Johannesson, Anderson, Watt, Koshyk, Russell Family Records at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Chantel Banman
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba
(August 2014)

Finding aid encoded by Chantel Banman (August 2014)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba

Creator:
Guttormsson/Guttormson, Johannesson, Anderson, Watt, Koshyk, Russell families

Title:
Guttormsson/Guttormson, Johannesson, Anderson, Watt, Koshyk, Russell Family fonds

Dates:
1889-1980

Quantity:
A14-70 contains 0.48 m

A14-74 contains 0.06 m

Identification:
MSS 427 (A14-70, A14-74)

English, Icelandic

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Biographical sketch of Guttormsson/Guttormson, Johannesson, Anderson, Watt, Koshyk, Russell Family

Guttormur Thorsteinsson (1838-1919), son of Thorstein Gudmunson and Gudriger Sigurdardottir, and Birgitta Maria Josefsdottir (1849-1904), daughter of Josef Einarsson and Solveig Stefansdotir, were married in Vopnafjordur, Iceland in 1869. In 1893 the couple, along with nine of their ten children—Thorstein Josef, Bjorg, Stephan, Oddur, Guttormur, Bjorn, Gudridur Solveig, Gudlaug and Einar—left Krossawik farm in Vopnafjordur for Canada, and settled in Husavik, Manitoba. The Thorsteinsson’s second son, Thorstein, stayed in Iceland only to follow the family to Canada in 1903. After a difficult start in their new home, the family became a part of the Icelandic community in Manitoba. The children grew up to establish farms, marry and begin their own families, and establish their own homes in Manitoba or other communities in North America.

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Stephan Guttormsson (1877-1959), the fourth son of Guttormur and Birgitta Maria Thorsteinsson, married Ragnhildur Gisladottir (1886-1986), daughter of Gisli Jonsson and Solrun Arnadottir, also from Iceland. The couple did not have any children of their own, but adopted the care of the daughters of Ragnhildur’s brother Gisli Jonsson and his wife Ragnheidur Gudmundsdottir: Solrun R. Johnson, Aurora Siguridur Johnson and Ragnheidur (Heather) Johnson. Stephan studied at the Central Collegiate in Winnipeg, Wesley College, and the University of Manitoba and later became a civil engineer and a surveyor in Winnipeg.

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Guttormur Guttormsson, sixth son of Guttormur and Birgitta became a Lutheran minister as well as author of the book “My Parents.” He resided in Mineota, Minnesota.

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Einar (1889-?), the youngest of the Guttormsson children married Freda (Holmfridur) Johannesson. Freda was the daughter of Jonas Johannesson and Asdis Palina Saemundsdottir. Together Einar and Freda had 8 children: Birgitta Gudlaug, Asdis Sigrun, Helga Bergljot, Einar Fredrik, Donald Saemunder, Hinrik, Roberta, Jonas Johannesson, Florence Eileen and Clifford Edwin.

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Hinrik Guttormson (1925-1945), son of Einar and Freda Guttormsson, was a Sergeant in World War Two and served as a Pilot Officer in Squadron 431. Hinrik was reported missing in action when his plane went down over Chemnitz, Germany on March 5, 1945. His death was later verified. A war memorial was erected in Hinrik's memory in the Hanover War Cemetery, Germany, and Guttormson Lake, East of Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, was named after him in 1973.

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Asdis Sigrun Anderson, daughter of Einar and Freda Guttormsson and sister of Hinrik, married Stoney Anderson and bore the children Bryce Norton, Gary Thorstein Andres, Norma Louise, Sylvia, James Duncan, Charles Dennis, Marjorie May and Frederick Dean.

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Frederikka (Rikka) Elizabeth Johannesson (1898-1992), daughter of Jonas Johannesson and Asdis Palina Saemundsdottir, and sister of Freda Johannesson, lived in Husavik until her family moved to Winnipeg in 1916. In 1920 Rikka enrolled in the Registered Nurses Diploma Program at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, and graduated in 1923 to begin her nursing career. Frederikka married Harry Atkinson, and, after his death, married Herbert L. Moyer (?-1973). Frederikka was an enthusiastic Jehovah’s Witness.

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Johanna Johannesson, also a sister of Freda and Frederikka Johannesson, was the mother of James T. Watt, future author of the book “Lost in War,” inspired by the life of his cousin Hinrik Guttormson.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The fonds consists of two accessions, both containing various records specific to particular members of the Guttormsson/Guttormson, Johannesson, Anderson, and Russell families. Particularly dominant in the family records found in the first accession (A14-70) are Einar Guttormsson, Stephan Guttormsson, Frederikka Elizabeth Johannesson, Asdis Sigrun Anderson, Hinrik Guttormson, and James Watt. Thus, the accession has been organized into series or subject files featuring each of these family members. The first series contains the records of Einar Guttormsson. The second series is made up of the records of Stephan Guttormsson. The third series comprises the effects of Frederikka Elizabeth Johannesson. The fourth series features Asdis Sigrun (Guttormsson) Anderson's personal effects. The fifth series contains the records of Hinrik Guttormson. The seventh series consists of the work of James Watt. The eighth series contains general family history and familial records. The ninth series contains Oversize Materials.

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Accession A14-74 contains original correspondence from young soldiers Private Fredrik and Sergeant Hinrik Guttormson as they served in World War Two.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection of two accessions is arranged into nine series: Einar Guttormsson, Stephan Guttormsson, Frederikka Elizabeth Johannesson, Asdis Sigrun Anderson, Hinrik Guttormson, James Watt, family history, oversize materials, and original letters.

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Restrictions on Access

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Restrictions on Use

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Related Materials

Previously donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Katrina Anderson, daughter of Sylvia Anderson Koshyk, are the Katrina Anderson fonds, made up of her recordings of her grandmother Asdis Sigrun Anderson's life memories.

Other donations of Anderson and Guttormsson/Guttormson family history and related materials have been made to the University of Manitoba Icelandic Collection.

Stephan Guttormsson's thesis is available in the University of Manitoba Library.

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Custodial History

The records comprising accession A14-70 were handed down through generations of the Guttormsson/Guttormson, Johannesson, Anderson and Russell families. Upon Sylvia A. Koshyk's attempt to compile the family's history, many materials were donated to her by the family of Einar and Freda (Johannesson) Guttormson, including the effects of Stephan Guttormsson from his foster daughter, Ragnheidur (Heather) McNamee (nee Johnson). The materials collected by Sylvia Koshyk were donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 2014.

The letters comprising accession A14-74 were kept by Sergeant Hinrik Guttormson's sister, Birgitta Russell, and then passed down to her children. These letters were then passed on to their cousin, James T. Watt, for the purpose of writing his book "Lost in War." Watt later donated the letters to the University of Manitoba Icelandic Library, which were then donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 2014.

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Other Finding Aids

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Einar Guttormsson (A14-70)
BoxFolder
11 Birth Certificate 1889
2 Personal Diary 1945-1948
3 Einar Guttormsson Scrapbook 1950-?
4 Letters to Einar from Stephan 1957-1958

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Stephan Guttormsson (A14-70)
BoxFolder
15 Original Icelandic Writing
6 Patent 1993-1994 ; 2008
7 Laboratory Report Book
8 Letters to Stephan 1902 ; 1931
9 Stephan Guttormson Journal 1910-1932
10 Stephan Guttormsson Notebook [1934-1935]
11 Articles about Stephan 1960

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Frederikka Johannesson (A14-70)
BoxFolder
21 Frederikka Johannesson Scrapbook [192-?-195-?]; predominant 1934-1941
2 Frederikka Johnannesson Photo Album (1) 1920-1923
3 Frederikka Johannesson Photo Album (2) [192-?]-1938
4 Family Members' memories + Frederikka Johannesson's Obituary 2013
5 Photos of Frederikkka and Family

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Asdis Sigrun (Guttormsson) Anderson (A14-70)
BoxFolder
26 Asdis Anderson Personal notebooks 1976-1980
7 Birthday Book
8 Letters to Asdis from her Aunts 1964-1977
9 Discs containing Photos, a Personal Notebook, + an Icelandic Translation of the text 'Blessed Portrait of Asdis Sigrun Anderson' 2005

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Fredrik Guttormson (A14-70)
BoxFolder
31 War Story

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Hinrik Guttormson (A14-70)
BoxFolder
32 Materials relating to Hinrik Guttormson 1941-1943 ; 2012
3 Hinrik Guttormson Letters to Guttormsson/Guttormson Family members 1943-1945
4 Contents of Photo Album 1943-1953
5 Flying Log Book -Squadron 431 1944-1945
6 Correspondence concerning Military Files 1992-1994
6 Military Files - Before Death 1943-1945
7 Military Files - After Death 1945-1992
BoxFolder
4 (Oversize) Medals awarded to Hinrick for Service

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James Watt
BoxFolder
38 'Forever and Ever' draft of the story of RCAF pilot officer Hinrik Guttormson 2003

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Family History
BoxFolder
39 Family history - compiled by Sylvia Anderson Koshyk
10 Family Birthday Book

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Oversize Materials
BoxFolder
5 Hinrik Guttormson - Medals
Frederikka Johannesson Scrapbook
Hinrik Guttormson - Squadron Photograph 1943

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Original Letters (A14-74)
BoxFolder
61 Letters written by Hinrik to sister Birgitta 1938-1944
2 Letters written by Fred to Guttormsson/Guttormson family 1943-1945
3 Miscellaneous Letters 1944-1945

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