Number: Mss Sc 154 (A.96-43)
Title: Skapti Arason fonds.
Dates: [ca. 1900].
Extent: 0.01 m of textual records.
Biographical sketch: Skapti Arason, born in Iceland
in 1850, immigrated to Quebec in 1874 with 360 other Icelanders
on a ship operated by the Allen Ship Lines. He proceeded to Toronto
with the majority of the other Icelanders. In 1875, the Canadian
government sent Arason to scout out settlement prospects in the
new province of Manitoba. It is believed that Arason was one of
the first Icelanders to visit Manitoba. Upon arrival in Winnipeg,
Arason and three other Icelanders traveled up the Red River to the
western shore of Lake Winnipeg before choosing to begin a settlement
near present day Gimli. In 1881, due to repeated crop failure, Arason
left the settlement in the Interlake and resettled on a homestead
near what would become the town of Glenboro. Arason farmed in the
Glenboro area until his death in 1903.
Custodial history: The fonds was donated by Herman
Arason, Skapti Arason's grandson, in 1996.
Scope and content: The fonds consists of a copy
of a memoir by Skapti Arason, one of the first Icelandic settlers
in Manitoba. The seven-page memoir tells of Skapti's immigration
to Canada, his subsequent travels to Manitoba, the settling of the
Icelandic community on the western shore of Lake Winnipeg and the
founding of the town of Glenboro. The Icelandic Department of the
University of Manitoba has an Icelandic version of the same memoir.
It is not known who translated the memoir.
Source of supplied title: Title based on provenance
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this
Finding aid: An on-line finding aid for this fonds
is available at the link below:
MSS SC 154 (A.96-43).
We greatly acknowledge the financial support of the Manitoba Department
of Culture, Heritage and Tourism and the Heritage Grants Advisory
Council in the creation of this finding aid.