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Þorgerður 'Gerga' Christopherson

Thorgerdur 'Gerga' Christopherson, born April 22, 1882,in Iceland. Died Nov. 6, 1955. Þorgerður is the Icelandic spelling of Thorgerdur

Residence: 1901 - Argyle, Lisgar, Manitoba, Canada

"Thorgerdur 'Gerga' Christopherson was born in Iceland on April 22, 1882. She moved to Canada with her parents, Sigurjon and Helga in the year 1893 and settled in Argyle Municipality where they resided until the death of Gerda's father.

Gerda had one brother, Sigurdur...

In 1940 Gerda and Luther moved to Vancouver, B.C. where he hoped to find greater opportunities for employment and the start of a career. Here she made a home for him until her death on November 6, 1955. Gerda soon became deeply involved in Church work and various social and charitable organizations. But her heart's desire was to establish an Old Folks Home in Vancouver, and was chief instigator and driving force behind the eventual fulfillment of this long cherished dream. She hosted countless committee meetings, and travelled [sic] about extensively-even as far as Campbell river, on Vancouver Island, where there was a small nucleus of Icelanders living. Here she canvassed and created a feeling of enthusiasm and interest in this project. Shortly after her tragically suffered a severe stroke which kept her bed-ridden until her death-but not before she experienced the joy and satisfaction of seeing her dream come true with the opening of the first old folks home "Höfn" on Osler street in Vancouver.Many loving hands combined to bring her by ambulance and wheel chair to be in attendance and to partake of this joyous occasion.

In 1950 Luther married a girl from England, Marjorie Clayton, and there--after she cared for Luther's aunt with as much love and devotion as any daughter could. Marjorie succomed [sic] to a heart attack very suddenly in September, 1979 while she and her husband were vacationing in California.

Luther continues to reside in Vancouver [note date of passing__] where he has been employed by a large industrial firm for the past thirty-five years.

Come Into Our Heritage
"In 1918, they moved to Winnipeg, where Sigurjon worked in the post office and they also kept a boarding house. Here Sigurjon passed away on Oct. 19, 1920. Helga made her home with Gerda and later Sigurdur, passing away on Oct. 19, 1934. Sigurjon and Helga are both buried in the Grund Cemetery. Sigurdur, their son, was born in Iceland on April 21, 1876. He came to Canada with his parents. He attended Hecla School and then Wesley College in Winnipeg. ln 1905-1906, he attended the Theological Seminary at Chicago, Ill. Upon his graduation in 1909, he became a field missionary on behalf of the Icelandic Lutheran Church, serving primarily districts in northern Manitoba. About this time, he met Thorbjorg Jonsson, daughter of pioneer homesteaders Methusalem and Asa Jonsson, who were in fact the first Icelanders to settle in that area, and named their new home ‘Ar-Bakki’, later to become Arborg. Sigurdur and Thorbjorg were married at Arborg in 1916, and took up residence at Langruth, Man. They had one son, Luther, who was born on Jan. 30, 1920. Thorbjorg died two weeks later on Feb·. 10. Around 1928, Sigurdur received a call to Churchbridge, Sask. to serve congregations at Concordia, Thingvalla and Logberg. Sera (Rev.) Sigurdur retired from the ministry about 1941.


 
Þorgerður 'Gerga' Christopherson
Daughter of Sigurjón Christopherson and Helga Jónsdóttir

SIBLINGS:
1. Rev. Sigurður S. Christopherson
2. Þorgerður 'Gerga' Christopherson, 1882

CHILDREN:
None

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Thorgerdur 'Gerga' Christopherson

ALSO SEE
Read about Sigurdur's Siblings
"Come into our Heritage" book excerpt
Photos included

Christopherson Clan Page

He moved to Winnipeg, where he passed away in January, 1955. Thorgerdur (Gerda) was born in Iceland on April 22, 1882. She attended school at Hecla, and then took a dressmaker’s course in Winnipeg. She set up a shop above Ro1lin’s store in Baldur. Gerda accompanied her parents to Winnipeg in 1918, and helped with their boarding house and did dressmaking as well. When Luther’s mother died in 1920, Gerda more or less ‘adopted’ the child. About 1921 or 1922, Gerda, along with her mother Helga and Luther, took up residence in Glenboro, Man., where she became seamstress and dressmaker. Here they resided until 1926, at which time they moved back to Arborg, where Sigurdur had built a new home for them all. In 1940, Gerda and Luther

moved to Vancouver, B.C. Gerda soon became deeply involved in church work and various social and charitable organizations. Her heart’s desire was to establish an Old Folk’s Home in Vancouver, and she was the chief in- stigator and driving force behind the eventful fulfilment of this long cherished dream. She hosted countless committee meetings, and travelled about extensively, even as far as Campbell River, on Vancouver Island, where there was a small nucleus of Icelanders living. Here she canvassed and created a feeling of enthusiasm and interest in this project. Shortly after, she tragically suffered a severe stroke which kept her bed-ridden until her death, but not before she experienced the joy and satisfaction of seeing her dream come true, with the opening of the first old folks home ‘Hofn’ on Osler Street in Vancouver. Many loving hands combined to bring her by ambulance and wheelchair to be in attendance and to partake of this joyous occasion. Gerda passed away on Nov. 6, 1955. In 1950, Luther married a girl from England, Marjorie Clayton, and thereafter she cared for Luther’s aunt with as much love and devotion as any daughter could. Marjorie succumbed to a heart attack very suddenly in September, 1979 while she and her husband were vacationing in California. Luther continues to reside in Vancouver, where he has been employed by a large in-dustrial firm for the past 35 years."
Page 341 Source: 'Come Into Our Heritage' book available at the R. M. of Argyle


"LÖGBERG CENTENNIAL YEAR, FÓSTUDAGUR 22 . APRIL 1988-7
Events during 1909
On June 27th, 1909 during the church convention the following theology candidates were ordained: Guttormur Guttormsson (previously mentioned in this Almanak), and Sigurður S. Christopherson. His parents are Sigurjón Kristófersson and Helga Jórunn Jónsdóttir from Ytri - Neslöndum at Mývatn, now living at Baldur in Manitoba . Both have graduated from the Lutheran theological college in Chicago during the same year." Source

Gerda is mentioned here.

According to cousin Miriam, Luthers middle name is Augustine.

Regarding image 3434 (bottom right),
There is an article about Kandahar 'The Rise and Fall of the Village of Kandahar'. I believe she is mentioned under "One of the earliest organizations was the Icelandic Ladies".
Caption for the photo includes Gunna Gudnason, Mrs. John Gudnason of Kandahar, Sask., Canada.
There is a photo of Siggi Gudnason farming with John Christopherson, and our cousins in Winnipeg said a Siggi Gudnason left for this area. His portrait is posted somewhere.
Gudnason's are listed as buried here. Perhaps this is her grave, although it says Gudrun.
A John Gudnason grave there.

I believe this is John. Ironically saw Lauren's picture of John on Google and now realize the connection.
He is Sigurdur Christopherson's nephew by way of Sigridur.

Possibly Gerda
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Courtesy of 'Come into Our Heritage'
and The Hank ChristophersonCollection


 
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Gerda as young girl

Sigurjon Family
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Sera Sigurður S. Christopherson,
Thorgerdur 'Gerda' Christopherson,
Sigurjón Christopherson and Helga Jónsdóttir

Courtesy of The Pat Deasley Collection


Gerda
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Thorgerdur 'Gerda' Christopherson
Courtesy of 'Come into Our Heritage'
and The Pat Deasley Collection



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Gunna-Mrs. John Gudnason|
(Kandahar, Sask.)
and Thorgerdur ‘Gerda Christopherson’, Daughter of Sigurjón Christopherson (Sigurdur's brother) and Helga Jónsdóttir. Born April 22, 1882
Courtesy of 'Come The Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection
 

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