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Grund Barn & Horses
Argyle District, Manitoba

Grund became Sigurdur and Caroline TAYLOR Christopherson's third homestead, after Husavik (New Iceland), and before at at his place of birth; Ytri-Neslond, Neslondum, Lake Mývatn, Iceland . Sigurdur had emigrated with some of his siblings and neighbors from Iceland. The Pioneers are mentioned in many books. Later Sigurdur would bring his mother and brothers. His sister Susie Breim remained in Iceland.

Ed Fader Collection Grund Homestead
Grund circa 1912

Courtesy of Ed Fader and Ocean Park Collection
Calendar Text and Photo Courtesy of Ed Fader
Back Cover: 'Grund' – the Kristófersson family estate near Baldur, Manitoba – circa 1912.

"– Built in 1896, five miles north and one and one half miles west of Baldur, ‘Grund’ was the home of Sigurdur and Carrie (Taylor) Kristófersson (Christopherson), who were the first Icelandic settlers in ‘Argylebyggd’ (Argyle Municipality) in Southwestern Manitoba. ‘Grund’, erected by carpenter Bæring Hallgrímson, served as the area post office (see sign on photo) until 1932, and the district became known as Grund, as did the nearby church, which is now an historic building. For many years, ‘Grund’ was a focal point for social events, and the ‘Skjaldbreid Hall’ was built nearby

As of August 2013, all of the buildings below are gone except for the farm house. .

Do not get Argyle District, Manitoba, confused with Argyle, Manitoba (official Website, Wiki). More on Sigurdur's Argyle District

Grund 2380

Notice the stone foundation and angled window

Roy believes the building in the forground, Building A, was moved from next to Grund Homestead (back) down to this position.
This photo was taken from the Christopherson Barn (see image 3819) and possible the stone foundation being built
on the far side of this smaller barn might have been the Hall?
Courtesy of The Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection
grund Rooftop
Grund Homestead
This was the tip-off, that special roof

Courtesy of The Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection

web image 0034
Did you know about the Red River Colony?

The colony along the Red River of the North was never very successful. Changes during the development of Canada in the 19th century led to the colony's forming the basis of what is today Manitoba, although much of its original territory is now part of the United States.

Today it encompasses parts of southern Manitoba, northern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota, along with bits of northeastern South Dakota, eastern Saskatchewan, northwestern Ontario. (Read more at Wiki)

The Christopherson Barn as shown in many other photos on this page.
Possible that photo 2880 (above) was taken from one of the two openings at the top.
When looking at current SAT photos of Grund, you will see one new cilo where the Barn used to be.
A few were added many years ago across the entrance road east.
Courtesy of The Hank Christopherson Collection
This is either the inside of the Christopherson Barn or Kjartan's stable
Roy's bet is on the smaller one in the left photo

Courtesy of The Hank Christopherson Collection
Christopherson Barn(s)
End View

Courtesy of The Hank Christopherson Collection

Christopherson Barn

Courtesy of The Hank Christopherson Collection

Christopherson Barn Close-Up

Courtesy of The Hank Christopherson Collection

Courtesy of The Hank Christopherson Collection


Courtesy of The Hank Christopherson Collection

Grund barns at Christopherson Homestead
Comparing to image 2280 above, notice the odd angle on the far building in a diamond shape.
The proof is in the small building center. It has 3 sets of slats, now designated Building A. Possible this buildingwas moved. Below you see it I believe to the right of Grund
In AUG 2013 received photo showing Grund Barn was EST 1904.
Left is a barn with a horse, center is a rooster or chicken. In the distance might be Grund, although the hill is not very high.
Could this be Skjalbreid (Broad Shield) Hall? referenced in C.I.O.H. book on page 226?
The Hall should have been further away by itself. Above, the barn was probably under construction.
Here is a fine example of probably one of the horses at grund. Perhaps William Christophersons if this was abt. 1914?
Courtesy of The Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection
Identified by Roy, this team of horses was a curiosity to his cousins in B.C.. Now Roy spots the Corbells used at Grund, the Christopherson Homestead. There are four circles, as seen above left. Also chicken wire surrounding it in the early days. Building A on the right always seemed
sitting with no foundation. Now look at image 2317 above...same building moved from the bluff closer to the road and Barn(s).

Examining 3332 above, Roy believes this corner of the porch, the 4 women are standing at is the same, either the front left of the back right of the house at Grund.
3893 does NOT have this building as a match.

Courtesy of The Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection

Same photo as above at Grund, with Building A right, but missing the boy and taken further left.
The boy does NOT seem to match Will's son John.

Courtesy of The Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection

Possibly a different farm. Man and young man unknown
Courtesy of The Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection

A beautiful scan courtesy of cousin Carol. Fleeow left and who Roy belives to be young Halldor is seen driving another time below.
Dog right might be in the infamous photo of Grund (Calendar), right fellow unknown. Appears they are hitched to two wagons in 4 hitch team.
Courtesy of The Carol Jarvie Collection

Image 3429 Barn
Possibly the Christopherson Barn

Courtesy of The Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection


Possibly the Christopherson Barn

Courtesy of The Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection

According to post card from the CBM Collection; IMG_4960_PHOTO_Grund_RankaToVeiga_1919,
The barn was built "1904"


Unknown, and possibly Haldor C. who died young

Courtesy of The Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection
2333 closeup
two teams of Horses
Grund Homestead

Horse outfits on the farm at Grund, Manitoba, Canada 1905
Siggi Gudnason and John Chr. (Christopherson?)
Courtesy of The Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection
Siggi Gudnasson

Possibly the same Siggi as in Image 2223?
Roy now believes this is John's cousin under Sigridur's family.
From Dorothy Tytgat: Siggi Gudnason later moved to Saskatchewan. My dad used to go there to help with harvest. A few years ago I was driving with friends through that area and saw a sign "Gudnason Road!"
Courtesy of The Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection
First Icelandic Ponies


Unknown Horseman
Roy verified this person is in image 3223, 2nd to last person on the right.
Much was mulled over regarding the horse which is in past emails.
Notice the stone wall of the barn and window, rider has a broken top button
and bags under his eyes. A bit of dirt on his right shoulder,
and some finger protector on his left index finger.

Courtesy of The Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection
Proof that this IS the Grund Barn (see image 3341 left)
The rider remains unknown. He is not in the Come Into Our Heritage book - Families. Roy is still seeking who he is. And an 1895 photo of Sigurdur's Icelandic Pony.

Looking at all the photos of the barn above, the left photo just appears to be some stone building.
Ah, but you would be mistaken. Eagle-Eye Roy spotted a postcard where the window matches.

IMG_4960_PHOTO - Cropped
Cropped photo from below to show the window detail and stone
Grund Barn. Postcard from RankaToVeiga, 1919
A total guess at identities might be L-R
William, Thori Goodman, and John Christopherson
Courtesy of the C.B.M. Collection
Our Own Family horse expert gave some insight into Image 3341
"I don't know if the horse is an Icelandic. Here's a web site with some good photos of Icelandics:
You can see how they differ from the fellow shown in the photo. The registered Icelandics are compact and have arched necks. Of course, the horses shown have been carefully raised, fed, and groomed. If our boy had that treatment, he might look more to type.

He does appear to be about the size of a modern Icelandic. What I see in the horse whose picture you sent is a nice boy. Several things suggest he might gait (tolt): The conformation of his hindquarters, from the rump all the way through the stifle joint and hock to his hooves. His hind legs are under him a bit, something a gaited horse needs. He's also got a pretty good shoulder angle––the shoulder blade doesn't go straight down but rather sits at an angle. If his front legs were stacked up straight, that might show more. (Look at the photos of the Icelandics standing and moving––they show extreme shoulder angle, needed for the tolt. Our boy is slightly ewe-necked (like a sheep), which means that his neck is "backwards"", instead of arching up beautifully, it sort of sags where it hits his body. But his neck isn't too bad. He's also got a Roman nose and a rather big head. (Modern Icelandics are bred for pretty little heads.)

I'd say he could be an Icelandic, perhaps a part-blood. The early Peruvian horses had huge, ugly heads and ewe necks and gaited like crazy. So this could be an Icelandic bred and used for work, not show. I'd like to see him with 50 to 75 pounds on him, but my vet would probably like him the way he is. I don't know where the photo was taken. If in Iceland, he's certainly Icelandic. If in the US or Canada, another possibility is that he's a mustang.

The mustangs are descendants of escaped or stolen Spanish horses. This horse looks like he could have some Spanish jennet in him, the now extinct root of the Spanish gaited horses. (They had his type of conformation.) They also tended to be small. Some of the mustangs look like Andalusians and blood type as Andalusians. So, all one can do is guess about this horse. I like him. This is the kind of horse that built our civilization, not Trigger or Black Beauty. I like a plain, good boy like the photo who's happy ad his work."
UPDATE: This is the Foundation at the Barn at the Christopherson Farmstead!

Christopherson Barn
Entire Barn at Grund
Notice the stone wall above and left. The same stonework made up the
Helgason farm house, except windows are different

In the CIOH book it metions the stone mason who built the
Helgason stone house
Courtesy of the Pat Dearsley Collection

Bjorn Johnson
Middle from CIOH book
Right is The Unknown Horseman
Now it strikes me that this might be Bjorn Johnson. Except for the nose, he is a dead ringer and lived less than a mile away from where I believe the photo above was taken at the Christopherson Barn as proven above.
If it was the Sveinsson Barn, the photo would probably be with them.
Bjorn Johnson
Would need a better photo. Right's check is more pronounced.
Middle is from the Grund Homstead Porch photo
Thori Goodman
The other dead ringer is Thori Goodman. Would need a better photo.

Large hog in front of the Grund farmstead. Note the Post Office sign
Courtesy of The Miriam Westereng Collection

Click to enlarge
Circa 1934-35, Possibly in Argyle District or Belmont
Courtesy of The Carol Gillman Collection
Courtesy of The Carol Gillman Collection
More horse photos and about Ted on his page.

[1] Come into Our Heritage. R.M. Of Argyle 1882-1982. Centennial History of the Argyle [Hardcover]

See Main Photo Page of the Loose Vintage photos Volumes 1-5 for Slideshows

Also see Who Brought the First Icelandic Horse to Canada

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