New Iceland Smallpox Epidemic - Gimli MB
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria
N 50° 38.350 W 096° 59.682
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Quick Description: This Smallpox Epidemic Disaster Memorial is in Gimli Icelandic Pioneer Cemetery on Hwy 9 just south of 5th St (Hwy 231) in Gimli, Manitoba.
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Date Posted: 4/1/2011 10:32:38 PM
Waymark Code: WMB3YF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cldisme
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Long Description:
~ text from the back of the memorial ~
New Iceland Smallpox Epidemic
1876-1877

Over a thousand Icelandic immigrants arrived in New Iceland in the autumn of 1876, bringing with them the scourge of smallpox. The epidemic began at Icelandic River and quickly spread south and east across the lake, decimating the Native bands. The Keewatin Board of Health set up a quarantine blockade at Netley Creek, an emergency hospital at Gimli and sent three doctors into the colony.
Over six months all but 11 homesteads were infected by the disease. Many settlers were disfigured, 102 died, mostly children and the young. The pioneers buried their deceased loved ones in family plots on their homesteads, in the Icelandic Pioneer Cemetery in Gimli, in cemeteries at Nes on Icelandic River and at Husavik.
This monument is erected to honour the Icelandic smallpox victims whose exact resting place is unknown and for whom no headstones exist. In 2007, the R.M. of Gimli designated the Icelandic Pioneer Cemetery, the oldest in New Iceland, as a municipal heritage site.

~ the list of 100 names from the front of the memorial ~
Dedicated to the Memory of
Thorgrimur G Thorgrimsson Age 2Hjalmar Palmason Age 7
Kristin S Arnadottir Age 40Pall Magnusson Age 9
Lilja Hjalmsdottir Age 24Magnus Magnusson Age 1
Arni Arnason Age 12 Gunnar T Gottskalksson Age 3 Mos
Johann Jonsson Age 44 Pall Palsson Age 5
Ragnheiour J Johannsdottir Age 24 Jon Sigurdsson Age 1
Ragnar J Gunnarsson Age 2 Mos Jon G. Sigurgeirsson Age 5
Ragnheidur J Davidsdottir Age 3 Mos Jon Pjetursson Age 2
Magnus Palsson Age 7 Thora Kristjansdottir Age 8
Astridur Arnadottir Age 12 Jon Kristjansson Age 11
Einar Jonsson Age 4 Gudmundur Gudmundsson Age 1
Thorvaldur Jonsson Age 3 MosAlbina Einarsdottir Age 6
Petrina S Jonasdottir Age 4 Margrjet Stephansdottir Just Born
Sveinn Thorkelsson Age 8 Kristjana Kristjansdottir Just Born
Jon Thorkelsson Age 6 Johann Thorberg Just Born
Sigurveig I Jonsdottir Age 2 Jon Halldorsson Age 4
Sigridur M Sigurgeirsdottir Age 3 Fridrik Halldorsson Age 2
Johanna O Sigurgeirsdottir Age 1 Teitur Jonsson Age 4
Fridrik Magnusson Age 1 Sigridur Jonsdottir Age 1
Gunnlaugur B Skagfjord Age 3 Oddieyfur Sigurdsson Age 52
Thorlakur Sigurdsson Age 17 Bjorn Sigurdsson Age 30
Gudni Gudnason Age 50 Agusta Jonasdottir Age 4
Gudmundur Gudmundsson Age 10 Gudmundur Einarsson Age 4
Ingibjorg Hildibrandsdottir Age 26 Kristjan Gislason Age 6
Thorunn Gudmundsdottir Age 3 Holmfridur I Einarsdottir Age 1
Sigbrudur Gudmundsdottir Age 13 Thorkell S Pjetursson Age 1
Johann Johannsson Age 9 Ragnheidur Finnsdottir Age 5
Sigmundur Palsson Age 13 Pall Flietursson Age 1
Pjetur Jonsson Age 9 Gudrun Palsdottir Age 24
Adalheidur Jonsdottir Age 29 Thorun Palsdottir Age 14
Arnfridur Johannsdottir Age 39 Jon Bjornsson Age 4
Sigridur Palsdottir Age 1 Friorik Fiinnbogason Age 47
Skuli Gudmundsson Age 9 Bjorn Hjorleyfsson Age 5
Johann Palsson Age 17 Gudmundur Sveinbjornsson Age 4
Marteinn Jonsson Age 37 Sigridur Bjornsdottir Age 24
Kristin Marteinsdottir Age 4 Sigurbjorg Halldorsdottir Age 3
Flovent Halldorsson Age 37 Thorsteinn Bjarnason Age 29
Pall Johannsson Age 6 Einar Kr. Johannsson Age 7
Ingiridur Espolin Age 4 Thuridur Sigurdardottir Age 5 Mos
Johannes Indridason Age 4 Arni Pjetursson Age 12
Anna I Bjornsdottir Age 6 Jon Samsonsson Age 1
Jonas Tr Bjarnason Age 1 Jon Jonsson Age 2 Mos
Anna S Myrdal Age 3 Gudrun Thordardottir Age 34
Gurdun Jonatansdottir Age 8 Thordys Jonsdottir Age 3
Grimur Grimsson Age 48 Kristjan Kristjansson Age 5
Johanna G Grimsdottir Age 3 Gudjon S. Jonsson Age 1
Gudmundur Einarsson Age 5 Gudbjorg Jonsdottir Age 4
Maria Sveinbjornsdottir Age 55 Steinunn Floventsdottir Age 3
Helga Jonsdottir Age 44Ingibjorg Palsdottir Age 4
Eyjolfur Jonsson Age 5 Thorgerdur Jonatansdottir Age 33
Disaster Date: 1/1/1877

Memorial Sponsors: R.M. of Gimli

Disaster Type: Natural

Relevant Website: [Web Link]

Date of dedication: Not listed

Parking Coordinates: Not Listed

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