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Henry Einarson
Henry John Einarson was born September 11, 1918 in GlenboroManitoba Passed away January 8, 1992.
He was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. A  Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1966 to 1981 [2]. Henry passed away on 08 Jan 1992.

Henry bought the family farm from his father, Gudbrandur. Majority of our ancestors were farmers, like Henry John Einarson (WIKI), God rest his soul. He farmed in Manitoba. Henry was in the Parliment representing Rock Lake, Manitoba for many years. Instrumental in getting the Argyle RM District Grund Lutheran Church declared a historical site. He had a great sense of humor and served his region for 16 years with four elections.He was the brother of Pauline Einarson Christopherson, Emily Einarson Enns, and Lloyd.

Pauline, Lloyd, Grandmother Soffia, Henry, Emily not in photo.

Henry was educated at local schools, and later worked as a farmer. [2]
Henry Einarson

Frey School, Manitoba 1935. Roy has the class picture
They all attended same school. Like all the grades were in a one room school

Henry enlisted in the army 1939 and served until the beginning of January 1946.
SERVICE: Bet. 1939–Jan 1946, Army
He was stationed in Holland artillery gun at the Chalet at Columbia Ice Fields on April 1944. When he and many others arrived home from overseas. There was a period of adjustment and when younger brother, Lloyd decided he did not want to stay on the farm, Henry bought it and eventually expanded it to a larger acreage. [1]
A few photos from Henry's Holland photo album.

"Henry enlisted in the army 1939 and served until the beginning of January 1946, when he and many others arrived home from overseas. All I remember (Emily) is being in the balcony of, I beleive the Civic Auditorium watching all the servicemen gathering on the main floor and the excitement of picking him out and cheering. Then to Uncle Henry Einarson's home on Sherburn Street for a celebration. Uncle Henry had been in WWI and never spoke of his experience, I think this was his way of acknowledging the survival of the horrors of war. It was a great evening with all the family gathered. There was a period of adjustment and when younger brother, Lloyd decided he did not want to stay on the farm, Henry bought it and eventually expanded it to a larger acreage."
Emily Enns to Roy

"He was stationed in Holland  artillery gun at the Chalet at Columbia Ice Fields on April 1944.". [1]

Beneath the Long Grass', page 180, p2, line 19, Winnipeg Grenadiers, "Henry Einarson, Roy, Bjarnason, Ben Johnson, Bert Coates.

Q.O.C.H. Steve Einarson [?]

Returning from the war, he went into farming in the Rock Lake area, raising first‑class Hereford beef cattle and, in latter years, poultry to a lesser degree.[2] He was elected to the Manitoba legislature in the provincial election of 1966, narrowly defeating Liberal Ronald Gardiner in the riding of Rock Lake. He was re-elected by a greater margin in the 1969 election, and again in the elections of 1973 and 1977. He was never called to cabinet. Served with great distinction for a period of 15 years. Einarson vehemently expressed his opposition to the introduction of the metric system, offended at having to report hectares instead of acres, hence the nickname Hectare stuck with Einarson. Henry raised Hereford Bulls, along with "prized chickens". [2]

The Family farm is somewhere near Hola School near the Argyle District, MB. Roy has a few photo of the farm.'Come Into Our Heritage' book shows on page 106 Section 28 and 18, Township 6, Range 13 (18-6-13) property in 1982 of a H. J. Einarson. According to map below, it is by Frey School.
Gudbrandur-Lloyd-Henry Einarson's Farm

Hereford bull
Type of cattle raised by Henry Einarson

Henry was instrumental in getting the Frelsis (Liberty) Lutheran Church at Grund designated as a Historical site at NW 12-6-14W, R.M. of Argyle, Manitoba, Canada. Designation Date: October 29, 1990.

Roy was old enough to remember Henry very well. He came down to visit 2 -3 times in the 80's. There are family photos of his visit to Pauline's house at Colma in the 40's. Henry was very tall in stature, possibly 6 FT 1" or 2". One day we visited Fisherman's Wharf and Monterey Bay. Henry had the Canadian accent, as many Canadians from the eastern region. There are many, many photos of Henry, which will be uploaded as a slide show in the future. Roy's male role models where his two brothers, Hank Enns, and Henry Einarson. [4]

Henry Einarson retired from the legislature in 1981, when his riding was abolished. He did not return to politics thereafter [1]. During his time in the legislature, he was a strong advocate for the Port of Churchill. Henry was a long‑time member of the Churchill board that dealt with the matters of concern for the operation of that port. [2] As seen in the right hand column, Henry Einarson greeting Vigdís Finnbogadóttir in Icelandic (fourth President of Iceland from 1980 to 1996), with Dr. George Johnson in the background and his wife Doris beside Vigdís. The president was visiting Winnipeg. Dr. George was Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba at that time. [1]

Another ribbon cutting ceremony
"Argyle Lodge...assisted by H. Einarson"
In 'Come into our Heritage' book, Pg 123

:...I will always remember the New Year's eve of l946 (I don't think it was 1945) when we went to meet the fellows at a hall in Winnipeg where the soldiers all lined up on the main floor and we were in the balcony trying to find him as we looked down on them all at attention!  We of course did and after we all went to Uncle Henry's house on Sherburn St. and had a party! My cousins were mostly boys in that house and they had girlfriends. They danced in the living room. Uncle Henry had been in the lst world war  and was so glad to see Henry home. Dad's family had as many get togethers as possible as we were growing up and my cousins still remember the singing, especially at Christmas. Dad could do a nice rendition of Danny Boy which Dorothy redacted in Denver remembers. I don't know what your reference to Director of Seed is all about. Henry may have grown seed that was under research at times. I can't recall what that was called at the moment. He took eggs by the carton into Winnipeg for the relatives as well as chickens for many years....
Emily Enns to Roy, 02/19/2011

Friday, February 21, 1992
The House met at 10 a.m.

Mr. Speaker:  Would honourable members please rise and remain standing to indicate their support for the motion?

(A moment of silence was observed)

Mr. Filmon:  Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the honourable Minister of Natural Resources (Mr. Enns), that this House convey to the family of the late Henry John Einarson, who served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, its sincere sympathy in their bereavement and its appreciation of his devotion to duty in a useful life of active community and public service, and that Mr. Speaker be requested to forward a copy of this resolution to the family.

Motion presented.

* (1140)

Mr. Filmon:  Mr. Speaker, again, the individual whose life and service we are honouring is well known to many members of this Chamber.  Henry Einarson was a colleague of many of us and served in this Legislature with great distinction for a period of 15 years.  As such, he is known personally and very warmly to the members of our caucus and government family.  I know that many of my colleagues in caucus attended Henry's funeral.  Regrettably, on that day, we had two funerals at exactly the same time that involved family members of our caucus.  Some of us were in Brandon at the funeral of the Attorney General's father.  There would have been even more at Henry's funeral had those circumstances not coincided.

     Henry was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the general election of June 23, 1966, as a Progressive Conservative for the Electoral Division of Rock Lake, which now has been redistributed between Turtle Mountain and Gladstone.  He was re-elected in the general elections of June 25, 1969, June 28, 1973, and October 11, 1977.  He did not run for re-election in November of 1981.

     Henry Einarson was born and raised in the Glenboro area, having been born at Glenboro on September 11, 1918, and took his schooling in that community.  He enlisted in the Canadian Forces and served Canada oversees from 1941 to 1946.  Returning from the war, he went into farming in the Rock Lake area, raising very good quality cattle and, in latter years, poultry to a lesser degree.

     Certainly, during his almost 16 years in office, he made a great many close friends.  All of us recall with great warmth Henry's easygoing, likable style--at all times a very dedicated and committed member of the Legislature, but someone who was just fun to be around.

     Henry Einarson continued to keep in touch with all of us. Henry Einarson always was a part of our friendly social gatherings in the years that I was in this Chamber with him.  In the years to follow, whenever we had occasion as members of our party to get together from time to time, if it were possible for Henry to attend, he enjoyed being there to reminisce, to recall old times spent in the Legislature: battles fought--some won, some lost--but the enjoyment of the so many friendships that he had built over the years.

     I recall one humourous story that could be known as the mystery of the chickens.  It happened when I was a member of cabinet in 1981.  I had been using one of the pool cars.  Henry, a very generous person, was of the habit of from time to time bringing in freshly killed and cleaned chickens from his farm and giving them out to members of caucus.

     He called my office and asked my secretary if I would like some freshly killed chickens.  I said, of course, Janice and I would love to have them.  My secretary asked what shall she do, and I said, please just give him the keys to my car and have him put them in the trunk. Well, unbeknownst to me, the pool car was taken away from me and my regular car was restored later that afternoon--I believe it was a Friday.  I went home and announced to Janice that I had some fresh chickens in the trunk and opened the trunk, and it was empty.  She thought that I was kidding, and I thought that there must have been some grave error, but I did not pursue it.

     The following Monday, we had Government Services checking all of the pool cars for my chickens, because having checked with Henry, yes, indeed, he had brought the chickens and put them in the car; and, no, indeed, I did not have the chickens.  Nobody knew anything about it.  We thought that somebody must have had a great meal on the weekend, and we could not figure it out.  About two weeks later, Doug Gourlay, who was also a minister at the time, happened to mention to somebody that he had gotten this pool car a couple of weeks ago and had an unexpected bonus with it--there were some chickens in the trunk.

     We solved the mystery in any case, and the Gourlays had a fun weekend and an excellent meal, thanks to Henry.  Henry's generosity both of spirit and with his possessions was known to all of us.

     Henry also, of course, is one of those of Icelandic heritage who served well and who took his place among many of Icelandic heritage in this Chamber.  He comes from the other pocket of Icelandic settlement in Manitoba, in that Glenboro area, not the Interlake area that produced so many members of Icelandic descent in the House, including, of course, the Honourable George Johnson, now our Lieutenant-Governor, and prior to him, Elman Guttormson and so many other names, that history having been carried on by people such as Rick Nordman and the honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism (Mr. Stefanson) today, and so on.

     Henry was very proud of his Icelandic heritage and certainly weaves his own history into the fabric of contributions that the Icelandic-Canadians have made to Manitoba's development and Manitoba's future strength and growth.  All of us in this Chamber who knew Henry and not only respect him, but enjoyed him so very, very much, give thanks and praise for his many years of service to his community, to his province and to his country in time of war.

     We express our very sincere condolences to his surviving family, to his daughter, Leanne, his son David, his son Craig, his son Brad, his brother and sisters and his special friend, Hazel Trimble, of Glenboro, all of those people who, I know, will not only be remembering him so fondly and so well, but people who like us have been blessed and had their lives enriched by being friends and close associates of Henry Einarson.

* (1150)

Mr. Doer:  Mr. Speaker, I would like to join with the Premier on behalf of our party in condolences to the family of Henry John Einarson.

     Certainly his contributions are well known and have been articulated by the Premier in his comments.  Four elections over a 15-year period, Mr. Speaker, again is an indication to us of the credibility he held with his constituents and the members of his constituency prior to the elimination of the constituency in the drawing up of the boundaries prior to the '81 election.

     I was not aware of the great chicken chase story that the Premier had articulated this morning, but I had heard of the reputation of Mr. Einarson and words such as "warm" and "a great sense of humour" that I have heard from members opposite and other members opposite's political family in describing Mr. Einarson.

     Certainly his long career is worthy of note today:  his experience in the war serving his country, his long political contributions and his many contributions to the Glenboro and related community.

     On behalf of our party and members on this side, we would like to pay our deepest condolences to the family, to his close friend, Hazel Trimble, his daughter, Leanne, his sons David, Craig, Brad, and we certainly would want our comments this morning to be passed on to the family to hear.  Thank you.

Mrs. Carstairs:  Mr. Speaker, on behalf of our party, I wish to also join in the condolence motion for Henry John Einarson.  No one in our caucus knew him personally; we just know him by reputation, but I was struck at a comment in the obituary.  It says here that Henry's wish was that everyone attending his funeral be classed as honourary pallbearers.  It sounds to me that he never lost the political instinct and that he is probably doing a little politicking upstairs at the present moment, in that he wanted to reach out to a great number of people, even in his funeral service.

     Here is an individual who served in this chamber for 15 years. Not only is that a long period of time, but like the previous individual, he was never in cabinet.  I think that there is a sense often that the only place to really serve is in cabinet, and it is not true.  Every single member of this House is as important as any other member of this House, and the fact that the Premier (Mr. Filmon) remembers, along I am sure with some of his colleagues, who will be speaking later, who will indicate that they remember him with such fondness, means that they considered that his contribution at that time was also of tremendous value.  We must never forget that service to one's community in a capacity such as serving as a member of the Legislative Assembly, as Mr. Einarson did so very, very well, is one which we should all remember with respect and with appropriate value systems.

     He has a large extended family, and there must be many of them who are grieving at his loss at the present time.  Although some time has passed since his death on January 8 of 1992, we still know that there must be a daily moment, or many moments, when they recall his life so vividly.  I will say once again that we hope that they are filled each and every day with wonderful memories of him that can help in some small way to ease that pain and ease that grief so that they can go and continue to live his legacy, because he obviously left a legacy.  He left a legacy of humour, of good cheer, of thoughtfulness, of consideration, and those are qualities that all of us, quite frankly, would like to be remembered for.

     With those remarks, Mr. Speaker, I would want our condolences to go along with the condolence messages of other members of this House to his family and friends in this loss to all of them.

Mr. Enns:  Mr. Speaker, as the Premier (Mr. Filmon) indicated in first introducing the condolence resolution before us, Henry was indeed a good person to be around.  I remind myself and particularly those on this side of the House that, at the time that Henry Einarson came into the House, we were entering into that long winter of opposition, facing the Schreyer years.  It was important in our group, in our caucus, to have people like Henry Einarson to be of good cheer and to encourage us in all manner of things, whether it was providing us with good farm produce from time to time, and just his general outlook on the importance of everyday living and getting together with each other.

     Henry had, of course, a great contribution to make, the kind that is not always visible in this publicity-conscious business that we are in.  Henry was a very hard-working member of our group, with specific interests, to name but one:  the ongoing operation of the Port of Churchill, which to this day still occupies a considerable amount of attention, as it should, in this Chamber.  Henry was a long-time member of the Churchill board that dealt with the matters of concern for the operation of that port.

     Henry was also in his private life an excellent cattleman. He raised first-class Hereford beef cattle at his farm in Glenboro and in many ways epitomized, I suppose, that type of a farm operation that, quite frankly, if we had more of them today, we would be in less trouble in agriculture, a good mixed farm: cattle, grain, other livestock. Those of us who from time to time are involved with livestock operations realize the importance of attention to detail, attention to the operations of that kind on a daily basis.  It was that kind of dedication that Henry brought to his constituents and to the concerns that he was responsible for in this Chamber, and I am privileged to on this occasion to add my name to the condolence motion currently before us.

* (1200)

Hon. Donald Orchard (Minister of Health):  Mr. Speaker, I want to add my remarks to the condolence motion for Henry Einarson, as proposed by the Premier.

     I was elected in 1977 and had the opportunity to share a common boundary with Henry Einarson as the MLA for Rock Lake. Henry was a veteran, and Henry knew how the House operated and was able to provide sound advice to new MLAs, because there were a number of us in the election of 1977 who had very little experience.  Indeed I had none in terms of elected life.  It was an absolute delight to watch the performance of Henry Einarson and some of our veteran colleagues to see how they approached issues and debate and how they were able to achieve some of the agenda items that, of course, they were elected to achieve by their constituents.

     I remember one of the first very excellent lessons that I learned with Henry Einarson was the delightful art of lobbying a cabinet minister, because Henry and I shared a common boundary. That common boundary had on it the Snowflake highway, which went from La Riviere on the west side of my constituency down to Snowflake on the U.S. border. Henry's constituency and mine were split by the centre line of the highway.

     Henry said to me that, with rail line abandonment and other issues affecting the community of Snowflake and the southern half of his constituency, we have to impress upon the Minister of Highways, the honourable member for Lakeside (Mr. Enns) at the time, that we should get the Snowflake road paved.  We achieved that through the very successful efforts of persuasion that Henry Einarson brought to the office of MLA for Rock Lake.  That was the first four years I was elected.

     The constituency of Rock Lake in the 1981 election had been broken into three different constituencies, so I inherited the southeast corner of Rock Lake that Henry Einarson had served for all 16 previous years. I want to tell you it is then that I came to really fully appreciate his skills as an elected representative and how very, very deeply concerned and involved with the citizens he represented as constituents.  I tell you straight out there was no way as an MLA that I could ever conduct and look after constituency issues, people issues like Henry Einarson did for the citizens of Clearwater, Crystal City, Pilot Mound, and the R.M. of Louise.  It seemed like everyone knew Henry Einarson, and Henry Einarson had helped them over that 16-year career of representation with some problem, personal, business, municipal, it did not matter.

     Henry was there to help his constituents, and he put his constituents and his people first.  I think that is a talent and an art, Mr. Speaker, that with the fast pace of elected politics today that maybe we do not have the same opportunity to undertake.  In the same degree, that was the tradition and the expectation of long-serving MLAs of this Chamber like Henry Einarson.  I think that is a loss to the electoral process that we represent in this House.  It is part of the reality, I guess, of the complexities of modern government.

     I also remember Henry Einarson from some of the debates, and I could not quite come to grips with why Henry was known by some of his former colleagues that we got elected with, they called him Hectare.  I asked why they would call him Hectare.  Well, it was during, I guess, opposition years when the metrification of western Canada came in, and Henry Einarson was a very vocal opponent of having to put down his very good farm that he had nurtured to productivity like few others ever have been able to achieve.  He was offended at having to report hectares instead of acres, and he would often take every opportunity in private members' hour and other areas, other opportunities, to point out the lack of wisdom in metrification of the agricultural community of western Canada, and hence the name Hectare stuck with them. We probably called him Hectare more than we called him Henry when I think about it.

     I say sincerely, Mr. Speaker, that Henry Einarson was a very, very large person when it came to representing the people of Rock Lake. Today he has friends that remember him fondly from the kind of efforts that he undertook on their behalf.  The Premier mentions the steady supply of chickens that Henry would bring in.  Well, let me tell you, he did that throughout the constituency.  Many citizens, now resident in personal care homes and senior citizens housing, have up until just recently been able to enjoy that supply of fresh farm chickens, because Henry carried on with that tradition long after he was no longer the MLA for the area.  That, I think, sort of speaks more for his dedication to the citizens who elected him than any other fact.

     I want to pass on to Henry's family, to his very special friend, and to all his friends in the Glenboro area and throughout the length and breadth of this province that mourn his passing that he was and remains a very respected MLA and one of the very, very fine individuals and fine representatives of this Chamber of government in the province of Manitoba.

     I pass my sincere condolence on to all his family, special friend and friends.

Hon. James Downey (Minister of Energy and Mines):  Mr. Speaker, I rise, too, to join in the condolence motion for Henry Einarson and to say that I was honoured and privileged to have been asked to read the eulogy at the funeral of Henry Einarson.  I will refer to parts of it as I make comment about a good friend, our good friend Henry Einarson.

     I think that there is a true testimony to Henry's constituency work in his abilities to look after his constituents that he was returned to the Legislature as many times as he was through so many elections.  His dedication to serve was to him to fight to preserve our free democratic system as he, in fact, served in the armed forces.

     Henry was a committed, dedicated, kindly man, always determined to make sure that the voice of his constituents were heard.  He was prepared to listen and acknowledge the other person's point of view.  If in debate you had done well, Henry would clearly indicate that you had made a very important point.

     Henry was always prepared to bring to the caucus and the Legislature the important role that agriculture played in the province.  He demonstrated his leadership in the farm community, whether selecting breeding stock for his excellent cattle herd, production of the roasting chickens, which has been referred to several times, and the delivery of them to his caucus colleagues, or in fact to selling of freezer beef to his urban colleagues.

     Henry was truly a friend of the land and a friend of all those who toiled to maintain our food production system.  Henry continued to show his commitment to the farm and support his family, working with them as he represented his constituents, continuing to show his strength as the Einarson family endured one of life's most tragic events, that being the loss of a loved one at a very early age.  This I am sure took its toll; however, having faith in God, Henry and the family endured and carried on.  He had determination.

     He continued to show the determination as has been referred to in his support for the Port of Churchill, participating in the Port of Churchill board, as well, vehemently expressed his opposition to the introduction of the metric system to obtain the name of Hectare, as my colleague... [2]

[1] Emily Einarson Enns, SEC.3 Emily Einarson Enns-1954 translated Icelandic Papers and 40 page family data sheets
[2] LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF MANITOBA, Session: 10 A.M., Friday, February 21, 1992
[3] Wikipedia on Henry
[4] Roy Christopherson

Roy and Emily contributed to Henry's Wiki page


Henry Einarson Link to Surname pages
Son of Gudbrandur 'Goodie' Einarson and Mary Jacobina Sigvaldson

Henry married

1. Henry John Einarson, b. 11 Sep 1918
2. Pauline Evelyn Einarson Christopherson, b. 19 Oct 1919
3. Lloyd Robert Einarson, b. 04 Mar 1923
4. Emily Kristine Einarson

1. Roberta Lee Einarson
4. Living Einarson
5. Living Einarson

Roy's Uncle


Clann Einarson Page

Einarson Family

See Einarson Albums

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IMG_SCAN_0793 EINARSON Great Grand Family
Circa 1920
Far Right: Mary SIGVALDSON Einarson with Pauline
Far left might be Pauline with Henry (boy), mary's sister, maybe their aunt florence,
Einar's daughter, unknown.
This may be the Sigvaldson farm in N of Ivanhoe, MN, USA
Courtesy of the Pauline Einarson Collection

(Center) Henry Einarson tour of duty in Holland

Shirley BARKER N., Henry Einarson, Pauline Christopherson
Photographer Roy Christopherson
Courtesy of the Pauline Einarson Collection


Shirley Barker N., Henry.Einarson, Pauline Christopherson Laughing
Courtesy of the Pauline Einarson Collection

Bru Church

Pauline EINARSON Christopherson and brother Henry
Courtesy of the Pauline Einarson Collection
Bru Church (which was another Icelandic Church used located just North of Baldur, but it has since been moved to a farm site South of Cypress River, MB where it was converted into a Bed & Breakfast/Banquet Hall. Bru was not as closely connected to our family history, but it is an interesting site nonetheless.

Henry Einarson greeting the President of Iceland