- Question 2
- Sigursteinn Oddson
and Hans Peter Tergesen met similar fates in their journey as immigrants
to establish a new life for themselves in Canada.
Both young men set out to start a new life. But one was more successful
than the other. H.P.Tergesen opened his own store in 1899. It became
the community's centre-point of Icelandic culture and tradition and
continues today as the busiest store in Gimli, run by Tergesen's descendants.
Sigursteinn Oddson, however, was almost broken by the hardships of
starting over. Clearing Manitoba swampland, he struggled with reluctant
crops, land office bureaucrats and personal tragedy. Hard work wasn't
enough and in the end his family was scattered all across Canada.