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Trifunov, James, 1903-1993

  • Person
  • 1903-1993

Trifunov was born on July 18, 1903 in Yarovatz, Serbia. His family immigrated to Canada when he was seven, settling in Regina, Saskatchewan where he would live until 1936 before moving to Winnipeg.

James (Jimmy) Trifunov lived in Regina, Saskatchewan until 1936. Trifunov, was a ten time Canadian amateur wrestling champion, represented Canada at three Olympic Games (1924, 1928 [where he won a bronze medal], and 1932), and won gold at the British Empire Games (now known as the Commonwealth Games) in 1930. After his own wrestling career ended, he continued as a coach and mentor to younger wrestlers, eventually coaching at an additional three Olympics (1952, 1956, 1960), and manager of two other national teams at the Commonwealth Games in 1954 and 1970.

For his contributions, Trifunov was inducted to five sports halls of fame, including Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, and became a member of the Order Canada in 1981.

He died in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 27, 1993 at the age of 89, and was survived by his wife Mary and son Donald.

Searl, George W., c. 1846-?

  • Person
  • c. 1846-1889 or after

Opened a photographic studio (under the name Searl & Co.) in Winnipeg in June 1883.

Searl & Co. (firm)

  • Corporate body
  • 1883-1885

Founded in Winnipeg in June 1883 by George W. Searl.

Portnall, Francis Henry, 1886-1976

  • Person
  • 1886-1976

Francis Henry Portnall was born on the Isle of Wight, England on May 3, 1886. In 1901 he was hired at the architectural firm of William A. Pite in London. Portnall proceeded to article with Pite and Balfour between 1901 and 1905 and then moved to Carlisle, England where he worked as an assistant to James H. Martin dale. In 1906 he emigrated to Canada, settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he worked for the firm of Darling and Pearson and was soon sent to Regina to supervise their project for the Knox Metropolitan Church. Upon his return to Winnipeg, he left Darling and Pearson to work for the Winnipeg School Board as an assistant to their chief architect James B. Bitchell. In 1908, Portnall moved to Regina where he first joined the firm of Clemesha and Coltman, and then formed a partnership with Frederick C. Clemesha and established their own firm in 1913. He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force for World War One, serving with the 10th Brigade Machine Gun Company from 1915 to 1918. Upon his return to Regina, he continued his partnership with Clemesha until 1922 whereupon he established his own business with a focus on the design of educational, ecclesiastical and residential buildings. In 1945 he formed a partnership with Daniel H. Stock, which lasted until 1951, and he began a working relationship with E. Hendrick Grolle.

Portnall died in Regina on September 13, 1976.

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