Rolf Wallgren Bruhn

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Rolf Wallgren Bruhn
MLA for Salmon Arm
In office
Personal details
Born Rolf Wallgren
(1878-09-04)September 4, 1878
Resterod Parish, Sweden
Died August 30, 1942(1942-08-30) (aged 63)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Political party British Columbia Conservative Party
Spouse(s) Anna Treat

Rolf Wallgren Bruhn (September 4, 1878 – August 30, 1942) was a Swedish-born farmer, lumberman and political figure in British Columbia. He represented Salmon Arm in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1924 to 1942 as a Conservative.

He was born Rolf Wallgren in Resterod parish, in 1878,[1] the son of Axel Wallgren. His father, a Crown Reeve in Sweden, was accused of embezzlement in 1890 and subsequently adopted the surname Bruhn and went to Canada, leaving his family behind. The family moved to Gothenburg, where his mother operated a bakery. In 1894, Rolf left school and worked as a deckhand on freighters. He won a sailboat in a raffle in 1895; he gave most of the money to his mother and bought a ticket to Canada.

There, like his father, he adopted the surname Bruhn. Bruhn worked as a sailor on the Great Lakes; moving west, he worked on the railway and as a miner and logger. In 1898, he settled in Malakwa, British Columbia. Bruhn married Anna Treat in 1902. Bruhn supplemented his income from farming with road contract work. In 1910, he moved with his family to Salmon Arm, working as a road foreman and then road superintendent. He also served four years as an alderman.

Bruhn lost his position of road superintendent after the Liberals were elected in 1916. He moved to Sicamous, where he established a business producing cedar poles. Bruhn was badly burned in a fire and, for a time, his wife managed the company. The company expanded, building a lumber mill at Canoe and addling logs and railway ties to its products.

He was named to the Conservative cabinet as President of the Executive Council in 1928 and as Minister of Public Works in 1930. Bruhn helped draft the platform for the Social Constructive Party in 1937 and, although he ran as an Independent candidate in the 1937 general election, he was endorsed by the Constructives. The Social Constructive Party was not successful and Bruhn ran again as a Conservative in 1941. Later that year, he was again Minister of Public Works in a Liberal/Conservative coalition government. Bruhn suffered a stroke and died in office the following year.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "Rolf Wallgren Bruhn, Pioneer and Politician". Living Landscapes. Royal BC Museum. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Journals of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia". Legislature of British Columbia. February 2, 1943. p. 3. Retrieved 2011-10-21.