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First bus owned by A. J. Thiessen of Rosenfeld 1946.

Credit: A. J. Thiessen

Born on December 12, 1910 in Rosen­ feld, A. J. Thiessen embarked on a busi­ ness career during the 1930's as an agent of the Wawanesa Fire Insurance Compa­ ny. He later bought an Overland Car which he converted into a truck inaugurat­ ing his trucking and transportation ven­ tures. In 1932 he entered into a part­ nership with G. H. Fast buying, selling and transporting chickens and eggs, which quickly grew into a daily truck service ser­ ving Altona, Gretna, Rosenfeld, Plum Coulee and Horndean. In 1936 Fast and Thiessen were awarded a Chrysler­ Plymouth dealership and they expanded into automobile and machinery business. In 1945 Thiessen entered the transporta­ tion business when he was granted the charter to provide bus service, for Gretna,

Altona and Winkler areas on the newly constructed highways. Thiessen Bus Lines expanded rapidly after that acquiring Grey Goose Buslines and a number of other regional bus lines. By 1983 Grey Goose Corporation, of which Thiessen was Chairman of the Board, was a multi-million dollar business. Over the years A. J. Thiessen was also very active in Rhineland community affairs. He has served on the Rosenfeld School Board, and for a number of years was also President of the Manitoba School Trustees Association, and the Rhineland School Trustees Asso­ ciation. He also sat on the Mel Board of Directors for 18 years, four years of which he was Chairman. He also helped organize the CFAM Radio Station in the 1950's. A Conservative in politics, he served as Vice-President of Lisgar Conservative Organi­ zation, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Provincial Legislature. He now resides in Winnipeg.