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moving to Winnipeg where she is employed as an Animal Health Technician.

After we quit farming, we moved to Neepawa in November 1992. We are active in the Ukrainian Catholic Church, bowling and gardening. Josie has won numerous prizes for her flowers over the years. Willie has recently taken up fishing, which he enjoys very much.


Nellie was born in 1910 to parents, Olian and Maria Meksymetz, in the District of Horod, MB. She was the eighth child born in the family of twelve.

Nellie worked out in numerous places as a domes­ tic. After a few years, she decided to come home and take over the farm and look after her aging parents. After her parents passed away, she gave up farming and entered the work force; first in partnership with her daughter, Gerty, in the restaurant business in Sandy Lake. After the restau­ rant was sold, she worked with the CN as a cook with the extra gang for four years. Then, she went to work at a hunting lodge in God's River, MB and stayed there until she retired. She moved to Dauphin and then later to Winnipeg. In 1998 she moved into the Parkland Home in Erickson to be closer to her daughter. Nellie had two chil­ dren: daughter, Gertrude, married Peter Ewasiuk (See history), and son, Gordon, married Ivy Challbom.


Clayton Family

Merriel, Jack, Bud, Jackie, Vera, Brenda, Donnelda

Vera Clayton (nee Collingridge) was the youngest daughter of Harold and Mary Collingridge. Harold and Mary resided near Rossburn, ME, on what is now a centen­ nial farm. Our Uncle Harry and his wife Joanna reside there today. Vera married Jack Clayton in Winnipeg and thirty-six hours later Jack was on a troop train. Jack spent the next 5 years overseas with the Canadian Armed Forces. Arriving back in Canada at the end of the war, Vera and Jack purchased a farm in the Vista area. Their daughter, Jackie, who was born in Winnipeg, met her father for the first time when he returned from overseas. While in Vista four more children were born: Merriel, Donnelda, Bud (Wendell) and Brenda.

Farming in the Vista area did not work out, and Jack went to work in the Virden oil fields. George Shields moved Vera and her family to the Swanton farm in Scandinavia, which now belongs to Cecil Warrener. Norland School had burned and the children in the area had to attend Scandinavia School. Jackie and Merriel rode a horse back and forth to school until the winter months. The winter was spent in a small log house near the Scandinavia School. House mother was their Grandmother, Mary Collingridge. The walls ofthe log house were covered in brown butcher paper and the cook stove provided heat. Rags were stuffed around the door every night. Wood was carried, snow melted and drinking water carried from the school. Many happy times were spent in that little house with Grandma. After everyone was in bed Jackie read aloud to us. We did our best to keep her awake for longer story hours. Grandma stoked the stove at night and must have done so many times on cold nights, as it was always warm in the morning. Hot porridge was served before going to school. Mrs. Taylor's store and the mail were big events.

When Norland School was rebuilt, off went three and then four kids via horse and buggy or cutter across country. Spring flood was an event, the meadow flooded