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With all of the busy times at home, James found enough time to be a 4-H leader for fifteen years. He was a firearm instructor for a number of years, and also was employed with Parks Canada for seventeen years. We retired from farming and moved to Erickson in 1981 and retired from Parks Canada in 1989.

With all children married now, we have nineteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. The Leganchuk clan now numbers 40 in the family picture.

Edina married Leonard Skwardk on November 3, 1973. They have three daughters: Corrine, born on January 8, 1977; Darla, born on December 25,1980; and Brendi, born on July 22, 1984. They live in Dauphin, MB.

Karl married Linda Saunders on December 13, 1980.

They have two children; Dawn, born on February 11, 1966 and Dean, born on April 10, 1970. Dawn married Gordon Neufeld. They have two children: Tashia, born on January 6, 1983 and Daniel, born on October 16, 1984 - our great­ grandchildren.

Milton married Marla Kim Linski on September 3, 1977. They have two children: Amber, born on January 24, 1980 and Brett, born on July 10, 1982. They live in Brandon, MS.

Eileen married Gary Meisner on August 25, 1979.

They have two daughters: Angie, born on August 10, 1982 and Nancy, born on February 21, 1984. They live at Grahamdale, MB.

Larry married Sharon McLean on November 30, 1985. They have three children: Kelly, born on June 17, 1979 (from first marriage); Jullian, born on December 16, 1981; and James, born on April 19, 1983. They live at Slave Lake, AB.

Caroline married Sheldon Fleming on November 14, 1981. They have two sons: Braydon, born on April 16, 1987; and Matthew, born on August 20, 1989. They live in Winnipeg, MB.

Rosalyn married Glen Earl on July 18, 1981. They have three children: Jason, born on January 5, 1984; Shaune, born on September 8, 1986; and Aslea, born on December 29, 1992. They live in Brandon, MB.

Keith married Michelle Johnson on July 25, 1987.

They have two children: Chad, born on July 18, 1989; and Keale, born on March 8, 1992. They live in Balmoral, MH.


October 20, 1984, 1 sold my barbershop and grocery to Wayne Dimmery, at which time I retired to Ditch Lake for four years. In 1989 I built a new home in Erickson and moved to town.

I was president of the Lion's Club at two different times and received the Anniversary Program Club Officer's Award. I also received an Honourary Doctorate from Health

and Welfare, for 25 years and over, in the Humanitarian Service to the youth, seniors, deaf, blind, drug awareness, disaster victims and community presented by Lion Otto P. Strubino and Lion's International Director, Ben Ward, District Governor 5M 13. I was presented with a 35 year Charter Member Monarch from the Officer's Association of Lion's Club. In 1996, I was awarded a certificate and granted Life Membership in the Lion's Foundation of Canada. An Honour Roll Certificate of Appreciation was presented to me by Brian Mulrony, the Prime Minister of Canada, June 17, 1988. I am an Honourary Life Member of Confederation of Canada, 1867-1992, in recognition of contribution to compatriots' community of Canada. I have been awarded Honourary Life Member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba. The Honourable Donald Orchard, Minister of Health, also presented me with a certificate acknowledging my participation in over 25 years of Humanitarian Service.

I attended a special performance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet presented by the Government of Canada on the occasion of the visit of His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg, MB, on Saturday, July 7, 1979.

For recognition as a campaign canvasser, the Canadian Red Cross Society presented me with a Certificate. I have been with the Knights of Columbus for many years and held the position of warden. I am now the President of the Ukrainian Catholic Sacred Heart Church and have been for 5 years.


In 1927, John Lewandoski purchased the land 1-17- 17- Sw., Municipality of Clanwilliam from Mr. Samuel Howard Burgess for the sum of three thousand dollars. His parents, Frank Sr. and Mary (Szucki), had come to the Empire District in 1898 from Buffalo, New York. They were originally from Krakow, Poland. John had two broth­ ers Stanley and Frank and two sisters, Martha and Francis. They are all deceased now. (More history in "Along the Hills to the Valley", History Book for Huns Valley-Po Ionia District). In 193 I, John married Josephine Koziorowski whose parents, Stanley and Catherine Koziorowski had also come from Buffalo, New York. Josephine had five sisters, Vema, Minnie, Mary, Beatrice and Margaret, and four brothers Angus, Felix, Carl and Mike. Minnie, age 90, is the only surviving sister and lives in Neepawa.

John and Josephine had five children, Beatrice, Dorothy, Mona, Ann and Roderick. John worked hard on the farm and also worked for neighboring farmers to support his family. John passed away in July of 1942, leav­ ing the family farm to his wife and infant son Roderick.

Life was very hard for Josephine with five young children to raise. The children were to attend Lund School,