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In the winter, we enjoyed going snowmobiling. When the snowmobiles first came out that seemed to be the main activity. We also enjoyed going to dances and card parties.

Harvey attended Assiniboine College for two years and took a mechanics course. Then he took on more ofthe farming. He bought the Leslie Byskal farm from Clarence. Clarence lived there for a few years until he bought a house in Erickson. Harvey put a trailer on the farm where he lives. There are corrals and buildings there, where he has cows. Harvey bought more land, following in his Dad's footsteps; now together they farm 24 quarters.

The Sillen Home


Since the last history book, Helen and Marvin remained on the farm until July 1988, when Marvin sold the farm to Werner Popp. They moved to Minnedosa and purchased a house. While in Minnedosa, Marvin worked for Ken Beatty Construction in Erickson.

In January 1992, when Helen's health failed, she went to live with Stan and Zelda Firby, being happy to be back on the farm. Marvin sold the house in Minnedosa and moved back to the Erickson district in March of 1992.

Helen stayed with Stan and Zelda until November 1993 when she moved into a care home in Brandon. She spent only a month there before she passed away, December ll, 1993, from kidney failure. She was laid to rest in the Erickson Cemetery.

In 1996, Marvin purchased the Bob Kingdon farm where he now resides. Besides farming, Marvin hauls grain and works for the R.M. of Clanwilliam. Marvin is the proud owner of a team of Belgian horses. He enjoys taking the team on trail rides and camping along with other Belgian owners.

Stan and Zelda still remain on the farm but are semi­ retired, having turned the farm over to the boys. We do a little traveling and are active in our church. Zelda is a member of the Ag. Society, Quilting Guild and is a news reporter for the Minnedosa Tribune.

Marlin, following school, began farming with his father. Besides grain farming, he maintains a herd of Registered Black Angus and commercial cattle. He works part-time at Heartland Livestock in Brandon and is an Artificial Insemination Technician. His leisure activities include curling and golf.

Following graduation, Mark worked for Bob McNabb, at the Minnedosa Feed Mill, and on the farm. He continues to farm with Bob as well as with Marlin. In 1986 he spent 8 months in Australia with the I.AE.A program working on a farm. He also has his Class llicense so he does some long distance hauling in the winter. His leisure activities include curling and golf. On July 4, 1998 Mark married Sylvia LaCoste otMinnedosa. Sylvia works at the Minnedosa Credit Union. They have two children, Danika Jean (born March 8, 1992) and Ryan Stanley (born April 27, 1999). They make their home on Mark's pater­ nal grandparent's farm.

Marla, following graduation, attended Covenant Bible College and received her B.A degree at Brandon University. At present she is Director of Development and Alumni at the Covenant Bible College in Strathmore, AB. On August 15, 1998 she married D. Brewster. D. works for Marigold Library Systems. Marla enjoys curling, both playing and instructing. They are both active members of their church.

Melanie, following graduation, attended AC.C. III Brandon and completed a Business Administration Course. On October 10,1992 she married Reg Simms of Brandon. They have one son, Joseph Raney (born June 11, 1997). They currently live in Brandon. Melanie works part-time as a teller at the Bank of Nova Scotia and Reg works for Perth's Dry-cleaning. Both are active in their church and Reg enjoys golf and hockey.


Morley has retired from the Department of Health and Nancy from the City Health Department. We still live on Robindale Road in Charleswood and spend about 2 - 3 months every winter in Vancouver and the summers at our cottage on the Winnipeg River, between Minaki and Kenora. Nearly all the children and grandchildren come every summer - there were 16 this summer and 23 last year - all at one time.

Bill is a corporate lawyer in Vancouver - a partner in Borden Ladner Gervais; married to Mary Tait, also a lawyer.

Kathy, a physiotherapist, is married to Tom Lough and they have two children. Chris is in second year Engineering at Queen's University in Kingston and Carmen, age 15, is in Grade Ten in Fort Lauderdale. They lived in Santiago, Chile for three years and we visited them there twice. It is a beautiful country lying between