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Peter was born on March 10, 1859, in Kolding, Sjalland, Denmark, and was confirmed in 1873. He emigrated to Canada in 1881, coming to the Scandinavia area in the Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam.

Peter and another man decided to venture further west of Otter Lake, so they went across Otter Lake to see what the land would be like. It was rough going, they lost their way and it got dark. They built a fire on top of a high hill and sat through a snowstorm. Next morning they thought they could see Otter Lake so they decided to go back to Scandinavia. In the spring Peter made this trip again and he saw the long grass amongst the trees and decided this was land for him. He applied for a homestead on S.E. 32- 17-18W on March 5,1886.

He broke one acre, scrubbed and cleared fifteen acres, had three head of cattle, built himself a log house and a stable. He had made the necessary improvements so he received the patent on October 17, 1891. He worked in sawmills, also made his own limestone from stones picked on his own land.

Peter became a Canadian citizen and in 1893 made a trip to his homeland, Denmark.

The south part of Erickson was built on his farm. In 1905 he sold three acres to the railroad and gave five acres for a school site. He also gave land for the Erickson Municipal Cemetery.

Peter was a single man, and his home was a meeting place for many Danish folk coming to this area. Peter passed away on May 1, 1939.

Peter Abel


by daughters Myra and Marlene

Josiah (Joe), the youngest son of John and Mary Allan of Cordova in Odanah R.M., was born on November 11, 1898. Theresa (Tess) was the third daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Gosh, was born on January 13, 1900. Joe and Tess were married at the Gosh home on March 7, 1923.

Their first home was on a farm at Neville, Saskat­ chewan. It was while they were here that they had four children. Myra born on September 9, 1924, Lane born on September 15, 1924, and the twins, Dean and Dwain born on September 23, 1928.

Joe and Theresa Allan.

Joe managed the hotel at McMahon, Saskatchewan, for a short while. In the spring of 1930, Joe and Tess and three other families struck off to homestead in Northern Saskatchewan. All their possessions were shipped by rail to St. Walburg, Saskatchewan. From there they travelled by covered wagons over trails to their homesteads. While they were here, their place was a stop-over for Mr. Sharp, who hauled freight between St. Walburg and Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.

Joe then rented a farm in the Loan Lake, Saskat­ chewan area until 1933, when Tess was called home to Cordova to help nurse her father who had suffered a stroke.

In 1935, they moved to the Hilltop district and then to the Norland District. While they lived in these areas, Joe did trucking to provide for his family. When they were at Norland he also worked at the sawmill.

In 1937, Joe was successful in securing a position with the Federal government as a patrolman in Riding Mountain National Park and was stationed at Baldy Lake. As there was just a small shack at Baldy Lake, Joe had to find a house to rent in the farming area west of the