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attending a church service June 8, 1941.

The body was brought back to Manitoba and laid to rest in the All Saints Anglican Cemetery, north of Clanwilliam. This is the cemetery where his brothers, Charles and Alfred and sister, Marian, Mrs. Frank Baker, later Mrs. Wm. Drummond were laid to rest.


by Leonard J. Averill

My father, Alfred Averill, was the youngest in a family of eight, four boys and four girls, of Stephen and Charlotte Averill. In 1891, at the age of 15, he left Tetbury, Glouchester, England, alone, to come to Minnedosa. There, he joined his older brothers, Charles and Blake, who were bat ching on the S.W. 32-16-18 north of Minnedosa where Frank and Arthur, sons of Charles, now farm.

After Alfred had farmed with his brothers and worked for other farmers for a few years, he decided to farm on his own so he rented the S.W. 21-16-18, later known as

the Like Munro place. Then he rented the S. of 27-16-18 from Herb Hilliard.

There he brought his bride, the former Kate Woodcock of Bethany, after their marriage on December 27, 1900. In 1891, she had also come to Minnedosa from England with her parents, John and Katherine Woodcock and several brothers and sisters.

In 1919, Dad bought the S.E. of 33-16-18 and later they bought the S. W. of 33-16-18 and part of the N. W. of 27-16-18, the present family farm. It was then unim­ proved land. They built a log house and a log stable, did some breaking, and took up residence in 1903.

In 1919, they had a brick veneer house built in which we still live and find quite comfortable. While the house was being built they discovered that their herd of cattle had tuberculosis so the animals had to be disposed of at sacrifice prices with no compensation. It was necessary to build a new stable and to start a new herd of cattle. They bought several registered Holstein-Freisen cattle which they developed into one of the first accredited herds in Western Canada. All this extra expense nearly proved too much; but with a lot of hard work it finally paid off. For a number of years they had their herd on R.O.P. test and sold breeding stock. A new barn was built in 1947.

Dad was church warden of All Saints and St. Mary's Anglican Church for 40 years, a charter member of the Clanwilliam Canadian Order of Foresters, and auditor of Crocus Hill School District for 50 years. Mother was very active in the Anglican Church W.A. and was made a Life Member. During the two World Wars she knit many articles for and donated money to the Red Cross.

In 1960, they retired and went to live in Minnedosa.

There Dad passed away in 1965 at the age of 90 shortly before their 65th wedding anniversary. Mother continued to live in Minnedosa until her death in 1972 at the age of 92.

They raised a family of six: Katherine Margaret (Maggie), Helen Marianne (Mollie), Stephen Alfred (Steve), Lilian Amy (Lil), William Robert (Bob), and


Leonard John (Len). All attended Crocus Hill School.

Maggie became a registered nurse before her marriage to Sanford Buchanan of Neepawa. They have now retired from farming and reside in Neepawa. They have a family of four.

After working as a cook in Winnipeg, Mollie married Charles Wilmot of Bethany.

Steve married Edith Drayson of Neepawa, a school teacher, who had taught at Crocus Hill School. They farmed in Crocus District before moving to Victoria, British Columbia where Steve worked for British Columbia Electric Company before he retired. There are three in their family.

Lil married the late Fred Olsen of Erickson and they have a son, Rick, and a grandson, Brent. Lil worked as a Nurse's Aid in Minnedosa District Hospital for seven years. Now she is a resident of Town View Manor where she enjoys her hobby, knitting.

Bob married Margaret Drayson of Neepawa, a registered nurse, and sister of Edith, Mrs. Steve Averill. Bob was a member of the Victorian police force before he joined the R.C.A.F. to serve as a Navigator during World War II. After the war he worked in Post Offices in British Columbia. Now he and Margaret are retired and live in Victoria, British Columbia, near their three daughters.

I, Len, have lived all my life on the home farm. We no longer have the R.O.P. herd, have cleared and broken more land, and have become solely grain farmers. That gives us more time for curling and community activities. Verna Brown, a school teacher, originally from Bass­ wood, and I were married in 1960.

In 1981, this Averill farm of eighty years was sold to Bruce Proven. Len and Verna retired to Minnedosa.


by Fran Kolton

The history of the Babijowski family in the Clan­ william District begins September 7, 1937, when Stephan Frank Babijowski purchased a quarter of land (S.W. 17- 17 -18W) four miles south of Erickson from William Sianchuk. The purchase price of the land was in the range of $800-$1000.

In the spring of 1938, Steve and Mary moved to the quarter of land with their infant daughter Frances. They lived in a one-room house which in later years became a granary. The first year there were but a few acres under cultivation east of the present yard and on this land Steve planted wheat. Since there was so little land under cultivation, Steve worked in the district for other farmers to supplement his income. Steve worked mainly for Duncan Mcinnes who owned land directly south of his farm. On occasion Steve also worked for Frank Marcino.

Steve immigrated to Canada in May, 1928, from Poland. He was born in Kosow, Tarnopol, Poland, in 1904. He was orphaned at an early age and came to Canada where his step-mother Mrs. Thomas Wornecki lived (in the Rackham area). He spent time working in the Harrison municipality for different farmers and in