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Left to Right: Fred, Ernest, Cecil, Arthur. Bottom: Levi, Harry and Annie, and Ray.

those misfortunes, they traded the homestead for N1/2 15-14-19W in the Riverdale district with Rapid City being their hometown and Post office. There were four more boys born there.

Fred, born January, 1918, married, raised a family and presently he and his wife reside at Minnedosa.

Arthur, born May, 1920, married, raised a family and now he and his wife reside on S.W. 11-14-20W in the Rapid City area.

Cecil, born July, 1922, married raised a family and presently he and his wife reside on N.E. 17-14-19W in the Rapid City area.

Albert, born October 13, 1923, died October 29, 1923. The children attended McBride School. In the fall of 1944, Harry and Annie retired to Minnedosa where they met and made many good friends. Harry passed away on November 9, 1971, at 95 years. Annie passed away July 1, 1982, also at 95 years. Interment at the Rapid City Cemetery.


Royal Edwin was born in Marion township, Charlevoix, Michigan, USA, on April 12, 1894, the son of Arthur and Elzabeth Beattie. Roy received his education to the eighth grade in McGeogh, a small country school.

He came to Canada in 1910, when he and his father homesteaded land south of Swift Current, Sask., in the Hillandale district. Roy met Olga Marie Ramgren, who was at the time a cook on a ranch. They were married in July, 1923. The couple had one son, Conrad.

Roy and Olga farmed in Saskatchewan until 1937, when the extreme drought forced them to move to Manitoba. They bought the Ramgren farm, N.E. 30-17- 17W, where they farmed until 1963, when they retired to the Village of Erickson. Olga passed away in 1974, and Roy continued to live in his own home until failing health made it necessary for him to move to the Sandy Lake


Personal Care Home. He passed away on August 18, 1983. The Beattie family are all buried in the Erickson Municipal Cemetery.

Roy Conrad, their son, was born on September 27, 1927, in Hillandale, Sask., where he lived with his parents until 1937, when they moved to Manitoba. He attended Scandinavia and Hilltop schools to the eighth grade. He helped his parents on the home farm and worked for J.J. Jackson on road construction during the off-seasons. He passed away on July 23, 1963, at the age of 35 years, and was buried in the Erickson Municipal Cemetery.

Conrad, Olga, Roy Beattie.


Ethylin Irene, the eldest daughter of Paul and Elena Gronback, was born in Minnedosa. She was raised on the farm in the Danvers District; and received elementary schooling at Tales School. She then quit and went working until she met and married James Beatty on May 15, 1941. He was from Orillia, Ontario. They resided in Transcona the first years as Jim was a foreman in the Cordite plant. Two sons were born while living there:

Venton, born September 6, 1942, and Donald, born March 1, 1944.

Ethylin and Jim then moved to the Danvers district and farmed with her father, living on a rented farm north of Ditch Lake. While there, a third son, Kenneth, was born December 16, 1946. They moved to the home farm in 1950 renting from her parents, later buying it in 1955. They started building a house in 1971 and moved into it on January 25, 1972. It was one of the "cooler" days of _40° F. The farm has stayed in the Gronback family to this present time.

Their sons attended Tales School for grades 1 to 9.

They took their high school in Erickson.

Venton - (refer to Beatty, Venton and Marlenne).

Donald, single and living at home, works with his brother on Construction. Kenneth is married to Carol Lukian­ chuk and has three boys, Maurice, Ryan, and Kevin.