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They had nine children; Edward helped at home for a time. Later he worked on Elevator construction until he left for Port Alice, B.C., where he was employed until his death in 1959.
Edna married Charlie Armstrong. (refer to Armstrong, Charlie and Edna).
Carl married Ina Manary. Carl has been farming the home farm for a number of years. He is now retired, having rented the farm to a neighbour. They now live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but spend their summers back on the farm.
El/en married Wm. Black and they reside in Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A. They have one daughter, Kathleen.
Mabel married to Arvid Lundin, have two sons, Aymer and Bryne. (refer to Lundin, Arvid and Mabel).
Elsie (SterIan d) married I. W. Burkett. Three children were born to the Sterlands; Tannis, Brent and Lynn. The Burketts now reside in Kelowna, B.C.
Effie (Woodcock) married Albin Johnson, now reside in Erickson, Manitoba. The Woodcocks had three children; Gerald, Judy and Trever.
Nina married Jack Morrison, residing in West Van couver, B.C. They have six children; Charles, John, Marlys, Ian, Wendy and Gregory.
Mrs. Charles Benson's parents, Eric and Katherine Haggstrom, came to Canada in 1906. Later they built a home on a two acre lot on the corner of S. W. 27-17-18, where they lived until their demise in 1925 and 1927 respectively.
Charles Benson held position of Municipal Councillor somewhere between 1906-1911, school trustee and Secretary Treasurer - 1916 to 1919 until the new four room school was built to replace the original school which was sold to C.J. Johnson, and today is part of the Allied Hardware Store.
Minnedosa Fair was a highlight of entertainment for people in early days. They used to fasten young trees with leaves on, around a wagon and box for shade on the long hot drive to the fair, then crowd in as many passengers as the box would hold, leaving by sunrise and returning back home toward midnight.
Charles Benson died in 1941 and Signe Benson died in 1973 both interned in Scandinavia cemetery.
BERG, ENOK AND JOSEFINA (FINA)
Enok Berg was born September 9, 1868, in Syvde, Norway, and was confirmed there in 1883. He later emigrated to the United States where he met Josefina Hanson who had been born in Bohuslan, Sweden on May 10, 1876, the daughter of Andrew Hanson. They were married on November 11, 1897, coming to Canada in 1898 and homesteading N.E. 2-18-18W, west of Otter Lake in the new Scandinavia settlement in Manitoba.
Andrew Hanson was born March 6, 1841, in Bohuslan, Sweden. He married but his wife died seven years later, leaving two little girls, Josefina, five years old, and Ellen, four years old. The next year, 1882, Andrew left his daughters in the care of relatives in Sweden and came to the U.S.A. He settled at Lake Mary, six miles southeast
Enok and Josefina Berg.
of Howard Lake in Minnesota, where he owned and operated a brickyard until 1907. Four years after leaving his children behind, he was able to send for them. They travelled under the guardianship of a man but the girls said they didn't see much of him while on the ship. Water must have been rationed because they said people stole their water. They came from New York to Minneapolis accompanied by the same man who looked after them on the ship. He then put their name tags around their necks and put them on a train to Howard's Lake. Here they were reunited with their father, two little girls, aged ten and nine. Fina grew up and became Mrs. Enok Berg.
Fina made a special contribution to the new colony, both in Scandinavia and later in Erickson, as she played the organ and piano. She served as organist in the Scandinavia Lutheran Church and also in Erickson when the congregation was expanded and the church built there. She also gave music lessons regularly and was often called on to play for special occasions.
In 1907, Andrew Hanson sold the brickyard to his son in-law, and moved to Erickson, Manitoba to make his home with Enok and Fina Berg. He helped build the first creamery in Erickson and shipped a steam engine from the brickyard in Minnesota to the creamery. After about twelve years in Canada, he returned to Minnesota with