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February 8, 1917. The yearly payments were to be $200.00 until the full amount of $3,000.00 was paid. A footnote to the contract reads: "and it is further agreed that if the crop in any year is not worth $200.00, the payments and interest for that year shall be exempted until the following year". This land had originally been owned by August Haralson who had built a log cabin on it and planted fruit trees and a caragana hedge that are still there. Ebba and Charlie Carlson were always ready to assist in anything that was for the good of the com munity. Charlie served on the School Board and was one of the prime movers in establishing the Erickson Branch of the Manitoba Pool Elevators. He was one of its original directors and served as such for twenty years. They were staunch supporters of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Erickson where Ebba served as President of the "Martha Ladies Aid" for many years and Charlie served as Deacon and Trustee. Ebba was also active in the Ladies Hospital Aid and the Otter Lake Community Club.
The hospitality of the Carlson home was known to everyone. Many were the ice-cream socials, Young Peoples' Parties and other social events held at the farm home. All who came were welcome to an evening of sociability, a meal or night's lodging. The doors were never locked. Memories of early days on the farm recall such things as the little engine that pumped the water from the well, and which was later used to run the washing machine as well, a real luxury on a pioneer farm; keeping cream sweet by placing it either in the cellar or down the well; the big red table cloth that was used only at threshing time; the trips to Grandma and Grandpa Hemmingson's at Christmas time over Otter Lake with sleigh bells jingling and the children, wrapped in robes sitting in the bottom of the sleigh on a bed of straw, with bags of heated grain for added warmth.
There were also memories of such things as stacking hay with pitchforks; cutting grain with a binder and setting the sheaves in stooks to turn the rain. There were the huge threshing outfits powered by a steam engine fired with straw or wood and manned by perhaps a dozen men. Not to be forgotten was the food that had to be prepared for the threshers - the pies, cakes and Ebba's buns and brown bread. Taking lunch out to the threshers and watching them tuck it away was always an interesting part of any threshing day.
Charlie Carlson loved his horses and kept them so full of oats that they were hard to manage and sometimes ran away. Although a tractor was eventually bought for the farm. "C.O." never drove it. This was always left to Kelly.
In 1918, a Model T Ford was bought for $750.00 complete with sidelamps, button down side curtains and a crank. Although in later years, the family moved on to a Model A Ford and eventually to bigger cars, the Model T was the only car that Charlie Carlson ever drove. Kelly still has it and it runs fine but is now used only for special events such as historical parades.
After leaving school, Clifford Carlson worked at home on the farm and after his father's death in 1952, he took it over and still owns and operates it. (refer to Carlson, Kelly and Wilda).
Effie Carlson was active in the Lutheran Church as she grew up in Erickson having served both as church organist and Sunday School teacher and as a member of the Erickson Luther League. She married Preston Moffat who had been Principal of the Erickson High School for two years and then taught in Clanwilliam. This was followed with a move to Portage where Pres taught in the Collegiate and where the two boys were born, then to The Pas and finally to Winnipeg where Pres served suc cessively as a School Inspector and as Director of Teacher Training for the Province. The elder son, Dr. Murray Moffat, with his wife Linda and two children, Grant and Karen reside in Oshawa. Terry is teaching in Northern Manitoba. Both Murray and Terry have many wonderful recollections of the happy summers that they spent as children on Grandma and Grandpa Carlson's farm.
The Charlie Car/son/amity, Kelly, Charlie, Effie, Ebba.
E//ie, Kelly. Ethel Carlson.