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CARLSON, KELLY AND WILDA

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 although now living in Erickson with his wife, the former Wilda Anderson, who came to Erickson to teach and whom he married in 1941.

After a few years, Wilda returned to teaching and Kelly continued to farm while at the same time becoming very involved in church and community affairs. After resuming teaching, Wilda taught first at Otter Lake and then in Erickson High School. While teaching, she continued her studies and eventually graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.A. Degree. Among the things she values most are the many occasions on which her former students in so many ways have shown that they appreciate her interest in them.

Kelly has served as a member of the Manitoba Pool Elevators Executive Committee, and on the Board of Directors of the Erickson Co-op. He is an active member of the Lion's Club and both he and Wilda are active members of the Erickson Lutheran Church. During its active years, he sang baritone in the Neepawa Barbershop Quartet and continues to sing in the Lutheran Church Male Chorus. For many years he played violin with "Kelly's Melody Makers", a dance orchestra which he organized. Although he doesn't curl, he never tires of working at the Curling Rink so that others may enjoy curling. In 1982, his interest was recognized by an award given for "Dedication to Curling Events in Erickson 1974-1982". Not many people could win a curling award without curling.

Wilda and Kelly Carlson.

Thoughtfulness is someone who thinks up nice things to do and then does them.

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John and Lovisa Carlson.

CARLSON, JOHN AND LOVISA

by Harriet Lee

Born in Bohuslan, Sweden in 1860, John Carlson was orphaned at an early age, and was raised by an uncle and aunt, Niklas and Klara Hak. When old enough he worked in the city of Goteborg, but at the age of nineteen, influenced by the promises of the new land, he immigrated to the U.S.A., coming to St. Paul, Min­ nesota. After a couple of years he returned to Sweden to marry the girl he had left behind, Lovisa Anderson, born 1855. In 1882 they came to Ada, Minnesota where they rented land. Dissatisfied with conditions there, especially as they experienced severe spring floods, they decided to come to Canada, with the west coast in mind for their future home. John set out on a scouting trip for land. Upon arrival in Winnipeg, he met Mr. James Hem­ mingson from Scandinavia, whom he had known in St. Paul. Due to his encouragement, the decision was made to settle in Scandinavia. Here, in 1887, he moved his wife and two children, Charlie, born in 1884, and Jenny born in 1886. He was impressed with the gigantic spruce, the lush meadows, and the heavy undergrowth, especially peavine, in the woods. Inexperienced as they were in judging soil, they felt that here the land would be rich and productive. A good source of water for the cattle they planned to raise helped them decide to homestead the S.E. of Section 18-18-17W, which had the Rolling River flowing through it. Three more children were born here:

Henry in 1889, one of the first babies in the new colony, Fred in 1891, and Mary in 1897.

Clearing the land and breaking it with oxen meant back breaking labour for the whole family, as the children assisted as soon as they were old enough. Only when they could be spared from work did they attend school. There was open range for cattle, so the first fields were fenced and the stock roamed at will or were herded by the