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Henry and Emma Carlson - 1942. Walter, Harriet, Ernest, Gordon, Emma and Robert.


Henry was one of the early pupils in the Scandinavia School, and was always pleased with having helped plant the spruce trees in the yard there. Education wasn't considered of prime importance, so Grade 3 was about his level when his school days were over, though some of his text books, e.g., a geography, indicate some higher learning. He had first homesteaded the S. W. of 30-18- 17W in the Nedrob district, which he sold to a machine company in Minnedosa for equipment when he moved to the N. W. of 19-18-18 in Danvers, which he purchased in 1913. This was originally railroad land, but had been purchased by C. Weltzin, Minnesota, U.S.A., apparently as an investment, as no one but Carlsons' have ever resided on this farm. As an employee at Hall's sawmill for several seasons, he met and won their second daughter, Emma, as his wife, and they were married in 1914. They settled on the raw new land where he lived


until his death in 1966. He was always a man content within his own home, but served on the Tales School board for 20 years, being the secretary-treasurer most of that time.

Emma, who had come from Sweden as a child of ten (see Hall-Erik and Elisabet) had only a few weeks in school in Canada, and not very productive ones as she knew no English. Until her marriage, she worked out as a housemaid when she could be spared from home, one of the more interesting positions being a year with the Stephen Clement family in Brandon. She spent a con­ siderable part of her youth cooking for the gangs in her father's sawmill, a demanding task for a young girl. She was a true helpmate in her new home, exercising many skills to make ends meet where it often took considerable stretching to make that possible. All six children were born at home, only the youngest with a doctor in at­ tendance.

The first home had one room downstairs and one up.