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The Ted Challborn Family. Left to Right: Calvin, Ivy, Tracy, Ted, Rodney, Kate, Trudy and Betty.
Trapper Ted Challborn with a lynx.
Sask., and got married November 16, 1954. They moved back to the farm where they had six children. Trudy, born in 1955, married Clarence Ewasuik in 1976, and is now separated and living in Kamloops B.C. Ivy, born in 1956, married in 1980 to Gord Maximitch and lives in Winnipeg. Calvin, born in 1958, was retarded from birth and is living at the home for retardents in Portage la Prairie. Rodney, born in 1959, works in summer and is home during winter playing hockey and some curling. Betty, born in 1961, is now married to Randy Halliday and lives in Erickson. They have one son, Michael. Tracey, born in 1965, is at present attending Erickson Collegiate and will graduate in 1983 from Grade 12.
Ted and Katie lived on the farm until December 26, 1974, when they moved to town. Katie has been working
at Erickson Hospital since 1970. Ted works for farmers during the summer months and traps in winter and also does some fur buying.
Ted and Katie's children were all athletic, taking part in all sports. Tracey taught figure skating at Onanole for two years in 1979-81. Trudy held first place for fastest runner in track and field for two years. Rodney played ball and had Eric Coronbourogh for a coach. They entered a contest of running bases and Rodney took first in Manitoba. That won him a trip to Montreal to run bases in the stadium. He came in second for Canada.
CHAMBERS, THOMAS AND ETHEL
by Ethel Chambers
Thomas P. Chambers was born in Brandon in 1898, the son of a brick contractor who built several of the early brick buildings in Brandon and surrounding towns. One of these buildings was the Park School where Tom started to school. When Tom was about fifteen years of age his father bought a farm near Souris and eventually Tom and his parents moved there. His sisters being older were no longer at home. Tom tried to join the army when he was seventeen and we were in the midst of World War I. His father refused his permission. When he was eighteen, he did join the army and saw service in France. After he returned home in 1919, the family moved to a farm near Carievale, Saskatchewan, and Tom cared for his parents who were quite old by now until they passed away.
In 1937, he married Ethel Hodgson, a local school teacher and we moved to Erickson, Manitoba, the same fall. There were two reasons for coming here. One was the drought conditions of the 1930's and the other the fact he wished to be near his sister, Mrs. H.R. Davis of Brandon. He bought the farm of Wes Oleniuk which is N. W. 20-17 -18W. Two other neighbors at Carievale moved with us, Ludger Stovin and Joe Doyle.
Getting a new start is always difficult and you seem tested by misfortune and such was the case. I well remember the hail storm in 1938 which took a large part of the wheat crop the day before harvesting was to begin. But we were very happy to be where it was possible to grow a crop and have a good garden. I was new at planting a garden and followed instructions on the package with great care. The peas were not to be planted too close together. So I spaced them well apart. Cut worms like their share too and I wound up with very few plants that first year. After that I always planted some for the cutworms also. My education in gardening had begun. A sense of humor is a great help in times like these. But our shelves were always full of vegetables canned for winter and good meat helped out the food supply.
We continued to farm until the fall of 1942. Now it was World War II. Tom wished to enlist but was rejected due to a health problem. We had rented the farm and so he took work offered in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. He worked most of the time as a timekeeper at Port Edward, a United States base about thirteen miles from