This page is a text version of the Forest to Field History Book. You can purchase a PDF copy of the book in our online store. The PDF copy is an exact page by page representation of the original book. This text version has been reformated for the web and contains text recognition mistakes. These mistakes do not appear in the purchased version. The purchased version also includes each image in the original book.

Page Index of Forest to Field Volume One

Previous - Page 326 or Next - Page 328

born daughter Shirley.

Fred was a very avid hunter, so they always had meat of some kind on the table.

Elsie talks about the time when, early one morning, she was bathing their son Vernon and saw this blur go past the kitchen window. She ran to the window and looked out. There was Fred on horseback, after an elk that he chased right home to the yard and shot it just as it went to jump the fence. Now that's what you call bringing home the bacon. (Venison in this case).

Later in the afternoon the Ranger who was Jack Thompson at the time and a good friend of Fred's, just happened to pay him a social call. Fred being an ex­ perienced man at this type of adventure, needless to say, there was nothing to be found amiss in the Christopherson yard of the earlier happenings of the day, but I don't imagine the ranger was asked to supper "that" night.

After a few years Fred's father was getting beyond his age to be able to keep up the old homestead so Fred built a house in the same yard as his father's, moved his family back to the homestead and took over the farm for his dad. Fred did most of his farming with horses for quite a few years, so in 1954 he was certainly a happy man to find himself financially fixed to go out and buy himself a brand new John Deere A.R. tractor, the first new tractor he'd ever owned. Fred used to do custom threshing for nearby neighbours, usually leaving his own till last and, a few years, bad weather would be on him before he finished his own harvesting.

Fred hauled the Royal Mail for years from Clanwilliam to Scandinavia. Many a times roads were so poor, he couldn't make the trip with his Model A, he'd have to take the team of horses.

Leona, Vernon, Elsie, Albert, Fred, Joyce, and Shirley Christopherson.

Fred also had a sawmill on the homestead and would saw logs for people as far as Crawford Park to south of Minnedosa.

It was always a busy exciting time when the old sawmill would start up in the spring, the whir of the saw blades and the smell of fresh sawdust and lumber in the air. Elsie would put meal after meal of taste tempting dishes on the table for the hungry sawers with never a complaint.

In some ways, Fred seemed to follow in his father's footsteps. He was also a trustee for the Scandinavia School District. In 1949, he was elected Councillor for the Clanwilliam Municipality. Then in 1954, was elected Reeve and held that office until 1961. A few years after the death of his father, Fred decided to sell the old homestead. In 1957, he purchased a farm in the Lund District the N. 1/2 4-17-17W where he farmed until 1965. He then sold the farm to his youngest son, Albert.

Fred and Elsie then semi-retired in Clanwilliam till 1972. They then bought a house in Minnedosa and lived there until his death on September 5, 1980.

Fred and Elsie had a family of five children, Shirley, Joyce, Vernon, Albert and Leona.

They all had their earlier years of schooling at the Red schoolhouse in Scandinavia, too. Shirley was born October 13, 1934, and married Clifford Lundman and they farmed on the south side of Otter Lake N.E. 26-17- 18W (refer to Clifford Lundman).

Joyce was born March 18, 1936. She lives in Burns Lake, B.C. She married Art Mercer from B.C. They have one daugher Cindy. Joyce has another daugher, the oldest, Sherrilu and two sons Shane and Jeff from a former marriage. Sherrilu married Don Frizzle and they reside in Ottawa and have one son, Tim.

Vernon was born March 9, 1938. He lived in B.C. for a number of years but now resides in Brandon. Vernon has three sons, Daryle, Chris and Scott from a former marriage and they live in Nakusp, B.C. with their mother.

Albert was born on February 9, 1944. He married Judy Hopkins, they farmed the N. 1/2 of S. 4-17 -17W, the farm he purchased from his dad until they bought and moved to the farm three miles east of Minnedosa N.E.S. 32-14-17W where they now reside. They have three children, Tracy, Dexter and Robyn. They also have two foster sons, Leonard and John Fournie. Leonard passed away in 1981 at the age of 22.

Leona was born August 24, 1945. She married Don Gray from B.C. and lived in Nakusp, B.C. for six years. They had one daughter Tammy. In 1968, Leona's husband Don passed away. Leona then moved back to Clanwilliam, Manitoba, and in 1970 married Monty Johnson. They have two more daughters now, Crystal and Nancy.

At Fred and Elsie's place there always seemed to be, room for one more and they did enjoy children. After their children started growing up and leaving home, they took in twelve foster children over a number of years and raised them for different periods of time.

After Fred's death in 1980, Elsie sold their home in Minnedosa, purchased a trailer and moved back to Clanwilliam where she lives now, just next door to her daughter Leona.

327