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The Pax Crawley family. Back Row, Left to Right: Harry, Carolyn, Douglas and Don. Centre Row: Jane, Garry, Rosemary and Gwen. Front Row: Heather, Edith, Pax, Donna and unidentified child.

Mary attended high school in Clanwilliam, Normal School, taught for some time at Hazelwood, married Nathan Clarke, lived at Gillam and Dauphin. Now a widow, she lives with Roger on the home farm. She had four children: Ethel married Del Langford. They live in Calgary, have four children - Eileen, Gladys, Robert, Karen. (Eileen has four children.) Antony (Tony) married Gwen Norsworthy, died in construction accident at Assiniboia Downs racetrack, Winnipeg, in 1957. Frances married John Gingles, graduated as R.N. from Grace Hospital, worked in Minnedosa Hospital for several years, while John operated a T.V. sales and repair business. Later she moved to Dauphin. After John's death Frances married William Sharman, of Calgary. Frances and John Gingles had four children, Kenneth, Gordon, Allan, Brenda. Isabel married Michael Murphy, R.C.M.P., lived in Dartmouth and Ottawa. They have three children, Jim, Billy, Laura.

Richard (Dick) lived at home and operated the farm with Roger until 1941, enlisted with XII Manitoba Dragoons, served in England and Europe until 1946. Married Donelda (Donnie) Keating from Silverton, and continued farming until 1981. Dick served on the board of directors of Minnedosa Consumers Co-operative Ass'n. for 27 years, 13 as president. Donnie worked for Eaton's and for Buck Campbell Bardsley. Dick is presently organist for St. Mark's Anglican Church. They have three children, all of whom attended school in Minnedosa. Linda, studied Interior Design at U. of M., operates her own graphic arts enterprise in Toronto. Glen, worked as a lineman for Manitoba Hydro until 1981, when he took over the home farm, the third generation to do so. He married Anette Quirk, from North Sidney, Nova Scotia, a teacher in Minnedosa

Collegiate. Bruce, graduate of U. of M. in engineering. presently employed by Trane Corp. in Calgary.

The children, grandchildren, great- and great-great­ grandchildren of John and Ethel Crawley, counting their spouses, now number 66. Although they are scattered widely across the country, and many of them have no connection with Minnedosa, most of them come back from time to time, and feel that they have roots in the community where the family had its beginning.


by Gladys Cumming

W.C. Chap, son of Mrs. Neil McKinnon and wife Gladys, settled in Erickson in 1933. He was a carpenter by trade, working on some of the cottages at Clear Lake. There were four of a family, Allan, Garth, Bill and Belva. The boys received some of their education in Erickson. After 14 years building around the district, we moved to Brandon in May, 1947, where Chap started in the construction business for himself. After the boys finished their education, they worked for their Dad. Allan died in 1970 leaving his wife Mary and five of a family Cheryl, Deb, Rick and Randy (twins) and Linda.

Garth and June had two children, Kristen and Chad.

Bill and Gloria have three children, Carrie, David and Ron. Belva and her husband Clarence have two children, Jon and Jodi. Chap died in 1974. Garth and Bill have carried on the business of construction, cement work and paving. Clarence works for the Wheat City Concrete.


by Isla Cutter

We came to Erickson January 4, 1947, from Brandon with three of our family May, Betty and Johnny, our oldest daughter Josie remained in Brandon. Jack and I had two more children while at Erickson, Barry in 1948 and Wilma in 1950.

Jack and his partner, Trevor John, operated a John Deere implement dealership. That partnership broke up and later the dealership closed. Jack was then employed at the Erickson Hospital.

Jack was active in the community, first serving on the school board, then as a councillor for the Village from 1953 to 1958. He served as Mayor from 1959 to 1966. Jack was also interested in local sports and managed the men's hockey team for a time.

I am an active member of the Erickson Hospital Aid and a life member of the Erickson Legion Auxiliary.

Jack and I celebrated our fiftieth anniversary on May 11,1978.

Two of our six children, John and Wilma (Jacobson), remain in Erickson. Josie (Pilchar) lives in Brandon, May (Scott) at Neepawa, Betty (Erickson) in Melita and son Barry at Hinton, Alberta. We have eighteen grand­ children and eleven great-grandchildren.