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and they are presently in Erickson. She has two sons by a previous marriage; Dwain MacDonald married Diane Deeprose. They have a son, David Neil. They reside in Sardis, B.C. Gary MacDonald married Kimberley Klassen. They have two daughters, Robyn and Tracy. Gary and Kimberly reside in Calgary, Alberta.

Yvonne was born February 11, 1932 at Minnedosa and attended school at Minnedosa and Onanole. She worked at Ivor's Grill and later at the Royal Bank at Erickson. Yvonne married Ernest Ullberg. (refer to Ullberg, Ernest and Yvonne).

Irene was born September 4, 1938 at Minnedosa and attended school at Minnedosa, Onanole and Erickson. Irene was a member of the Erickson Figure Skating Club. Irene married Jim McCormick. Their children are Darren and Colleen. Irene, Jim and family reside in Winnipeg.


Walter, the eldest son of Richard and Margaret (Peer) Delmage, was born March 6, 1890, in Ontario. He came west at about ten years of age when his family joined others of the Delmage clan who were already settled in the Cameron District.

Walter farmed on section 31-15-18 in the Cameron District until some time following the close of World War II. While on the farm he ran a trapline in winter, and found curling to be a sport much to his liking. He donated the Delmage Shield, for competition each winter for the Erickson Ladies Curling Club.

When he moved to Erickson he lived at the Mike Skatch home and worked on the farm of Cliff Lundman stooking and threshing and at other busy times of the farm year.

Walter De/mage


Walter curled also at Erickson, and enjoyed the sport of hunting game, both feathered and furred. He developed a keen interest in the Amateur Programs that were held at Erickson, and even after he retired to the Personal Care Home in Minnedosa in 1975, he continued to listen in by radio and to support the effort of raising money for town organizations at Erickson.

This year 1983, finds Walter a sprightly 93 year old, still walking with the assistance of his cane, enjoying the bingo games, his radio and the weekly reading of the Minnedosa Tribune, where the Erickson news column is a "must" .


by the Family

Almon Canton, was born at Essex, Ontario. In 1912, he married Winnifred Margaret Meagan, who had just immigrated from Ireland. She had been booked to sail on the Titanic, but because of overbooking, she later sailed on the Grampian.

Almon and Winnifred came west to Neepawa and then to the Strathclair area where they farmed and Almon was a Butcher for the Beef Ring for several years. Later in the 1920's, they moved to Elphinstone, Manitoba, where Almon was again in the butchering business and com­ mercial trucking.

During he Second World War, he trucked timber from the German Prison Camp at White Water Lake in the Riding Mountain National Park. In 1950, Almon and Winnifred moved to the Rural Municipality of Clan­ william and then to Erickson.

Winnifred passed away in 1962, and Almon in 1969.

They are buried at the Erickson cemetery.

Almon and Winnifred had six children;

Archie, born in January, 1914, at Neepawa, received his education at Strathclair and Elphinstone. He worked in the family trucking business until he enlisted in the army during the Second World War. In 1950, Archie married Dora Dennis. He was a Park Ranger and later Warden at the Riding Mountain National Park, stationed at Vermillion River, Rossburn, Norgate and McKinnon Creek. Archie has since retired and they now reside at Riding Mountain, Manitoba. Archie and Dora have six sons; Nelson, Derek, David, Mark, Peter and Timothy.

Winnifred, born September 8, 1915, at Strathclair and attended school at Elphinstone. Winnifred married John Marcino. (refer to Marcino, Michael and Katherine).

Thomas Clancy, born at Strathclair, attended school at Elphinstone. He was in the General trucking business with his father and brothers. Tom enlisted in the army in the Second World War and while serving in England, he married Georgina White of England who was serving with the British forces. In the 1940's, after the war, they resided at Erickson for a short time. He was a Grain buyer for Patterson Elevators throughout south western Manitoba and later in the Well drilling business and school bus driver at Shoal Lake, Manitoba until retiring in 1983. Georgina worked at the Shoal Lake Hospital for twenty years. She passed away on April 6, 1982, and Tom continues to reside at Shoal Lake. Tom and Georgina had