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Our girls married. Eileen, married to John Maxim, lives in Winnipeg as do two of her children. A son lives in Langley, B.C. Eidlyn married John Korberg and they live in Armstrong, B.C. Their sons live in Vernon, B.C. and their daughter lives in Vancouver. (refer to Korberg, Hjalmar and Ellen). Eireene married Glen Brown and lives in Maple Ridge, B.C. Glen died in 1979. Their oldest daughter lives in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. The other three children live in Mission-Haney area.

Oscar was born in 1897. He married Jessie Stone in 1829. He worked as a carpenter while they lived in Erickson and Flin Flon. They now reside in Maple Ridge, B.C. They have no children.

Edwin was born in 1901 and married Niami Hem­ mingson. They had 5 children; Vivian, Walter, James, Audrey and Wilfred. After Niamis' death, Edwin remarried. They live in Burnaby, B.C.

Emmanuel was born in 1904. He died in infancy and is buried in Scandinavia cemetery.


Joe and Annie immigrated to Canada from the Western Ukraine, coming to Toronto, Ontario. Later they moved to Erickson and lived on N.W. 20-17-18W, the Roman Olennik farm.

They moved to Alfred Gustafson's farm on S.E. 5-17- 18W, where Joe worked as a farm hand and Annie was housekeeper. They had four children at that time. They then moved to SW 18-17-18W and farmed for several years. Several more children were born there. Some of these children attended Westmount school. They then returned to live in Toronto, Ontario.

Tom, was born in 1870, in the Western Ukraine, a brother of Joe Elchyshyn. He immigrated to Canada in the early 1900's. He worked at various jobs and on a construction gang in Saskatchewan. He took care of all the horses. Later coming to Erickson he worked for many farmers, Arvid Ullberg, Tom Mcinnes, Peter Warwaruk, Ernest Lofgren and others. He passed away in 1952, and is buried in the Catholic cemetery in Erickson.


by Joyce Johnson

Arthur "Art" was born 1899, in Oak River, Manitoba.

His father Joseph and mother Hannah farmed in this area. He had three sisters and five brothers all deceased except one sister, Doris Czuti and one brother, Stanley, living in B.c. Art went to school in Oak River and in 1916, he joined the army. He served with the 226th Battalion in France and Belgium. He was discharged in 1919, medically unfit because of wounds received in combat. After this he travelled across Manitoba and parts of Ontario, mostly by hopping freight cars, as money was scarce. He worked in logging camps in Ontario. In Manitoba he worked as a steam engine operator and as a farmer's hired man at different farms through Cardale, Moline, Justice and Moore park. There


The Art English family. Back Row: Joyce, Stanley. Seated: Mary, Arthur.

were a great many comical plus sad experiences spoken of happening through these years. Art loved sports and played mainly baseball whenever there was a team.

In 1926, Art moved to the Whirlpool district and took up homesteading through the Veterans Land Act. His brothers Joe, Bill and Victor lived in these parts of the country at this time. Joe married Mary Stone of Bethel, Manitoba, Bill married Annie Bassaraba and Victor went to B.C. and married there. Joe had four sons and Bill had one son and they also moved to B.C. a few years later.

Art married Mary Townley in February 1936, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They spoke of it as being very cold this particular year. Mary was born in Manchester, England, in 1898. She came to Canada in 1907, along with her father John, her mother Mary, two sisters and one brother. Three brothers remained in England. The trip from England to Canada took nine days. They took up residence in Brandon. Mary's mother passed away 1909. Mary lived with her father taking care of him and the house. When she was old enough, she worked at the 15~ Store in Brandon, later known as Woolworths. After leaving the store Mary helped her two sisters, who were both married, with their small children. She also helped with the household and outside chores. Mary moved to the Bethel District in 1932, along with her father. There she took over the Bethel Store and Post Office. Many times she spoke of people buying 5~ worth of coffee, tea or sugar and quite often her customers asked that this be charged. Mary often helped haul loads of pulp wood into