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Erick John and Ellida came to the Rural Municipality of Clan william and settled close to Erickson. John ap­ plied for a homestead on N.E. 20-17-18W on March 28, 1908, and fulfilled the necessary improvements to receive his patent on June 21, 1911. They farmed for many years, sold their farm and moved to town, where John operated the livery barn for Gust Bengtson. Later they moved to British Columbia and they have since passed away.

They had nine children, John, Gerda, Mable, Arvid, Walter, Hazel, Ruth, Vivian and Harry.


by the Family

John and Anna Forsman emigrated from Nora Vram, Sweden, in the late 1800's with their daughter, Minnie, and son, Rolf. They settled in the Scandinavia district on N.E. 7-18-17W. Their son Sture was born in 1903. They operated a General Store and Post Office there for quite a number of years. Friday night was "mail night" and everyone congregated at the Forsman Store. They could do their grocery shopping on the same trip, buying kerosene for their lamps and lanterns, etc. That was really a busy night. Anna was a shrewd little business woman so no one put anything over on her. The original building still remains, now owned by descendants of the Taylor family, and occupied by the Chatburn's. Anna's sister, Karna Jacobson, also made her home with them until she moved to Erickson.

John was the owner of the first automobile in the Scandinavia district. It created quite a stir among the people as well as the horses. Apparently they were scared to death of it. His second car was a "Grey Dort". By that time Sture was old enough to drive and pestered his parents to no end to be allowed to use the car. After the death of her husband Anna moved to Erickson where she resided with her son, Rolf, and family.

John and Anna Forsman and granddaughter Anne Oberg.

Minnie. (refer to Oberg, Ludwig and Minnie).

Rolf was a born blacksmith. As a young man he farmed as well as carrying on his trade. He married Emma Johnson in 1913, and they moved to Erickson in 1914. He set up his blacksmith shop, also making his own tools needed for his work. In 1937, he moved to Min­ ned os a and set up a shop there. He had also owned a garage in Erickson where the Co-op store is now located. His brother Sture worked with him. He also built what today is the Perky Pioneer Centre. It served as a silent movie theatre and was also used as a dance hall.

They had five children: Risie Hunter of Los Angeles, California; Clifford of Vancouver (now deceased); Arthur of Minnedosa (now deceased); Dennis of Boston Bar, B.C.; Laverne Bilton of Sudbury, Ontario.

Sture, the younger son was a born mechanic and a real tease. He married Ruth Thompson of Neepawa and settled there. He was employed at Murray's Garage for thirty-nine years. They had a family of four: Ron, Doug, Don and Mal/orie. They are all married and living in Neepawa, except Don who lives in Salmon Arm, B.C. Sture also had a daughter Lola (Mrs. Richard Ganzer) who lives in Elk Grove, a suburb of Chicago.

Sture and Ruth celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary just shortly before he passed away.

Emma and Rolf Forsman.


by Gunhild Bold

It was April, spring of 1927 when Gulbrand and Agnes Foseid along with three of their four children, Oddvar 12, Gunhild 8 and Ingrid 4, (a son Paul stayed behind with his grandparents), left Brandval, Norway where they were born. They set sail across the Atlantic on the S.S. "Stavangerfjord". With mixed emotions we got aboard the ship. Excited because we were going to another country, but sad because we were leaving our homeland,