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Matthias Gusdal Family. Back Row, Left to Right: Philip, Marvin, Oswald, Ludwig, Arthur, Ernest, Gilbert. Front Row: Bertha, Petra, Mat­ thias, Emma, and Sylvie.

Arthur, born 1902. (refer to Gusdal, Arthur and Mary).

Ernest, born 1905. (refer to Gusdal, Ernest and Lillian).

Philip, born 1908. (refer to Gusdal, Philip and Adina). Gilbert, born 1911, the only one born in Canada. (refer to Gusdal, Gilbert and Agnes).

As Matthias grew older, his sons took over the farm work and the property finally became Philip's. He died in January, 1935. For a while Petra made her home on the farm, then in Erickson. Still an active woman, she next made her home with Marvin with her faithful Annie (Mrs. John Misanchuk) to help her. She remained there until unable to care for herself. Members of the family took turns caring for her, but most of her last years were spent in Philip's home where she died in 1960. She was a tolerant, kind and sociable woman who enjoyed having her family all come home for a Sunday afternoon or a gathering because "people from the States" were visiting. She often took herself visiting in the neigh­ bourhood, driving a pony hitched to a buggy or cutter.


The Bethel Mission Society appreciated her willing hands all her active years. Matthias and Petra are buried in the family plot in Bethel Cemetery.

There are now about 275 members in this family.


by the Family

Ludwig Benjamin, "L.B." eldest son of Matthias and Martha Gusdal was born in 1886 on a homestead at Benson, Minnesota, attended seminary at Willmar, Minnesota. But in May, 1905, driven by wanderlust, he bought a ticket on the Great Northern Railway and travelled to Winnipeg. From Winnipeg he took the Canadian Pacific train to Minnedosa. From there he and another young man, G.M. Strand, walked some twenty­ five miles to Danvers, where he filed on a homestead S.E. 24-18-19W and also purchased the adjoining quarter section N.E. 24-18-19W for $700.00 which had a log