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Evelyn Janette was born on February 10, 1936. She attended Tales school for the first nine years until the family moved to Erickson in 1951. There she continued through high school, graduating in 1953-54. One of the main highlights was being crowned Carnival Queen in 1953. Evelyn worked in the hardware store during her spare time. She was also active in the 4-H garden club. She was confirmed in Bethel Lutheran Church, where she was very active in the Luther League and became the church organist, a very demanding position because of the numerous musical groups that existed in the church at that time. Evelyn attended Manitoba Normal School, graduating in 1955. She taught in Brandon for four years, returned to the University of Manitoba to study Home Economics, then returned to teaching Home Economics in Portage la Prairie in 1964. After a brief four-month tour through Europe she received her Home Economics Degree in 1968, and went to Westlock, Alberta to become a District Home Economist. She went back to the classroom in Edmonton in 1974, took another break from teaching to work as a Social Worker with the Alberta Social Services in the area of Public Assistance, again returning to the classroom in 1978.
Norma Patricia was born on February 23, 1937. She attended Tales school for eight years and was active in the 4-H garden club. She was confirmed in the Bethel Lutheran Church and was active in the Luther League and choir. Norma took her nurse's training at St. Boniface Hospital, St. Boniface, Man., graduating as a Registered Nurse in January, 1960. She nursed in Erickson and Portage la Prairie and then moved to Brandon to work as a V.O.N. She then went on to get her Public Health Diploma at Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S., graduating in 1967. Norma went to Belleville to work with the V .O.~ where she met Roger Hamilton. They were married in 1971, and moved to Ameliasburg, where Norma works part time for the Home Care program in Belleville. They were blessed with five children - Leanne, Darrel, Heather, Laraine and one son, Dean, who died at the age of four in 1979.
Melford Irving was born on March 3, 1943. He grew up on the farm, attended Tales school for Grades one and two, then moved into Erickson in 1951, where he completed Grades three to twelve. He was active in the Bethel Luther League, singing in a quartet and the choir. While in school he participated in the Student Council activities, playing football, had a paper route and worked in his father's store, the Erickson Hardware. He received a B.Sc. in 1963 from Brandon College and M.Sc. in Nuclear Physics in 1969 from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. In 1970, he began work at the University of Manitoba Cyclotron Laboratory, a nuclear accelerator research facility, where he has remained to the present time, being actively involved with radiation safety and radioisotopes for medical use. Irving was married on November 4, 1972, to Lindsey Jackson of Winnipeg. They were blessed with two children - Deanne, born in 1975, and Jeffrey, born in 1977.
Karen Adina was born on November 3, 1946, and attended elementary and high school in Erickson. She attended Bethel Lutheran Church, where she was an organist as a teenager. Karen spent most of her time
pursuing her musical interests, playing the accordion, piano and organ. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandon College in 1968 and a Master of Social Work from the University of Manitoba in 1969. Karen married Jim Doak of Brandon in 1968 and continued to work as asocial worker in Winnipeg until she retired to raise her two children; Kristin, born in 1971, and Stephen, born in 1973. They now live in Markham, ant. Karen presently teaches piano lessons and does volunteer work, as well as a variety of crafts.
Philip Gusdal Family » 1979. Standing: Lindsay Gusdal, Jim Doak, Roger Hamilton. Seated: Irving Gusdal, Karen Doak, Adina and Philip, Evelyn Gusdal, Norma and Heather Hamilton. On Ground:
Stephen Doak, Jeffrey and Deanne Gusdai, Leanne Hamilton, Kristin Doak, Darrel Hamilton.
GUSDAL, GILBERT AND AGNES
Gilbert was born on S.E. 18-18-18W on November 8, 1911, to Matthias and Petra Gusdal. He was educated and confirmed at Danvers. On September 26, 1934, he married Agnes Thompson from Basswood. They had two children: Janice and Glenn. In 1937, they moved to Kelwood, Manitoba where they operated a General Store until 1947, when they moved to Brandon. Gilbert then worked for the T. Eaton Company until his retirement in 1972. He was active in baseball and curling until he retired. They now reside at Brandosa Beach, Minnedosa, and Weslaco, Texas.
Janice Marlene was born on July 5, 1936, on S.W. 19- 17-18W in the Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam. In 1937, she moved to Kelwood with her parents, then to Brandon in 1947. Janice was active in sports and music. She figure-skated at the opening of the Erickson Memorial Rink in 1953 and was the first Girl Guide in the City of Brandon to receive the Gold Card Award. Janice attended Brandon College, taking a teacher training course. While there, she met Ben Ward from Carberry, whom she later married. (refer to Ward, Ben and Janice).
Glenn was born July 15, 1938, at Kelwood, Manitoba.
He and his wife Florence are presently residing at