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The Gilbert Gusdal Family. Back Row, Left to Right: Ben Ward, Florence Gusdal, Tom and Tim Ward, Ken Gusdal, Trent and Kim Ward. Second Row: Terri-Lyn Ward, Warren Gusdal, Tracy Ward. Seated: Trisha and Janice Ward, Gilbert, Agnes, Glenn and Wendy Gusdal.
Uranium City, Saskatchewan. He is employed as a Stationary Engineer for Eldorado Mines and both he and Florence are active in the community. They have three children; Kenneth, Warren and Wendy who participate in hockey, skating and snowmobiling. As soon as the ice disappears off Lake Athabaska, Glenn launches the big boat which he built. The family spend their weekends at their cottage and enjoy fishing, swimming and water skiing. Glenn and family now reside at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where he commutes by company plane to Eldorado Mines at Key Lake, Saskatchewan.
GUSTAFSON, ALFRED AND AMALIA
by Bert and Harold
Alfred, was born July 6, IS64, in Stockholm, Sweden.
He immigrated to Canada, arriving in the Minnedosa area in IS90, where he worked for several farmers until he was able to purchase a farm of his own.
Alfred married Amalia Eng, born in Norway in IS73.
They then purchased a homestead, S.E. IS-17-1SW in the Westmount district of the Rural Municipality of Clan william. They had applied for the homestead on March 14, 1907, and received the title on December 10, 1910. Alfred and Amalia had also purchased S. W. 5-1S-17W where they lived for some time. This quarter of land was previously owned by the Manitoba North West Railway and then by Richard Seeman.
By 1909, Alfred and Amalia had a family of five children; Ernest, Bert, Hilda, Louis and Harold. Amalia, a frail woman, had been in poor health for some time, she passed away on January 6, 1912, and son Louis passed away shortly after. Alfred hired a housekeeper to care for the children but it wasn't the same as having their real mother.
In 1920, Alfred sold S.W. 5-1S-17W to Mike Marcino but retained the homestead. In 1921, Alfred and the four
children moved to the Smoland district south of Min nedosa where he purchased S.W. 20-14-ISW and farmed with the help of his sons.
In 1935, Alfred retired to Minnedosa, where he resided until his death on August 26, 1941. Alfred and Amalia were buried at the Clan william cemetery, north of the townsite.
They were blessed with five children:
Ernest Gustav, born August 6, 1901, on his parents' farm. He attended Crocus Hill school and later helped on the family farm in the Smoland district. In 1935, Ernest purchased the W. 1/2 33-1S-1SW in the Bethel district, which he farmed until he retired to Erickson in 1972. Ernest never married. He passed away July 27, 1976, and was buried at the Clan william cemetery.
Bert, born April 26, 1903, on S.W. 5-1S-17W. (refer to Gustafson, Bert and Gudrun).
Hilda Josephine, born February 15, 1905, on her parents' farm in the Westmount district and attended Crocus Hill school. She married Ernest Strahl, a farmer in the Smoland district. They remained on the farm until 1960, when they retired to Brandon, Manitoba. Hilda and Ernest had two sons; Russell and Garnet and three daughters, Catherine, Joan and Margaret. Ernest passed away August 4, 1967. Hilda resides in Brandon.
Louis F, born in 1907, on the family farm in the Westmount district. He passed away February 26, 1912, shortly after his mother's death.
Harold Gustav, born June 30, 1905, on the homestead and attended Crocus Hill school until moving to the Smoland district in 1921, where he attended Willow Grove school. He later worked on the family farm with his father and brothers. In 1932, Harold married Irene Millard. In 1921, Irene had immigrated to Canada from London, England, with her widowed mother, Hannah Millard. Harold and Irene, rented land and farmed in the Smoland district for four years. In 1936, they purchased and moved to S.E. 1O-19-1SW in the Local Government District of Park, east of Onanole, where they have remained along with their son Don. Harold and Irene have four children: Harold, Donald, Shirley and Eric.
Harold Alfred "Harley", born April 19, 1933, at Minnedosa. He attended school at Whirlpool, Onanole and Erickson high school. Harold married Janet Simpson of Winnipeg. He is employed with the Manitoba Hydro at Selkirk, Manitoba. Their three children are: Cheryl, Bruce and Nancy. The family reside in Winnipeg.
Donald Norman "Don", born April 22, 1936, at Minnedosa. He attended school at Whirlpool, Onanole and Erickson high school. He taught school for a year and then chose to farm with his father. Don purchased W. 1/2 33-1S-1SW, previously owned by his uncle Ernest. Don, remained single, resides with his parents and enjoys sports. He curls and plays baseball.
Shirley Anne, born April 10, 1943, at Minnedosa. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from the General Hospital, Winnipeg. Shirley married John English of Rapid City. Shirley and John and their three children; Deborah, Shari and Derek reside at Carberry, Manitoba. John is employed by Carnation Foods and Shirley is the Director of Nursing at the local hospital.
Eric Stephen, born September 12. 1945, at Minnedosa.