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Ehk and Elisabet Hall Family. Back Row, Left to Right: Gunnar, Nellie, Edwin, Emma. Front Row: Erik, Anna, Algot, Bertha and Elisabet.
. at this time that the Bethel Lutheran Church was organized. They became members and remained active all their lives. Bertha and Emma were in the first con firmation class in September, 1907.
The next five years were spent on the homestead. These were busy years in the sawing industry, two seasons being spent in the timber reserve which is now the Riding Mountain National Park. In the late winter of 1913 they experienced the tragedy of having their home destroyed by fire. With plenty of lumber at hand and men to do the job, the shell of a new house was soon erected.
As well as being accustomed to working with timber in Sweden, Erik had learned the craft of stonemasonry and this gave him employment in the summer months building stone walls and foundations for houses and barns for such as Proven's and MacPherson's in the Clan william area and various farms locally. His partner in this work was Mr. N. Holm. When the park was developed many years later he built the first wishing well near the golf course.
In 1911, he purchased N.E. 19-18-18W in Danvers and a gradual move was made to what became their per manent home. Clearing, breaking land, sawing logs and beginning a new house led to the last move in the autumn of 1913. Through his farming years Erik also had his own steam threshing outfit and did custom threshing throughout the district. In 1937 they turned the farm over to their youngest son, Algot, and made their home with their daughter Anna, who was now widowed. Erik died there in 1938 living just long enough to see his first great grandchild, David Lee, born in May, and the first twins in the family, Janice and Joan, born in July to Edwin and Pearl.
Elisabet, like other women in the new land, had much to learn of new customs and foods, especially bread baking, but being capable and hard-working she became an excellent cook and farmwife. Her cows were her joy and she sold butter regularly, even having a private customer in Winnipeg to whom it was shipped in crocks. Her specialty became the brown whey cheese (mesost) for which she had several customers, a skill she passed on to the next generations. When widowed she spent some of her remaining years with her daughter, Bertha, shorter periods with others of her children, finally returning to Anna's home where she died in 1947. During these more leisurely years she enjoyed her hobbies of spinning, knitting and quilting.
Their family were:
Brita (Bertha), born 1892. (refer to Anderson, John and Bertha).
Emma, born 1893. (refer to Carlson, Henry and Emma).
Jonas, born 1895, died 1907.
Gunilla (Nellie), born 1897. (refer to Gusdal, Ludwig
Anna, born 1900. (refer to Gusdal, Oswald and Anna). Gunnar, born 1902. (refer to Hall, Gunnar and Anna). Edwin, born 1906. (refer to Hall, Edwin and Pearl). Algot, born 1909. (refer to Hall, Algot and Olga). Elsie, by adoption, born 1915. In 1922, they adopted a
young girl, Elsie, her mother having died. They provided her education in the public schools of Erickson and Minnedosa districts, and at Winnipeg Teachers' College. After teaching several years in Manitoba, Elsie was called to Ottawa in March, 1942, to enter the wartime civil service and later to transfer to the permanent federal