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Edwin Hall Family. Joan, Edwin, Pearl and Jan.

Saskatchewan, as house parents for the "Presbyterian Fellowship House", a home away from home for boys from the North attending school in Prince Albert. These were mostly Native students. Having suffered from a heart condition for several years, he passed away sud­ denly at his daughter Janice's home while holidaying there in the summer of 1969. He is buried in Bethel Cemetery.

Joan married Barry Elliott and they have five daughters; Dana, who passed away at the age of six years, Shelley, and Charlene, both working and living in Edmonton, Alberta, Joann and Penny, still at home attending school in Devon, Alberta.

Janice married Carlton Thomas and they had three children, Bradford and Barbara who are working, and Dean at home attending school. They live in Calgary, Alberta.

Pearl is now residing in Brandon, Manitoba.

Four Generation - Four Times - 1946. Back Row, Left to Right: Bertha Hall Anderson, Bernice Anderson Martin, Emma Hall Carlson, Nellie Hall Gusdal, Margaret Gusdal Halvarson, Anna Hall Gusdal. Front Row: Maureen Martin, Harriet Carlson Lee, Elizabeth Lee, Elisabet Hall (75 years of age), Martha Gusdal Neilson, Marlenne Neilson, and Myrna Halvarson.


by the Family

Algot and Olga were married in 1938. They farmed Algot's parents' home farm until 1972 when they retired and moved to Erickson. They have five children, Elgin, Dolores, Portia, Leona and Mervin.

After completing high school Elgin attended Camrose Lutheran Bible School for two years. He then moved to Fort Frances, Ontario, where he worked as an assistant pastor. While there he met and married Donna Claxton. They moved back to Erickson to the home farm in 1972 where he farms and is the pastor of the Onanole United Church. Donna is a nurse at the Sandy Lake Personal Care Home. They have two boys, Allan and Darren, who attend school in Erickson.

Dolores finished high school in Erickson and took her nurses' training in the St. Boniface Hospital. She worked as an RN in Erickson Hospital for a year. She then took two years of Bible School in Camrose, Alberta, in preparation for the Mission field. In 1967 she left for Papua, New Guinea, as a Missionary Nurse where she remains teaching nursing in Gaubin Health Center.

Portia trained in Brandon Mental Hospital as a Psychiatric Nurse and worked there for some time. Later she received her RN in Brandon General Hospital. She now teaches nursing at the Brandon Mental Hospital. She married Alfred Kruse and they live in Brandon. She is a busy mother with three children, Martin, Kathrine and Kristin. Alfred passed away in November 1983 at the age of thirty-six.

Leona decided to become a nurse as well. She trained at Victoria General in Winnipeg. On completion of her training she worked in the Erickson Hospital for one year. She went to Northern Alberta where she worked in Grande Cache. While there, she met Don Schaffer whom she married in 1972. They are now settled in Calgary and have three children, Brent, Myra and David.

Mervin, after attending high school in Erickson, worked in Co-op stores in Erickson and Gillam. In 1971, he married Debra McLaughlin. They have four children, Jennie, Bradley, Roberta, and Dianna. They now reside near Erickson on their farm.

Mervin, Leona, Portia, Delores, Elgin, Olga and Algot.