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by Ken Hall

Newman Hall and Mary Vance were born and raised in Lambton County, Ontario. They were married in 1893. After farming there for a few years they moved to Saskatchewan in 1905 where they farmed until 1923. They spent the next five years in B.C. near Prince George. They returned to Saskatchewan in 1928 and farmed there until 1931. Owing to the depression and drought, they moved to a farm at Rapid City and farmed until 1935 when they moved to Erickson where Mr. Hall was employed by Lake-Lands Creamery until he passed away in 1937. Mrs. Hall lived in Erickson for several years, later making her home with her daughter, Dorothy Bruce, in Winnipeg. She passed away July, 1958.

Newman and Mary Hall Sr. had three children. Ruth the elder daughter was born in Southern Ontario. She accompanied her parents to Saskatchewan in 1905. She was educated in Saskatchewan and taught school in that province for several years. Later she took a course in stenography and worked in a Winnipeg office until she married Dawson MacKay (refer to McKay, Dawson).

Kenneth the second oldest was born in Ontario November 14, 1903. Previous to coming to Erickson Ken lived and worked with his parents. In 1935, he married Elizabeth Spence at Rapid City. After settling in Erickson he was employed by Lake-Lands Creamery. In 1940, the Co-op Store opened with Ken as manager. In 1947, he resigned as Co-op manager and he and his family moved to Glenboro. He worked in the electrical trade with Newton's Electric. In 1950, he returned to Erickson and established an electrical business which he managed until 1978, turning the business over to his son, Newman.

Elizabeth Spence was born in Co Tyrone, N.I. In 1927 she came to Canada. In 1952 she went to Winnipeg and took a hairdressing course and in 1953 she opened a beauty shop in Erickson and operated it until retiring. Ken and Elizabeth are still residing in Erickson. Mr. and Mrs. Hall have four sons, Don, Newman, Glen and Jim.

Don Hall was born in Erickson, Manitoba in 1937, and received his education in Erickson and Glenboro. He joined the Navy in 1955 and took his basic training in Cornwallis, N.S., and was posted for the next five years at Esquimalt, B.C. He left the Navy and lived in Erickson from 1960 to 1964, during that time he married Donna Johnson of Erickson where their two sons were born, Derrik and Kenneth. In 1964, he rejoined the Navy and was posted C.F.B. Halifax, N.S. In 1965, their daughter Dawn E. was born. Later Don and Donna were divorced. Don got custody of the children, he later married Jean Cloney of Halifax and at present they make their home in Dartmouth, N.S.

Newman Hall Jr. was born in 1939 in Erickson, Manitoba. He was educated in Erickson. After his schooling, he worked with his father for several years as an apprentice electrician and now holds a journeyman's licence. He took over the electrical business when his father retired in 1978.

Glen Hall was born in Erickson in 1942. He received his public school education in Erickson and attended Brandon University. Later he taught school in Manitoba


and was employed by the A.E.S. and worked at various weather stations throughout the Arctic. During his stay in the Arctic he met his future wife, Kathleen Bowcock, from New Zealand. They were married in 1979 and moved to New Zealand where their daughter Alison was born in 1982.

Jim Hall was born in 1945 in Erickson, Manitoba.

After graduating from Erickson Collegiate, he was employed by the Manitoba Hydro and worked in various points in southern Manitoba. While working in Swan River, he met Lynn Foster whom he later married. After living in Neepawa for several years, he was transferred to Swan River where they now make their home with their two children, Jocelyn and Christopher.

Dorothy, the youngest was born in Saskatchewan. In 1922 she went to Winnipeg and took a business course and was later employed by Leonard and McLaughlin Motors of Winnipeg. During her stay in Winnipeg, she met Peter Bruce, her future husband. (refer to Bruce, Peter.)


Nils was born in Sonna Varmeland, Sweden, on April 16, 1860. He married Carolina Nillson who was born in Helsingland, Sweden, on August 17, 1867.

Nils, along with his eldest son, Otto Emmanual, im­ migrated to Canada in 1902, leaving behind his wife, two daughters and two sons. On arrival in Winnipeg they were advised to go to the Smoland district where a colony of Scandinavians had already been established. There they were offered shelter until they could find em­ ployment.

Nils was a Master Tailor, having learned his trade in Sweden. With this knowledge he soon found employment with a Mr. Patterson, who owned a tailor shop in Minnedosa. Before this employment with Mr. Patterson he would move from household to household, sewing clothes for the families in lieu of room and board. One amusing story told by a member of such a family goes like this - "Father would go into Minnedosa, bring home Halvarson along with a big bolt of material. Needless to say, everyone knew who belonged to whom, because their clothes were all sewn from the same bolt of material". All his sewing at this time, and for many years to come, was done by hand. He also made his own patterns. Many a young man sported his first long pants sewn by the nimble fingers of "Skradare Halvarson".

Carolina came to Canada in 1903 with her four children. Ellen, Signe, David and John soon adapted themselves to their new way of life. Their closest neighbors were Bergesons, Oleniuks and the natives on the adjoining reservation, each with their own language and culture. Communication was difficult, but a friendship grew that was to remain a lifetime. Ernest and Axel Jacobson, as very young lads, lived with the Halvarsons for a few years. Carolina is remembered as a petite, patient person with a ready smile and a quick step.

There were several moves after leaving their first home on 32-17-18W. In 1905, Nils applied for a homestead,