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We found the people of this district to be very friendly and we made many lasting friends. Many of the neigh bors helped us with our farming and getting the crops seeded that first year. I can remember on the long weekend in May that a number of our friends from the district we had lived in came to see our new farm. And that morning we had received three inches of snow which covered our crops which were around three inches high. But our friends still liked the beautiful rolling hills and tree covered countryside.
Sharon, our eldest daughter completed her grade twelve in Erickson, then took a business course in Dauphin where she met her husband. They now live in Kitchener, Ontario and have two children Michelle and Derek.
Nancy, also went to school in Erickson and belonged to the Horse Club. She went to work in Thompson and, now married, lives in Golden, B.C. They have two boys Kevin and Michael.
Ruth was a member of the Horse Club and also the Figure Skating Club and later taught figure skating while in school. She is now married and has a daughter Sarah.
Ross attended school in Erickson and played Hockey with the Erickson Team. He completed his schooling in Winnipeg where we moved after selling the farm. Ross is now working in electronics and is married. He still plays hockey, both summer and winter but only as a sport and not a profession.
Nothing very outstanding in any of our lives but the years we spent in Erickson were happy ones and we have many fond memories of events and friends.
by James Hannah
John Hannah, born at Dumfries, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland in 1877, moved to the Bethel district five miles north of Erickson from Rathwell, Manitoba in 1925 with his family of Bill, Jim and Isabel. The children attended school at Danvers, walking the 2 1/2 miles west with the Stone family and Hjelmeland girls. The farm was pur chased from Ethel Dewar and John lived here until 1936 when he moved to the Nedrob district until 1947. He retired from farming and moved to Oak River and lived with his son Jim until 1966. He was an avid gardener, however as his eyesight was failing badly, he moved to Lady Minto Nursing Home in Minnedosa. He died a year later at the age of 90.
John's family consisted of: Joseph Francis Hannah, born in 1909, deceased in 1958, married to Viola Smith, resided in Stony Creek, Ontario. Their children are Shirley, Joanne, Daly, Gary, Brenda, Terry, Judy and Wendy. Alexander Hannah, born 1911, deceased in 1961, married Mae Jolly, resided in Sioux Lookout, Ontario where he was mayor for 12 years. Their children are Donna, Beverly, and Gail. William John Hannah, born 1912, deceased in 1942, married to Thelma Huston, resided in Geraldton, Ontario. Their only child, Raymond, died at age 6. James Arthur Hannah, born 1913, married Ada Greenaway of Newdale, Manitoba in 1938 in Geraldton, Ontario. They have three children,
The John Hannah Family. Jim Jr., Barbara, Don, Jim Sr. and Ada.
Donald in Abbotsford, B.C., James Jr. in Winnipeg and Barbra in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. James retired from farming in the Oak River district in 1973 and presently resides in Brandon, Manitoba. Isabella McQueen Hannah, now Isabel Mclvlillionvborn in 1915, currently resides in San Francisco, California. Isabel had no children.
Jim fondly remembers his days at Danvers School where he and his brother and sister were the only students of British ancestry in the late 1920's. His teachers were Laura Patterson, Dora Patterson, Tryphena Coutts, and Leonard Neva. He attended school until 1930 when he left the district to go to work. He remembers when he and Hughie Stone gladly kept the woodpile clear of snow for a total of 25 cents for the winter. Jim would go to the school early to start the fire as he was one of the bigger students, or something. On a Saturday night, the Stone boys and he would walk to Erickson, pool their money to buy a basket of grapes and sit in the street and eat them. None of them could afford any more of a luxury. All social events were self-made by the community and the only means of transportation was walking. Jim remembers playing hooky from school on occasion to watch broncos being broken at the Baird ranch. Good times are remembered as are the long lasting relationships which developed during his teenage years in the Erickson district.
Jim went to work in some of the local sawmills in the Riding Mountain area when he left school. Then moved to Newdale and remained there for six years. As times were hard during this Depression period, he travelled on to the mines of Northern Ontario where work was plentiful and the money good. He joined the RCAF in 1941 and went through the ranks from AC2 to Flying Officer. He served in England, Africa, India, Burma, China, Ceylon and Singapore, accumulating 1272 hours flying time and eleven weeks at sea. Upon his return to Canada in 1946, he took up farming at Oak River. He was very active in community affairs and in such