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N.E. Holm Family. Left to Right: Edith, Nels, Eugene, Martha and Ottilia.
nice home, stable and granary, established two miles of fencing, broken 19 acres of land and cropped 11 of these acres. Subsequently, the Letters patent were received for the homestead on November 2S, 1910.
Being a skilled carpenter and bricklayer, Mr. Holm was away much of the time, but his love of the outdoors with its hunting, trapping and fishing eventually labelled him in later years as "Trapper" Holm. Both Mr. and Mrs. Holm loved to entertain so there was always coffee on the stove for any company. They always had time for family and church. It was on October 4, 1910, that they were blessed with their third and last child, Edith Marie.
Their family life was like that of many other folks.
Mrs. Holm, being a good housekeeper, made sure that the children kept their rooms and themselves tidy. The meals were always tasty and they never lacked for food. Mr. Holm saw to that, as much of their meat was venison and fish. In the spring, the men would go to Clear Lake and get a load of fish, clean and salt them down in barrels and divide them among the families. Their neighbours, Carl Gronlund, Mrs. Holm's brother, and Eric Hall and their families lived just across the fence from each other, which led to close and lifetime friendships.
Ottilia (Tilly), their oldest daughter married Rev.
Daniel Ericson from the Smoland district south of Minnedosa on Jahuary 6, 1915. The ministry took them to many parts of Canada and they were blessed with nine children - Winona Mathilda, Ruth Martha, Helen Olive Esther, Leslie Theodore Daniel, Evangeline Ottilia, Clara Edith, Lillian Marie, Eunice Irene and David Nathanial. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ericson are now deceased, but their large family has spread far and wide, sharing the legacy of their faith in the Lord.
Edith Marie married Gosta Stenberg and they had four children; Denis Eldon, Eva Dolores, Ruth Marilyn and Gerald Eugen. While living on N.E. 24-1S-1SW their home was struck by lightning during a summer storm. They later moved to Nelson, B.C. where they now live in retirement.
HOLM, EUGENE AND RUTH
by the family
Oloj Nicholas Eugene, Eugene's father, Nils, did much to influence the type of life his son was to lead; ad venturous, challenging and wholesome. Besides working on the family homestead, Eugene spent much of his time hunting and trapping. This eventually led to his part nership in 1913, with the late John Anderson of Erickson to commercially trap furs in what is now known as Riding Mountain National Park. From 1916 to 1915, Mr. Holm ventured further afield. Sigvald Nelson appealed to him to become his trapping partner in Northern Saskat chewan. They went to Prince Albert, Lac la Ronge, Ile-a la-Crosse and by canoe into the Churchill River and the Mudjatik River. In 1915, during this adventure, his father and his brother-in-law, Rev. Dan Ericson, joined them. They often ate fish three times a day and later tried porcupine and fox. In 1919, he met Ruth Tjader from the Smoland district, the oldest daughter of the later Mr. and Mrs. Arvid Tjader, who had come from Sweden to Kansas and in 1921, to Scandinavia. Ruth and Eugene were married on July 14, 1921.
Eugene purchased N.E. 24-1S-1SW, the homestead of his uncle, Carl Gronlund. On this property, besides mixed farming, he started a new phase of his life with the establishment of the Scandinavia Fur Farms Limited, which was one in a series to give Erickson the one-time title "Manitoba's Fur Farming Centre".
During the great depression, the bottom dropped out of the fur market so Eugene, even though continuing in the fur farming business, took time to do some prospecting. He staked ten claims in the Dog Paw Lake area of Northwestern Ontario, but all development was halted with the outbreak of World War II. His partner joined the army and while Eugene was constructing essential war buildings, it seems that his share in the claims was sold, thus ending his prospecting career.
This man of many careers in 1944, accepted the position of Manager of the National Mink and Fox Farm in Old Kildonan. In 1946, he resigned to become a dealer for J .R. Watkins products in the Erickson district. He moved to Clanwilliam in 1949, and to Minnedosa in 1967, continuing with his dealership until his retirement at age SO.
Through all the years his wife, Ruth, with her love and support was, and continues today, to be the pillar of the family. They had six children; Ruby Evangeline, Margaret Adelia, Olof Walter Emanuel, Lennart Eugene, Carl Leo and Linda Marie.
Ruby Evangeline, born March 2S, 1922 on N.E. 24-1S IS, eldest daughter of the O.N.E. Holm family, received her education at Nedrob school. She married Cecil Nylen in 1940, bought the farm 24-1S-1SW and farmed for 11 years. They had a family of six; Carol, Glenn, Donald, David, Terrance and Richard. They moved to Minnedosa in 1955, where Cecil worked on building construction. Carol married Milton Campbell in 1964. He was an electrician and worked at the Riding Mountain National Park. They made their home in Onanole and had two children; Scott and Nicole. Milt passed away in 1977, and Carol now resides in Minnedosa with her two children.