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worked in Minnedosa as a dental assistant until her marriage to George Vandermeulen in 1954. They have four children. Randal George, born in 1956, living in Brandon, Manitoba. Larry Grant, born in 1957, living in Dallas, Texas. Janice Marie, born in 1960,living at Trail, British Columbia, and Sandra Joy, born in 1967, living in Souris with her parents.
Charles Franklin was born in 1936. He served in the R.C.A.F. for five years before his employment with the Manitoba Hydro, where he is still employed at the present time. He married Emelie Van Der Veen in 1969. They have one child, George Franklin, born in 1973. They are now residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Joyce Evelyne, born in 1939. Joyce took her Registered Nurse's training at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg and later received her Degree in Nursing at Rock Island, Illinois. She married Herbert Hartman in 1965. They resided in Anaheim, California, until her tragic death in 1966.
Madeline Carrol, born in 1940, taught school at Lake Audy before her marriage to Haven Harvey Brugger in 1959. They have two children, Kenneth Harvey, born in 1961, is at Bible school in Dallas, Texas. Brenda Lynn, born in 1963, graduating from Bible school in Dallas, Texas.
Gloria Jean was born in 1942. Gloria taught school at Lenore, Souris and Hartney where she met Howard Russell McBurney. They were married in 1966. They and their two children are living at Hartney, Manitoba. Leisa Dawn was born in 1970 and Sean Patrick was born in 1971.
After a lengthy illness, George passed away in the Erickson Hospital in December of 1980. Daisy continues to live in Erickson where she enjoys curling, bowling and visiting with her long-time friends. She is most active in community affairs and has received her Life Membership with the Women's Institute.
It was a pleasant experience living in the small town of Erickson where you knew everyone and everyone was a friend. For this reason, the Knight household was a very active place to be. With five children each about two years apart, our friendships included most of the children in the town. Consequently, when the long summer evenings came along, it seemed like most of the town young people came along to meet in our backyard to plan the evening's fun and entertainment - no one was ex cluded! One favourite was "Hit the Can", played especially towards dusk, as the person who was "It" could not see us as well when we scurried to hide under the huge rhubarb leaves, in the corn patch, in the tall grass beside the maple trees or possibly behind the old 'Outhouse' by the back lane. Of course, "Oyster Shells" was one game everyone in the neighbourhood would participate in as we took our teams winding in and out, circling vacant lots, up the streets and down the back lanes, calling directions in the evening air and of course racing for 'Home' using the shortest route possible through the neighbours' yards, through gardens, or down someone's driveway. Thank the Lord for understanding neighbours!
The fall of the year always seemed pleasant. After all the garden produce was picked, canned and stored away,
the windup came when the garden was cleaned and all the old dead vines, potato tops and dead corn stalks were piled high. Usually we waited until it was getting dark before a match was lit to the pile and we enjoyed wat ching the flames of this huge bonfire at the back of the garden. Many of the neighbours would join us in throwing potatoes into the fire to cook. When only the dying embers glowed against the evening sky, we dug out our potatoes, removed the charcoaled peelings and ate the delicious smoke flavoured potatoes covered with butter, salt and pepper - a royal treat fit for a king (or queen)!
Even the long winter days and evenings release fond memories of times we had at skating parties on the lake by Johnny Lee's farm, the curling bonspiels, the Winter Carnivals, and especially skiing and tobogganing at "The Island" or at times, at the Clear Lake Golf course - and the occasional skiing in the ditches holding onto a tow rope attached to a car! After coming in from the cold, everyone knew we could come home where Mom would have a huge pressure-cooker full of delicious homemade vegetable soup which would warm up our insides as we cuddled close to the stove in the kitchen or the oil-burner in the living room to warm up our frosted noses, our fingers and toes.
KOLABINSKI, JOHN AND LENA
by Helen Oshust
John was born April 14, 1897, at Nyrkow, Zalesczki, Poland. He immigrated to Canada and served in the Armed Forces during the First World War.
In 1921, he received a Soldiers Settlement Land Grant in N. II2 19-19-18W, part of it, later known as Sport sman's Park. He farmed, operated a sawmill and sold Raleigh and Watkins products.
In February, 1925, John married Lena Mudry of Sandy Lake. Lena had come to Canada in 1911 with her parents from Kudrenci, Poland. She received some schooling at Sandy Lake and was later employed at several farm homes in the Strathclair and Newdale districts.
Their first three children died in a tragic house fire, while their parents were in the barn loading pigs for market. Another three children died in infancy.
In 1935, John auctioned his cattle and machinery, and opened a butcher shop near where the present Hotel is located at Sandy Lake and also had a Case Implement Agency. The family remained on the farm N. 1/2 19-19- 18W.
By 1938, John returned to the farm and then to the Armed Forces during the Second World War. In 1944, he sold the farm and again moved to Sandy Lake, then in 1945, a farm at Ethelbert was purchased, where they remained until 1947-48 when he was a bookkeeper for Erickson Transfer and then to Harper Construction building elevators.
In 1950, they retired to Dauphin where John passed away on May 17, 1956. Over the years, John sang in the Jackfish Church Choir and was a member of the Clear Lake Legion No. 67.