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stove. After a short illness he died in October 1949 - some six weeks after his 100th birthday.
Emma - Refer to Turner, James. Ester - Refer to Nyquist, Axel.
KOPING, ARTHUR SYDNEY
by Art Koping
I'was born December 7, 1905, in my parents' home on N.E. 15-17-17W. Mrs. Booth, grandmother of my second wife, was the midwife on this momentous occasion. When I was only an infant my mother returned to her native Finland. With her were my brother, John, and I and there we both grew to manhood.
Our schooling was in the Swedish language in spite of the fact that Finland had been ruled by Russia since 1809. I remember that during World War I a Russian garrison was' stationed in our village and that they had a tower where they kept a lookout over the sea. Their beautiful gray horses impressed me as they patrolled the roads. I also remember the day that our teacher took the picture of Czar Nicholas off the classroom wall as well as the day, in 1919, when this Russian garrison capitulated to the Finnish Freedom Fighters.
When I was 20 years old, in 1926, I came home to my grandparents Koping, but after a year I went to New York City where my brother John was working for a maternal uncle who was a building contractor. It was from this uncle I learned my carpenter skills.
In 1930 I returned to Canada for keeps, working at whatever jobs were available, carpentry, painting, paper hanging, etc. I did log work in Riding Mountain National Park on both the superintendent's residence and the Clubhouse of the golf course.
In 1934, I built a house on land owned by John Larson, N.E. 30-17-17 and married Lillie Sundmark that fall. We had a son who died shortly after his birth in 1936.
Arthur and Mary Booth Koping,
In 1943, I was asked to buy the family homestead, probably because I was the only grandson with the Koping name. This I did, with the provision that the Turners were to live there as long as they wished. My aunt, Mrs. Turner, exercised this right each summer up to and including 1974, because she loved the old house and "the Bush".
When World War II came along jobs became plentiful so I began working for Harper Construction Company building homes for grain buyers through the length and breadth of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. This meant being away from home a great deal so I built a home in Erickson in 1948. This is on 4th Street South and I live here still.
Lillie died in February, 1970, and in November, 1973, I married Mary Booth, a nurse who had retired and returned to Erickson after working nearly 30 years in U.S.A.
I love fishing and have spent many happy hours on the lakes and along the rivers of Manitoba.
KORBERG, HJALMAR AND ELLEN
by Harry and Mabel Korberg
Hjalmar Gustav Korberg was born in Narke, Sweden July 23, 1876. Work in Sweden was scarce, so in March, 1905, he came to Canada, coming first to Minnedosa, Manitoba, where his Aunt Mrs. Zetterlund lived. Hjalmar was interested in acquiring land so he made a journey by wagon to his Uncle Frank Larson in Hilltop. He bought Provincial land N.W. 17-17-17W in 1906 getting the title in 1912.
Hjalmar was a stone mason. He worked around Minnedosa and district, also at railway building in Northern Ontario and at Durban, Manitoba lumber camp hauling logs.
In November 1912, Hjalmar married Elin Ullberg.
They raised five children, Harry, Mildred, Hilma, Alice and John. All attended Hilltop school No. 801, wor shipped in the Hilltop Baptist church and thought nothing of walking two and a half miles to Sunday School and services. The girls belonged to Willing Workers Club which was started by Mrs. Hans Skoglund. The fancy work was sold at bazaars and ice-cream socials. The mail was brought from Clanwilliam twice a week to Hillstrand's store and Post Office.
Hjalmar served on the Hilltop school board, Clan william Pool, Erickson Co-op and a local library. They enjoyed those early days swimming in "18" Lake, playing baseball with the neighbors and skating on the man-made rinks and lakes in the district. Each year the skating ended with a carnival with prizes to the best dressed and best skater. A highlight was to pack Sunday dinner and go to Clear Lake for the day. We also remember walking 1 1/2 miles on cold wintery days atop the snowdrifts to school. Hjalmar and Elin retired in 1946, moving to Erickson to their new home. Hjalmar passed away in February, 1955, and Elin, October, 1962. Harry farmed with his father. In 1939 and 40 he worked at Kippens Mill, then he worked on the road when it was built through the Park. (No. 19) He recalls one night