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The Theodore Lee Family - 1934. Back Row, Left to Right: Ervin, John, Merrill, Martha, Levi, Wallace. Front Row: Thelma, Theodore, Emma and Aileen.
passed away in July, 1941. His was the first grave in the family plot in the Bethel Cemetery.
Merrill, born 1913, remained at home working on the farm after completing Grade XI in 1931. In the spring of 1936 with his friends, Ludwig and Harold Paulsen, he went to Flin Flon. There he worked for the Hudson's Bay Mining and Smelting Co. until he enlisted in the navy in 1941 in World War II. He served on both the west and east coasts and in the Atlantic on the H.M.C.S. Medicine Hat on convoy duty. After the war he began construction work as a carpenter. Having liked the climate of Victoria he decided to settle there. In 1949 he married Adeline Ashley of Reston, Man. and they built their home in Victoria where they still reside. Following an injury which kept Merrill inactive for some time, he took a steam engineering course and was hired by the Veteran's Hospital in Victoria. He is now retired. They have one son, Graham, and he and his wife Suzanne have three children, also residing in Victoria. Graham won several trophies as a soccer player and still enjoys this sport.
Martha, born 1915, remained at home to help her mother until her marriage to Clarence Erdahl of Don nelly, Minn. in 1939. Thus she moved to the original community of the Lee family, where they have farmed continuously until recently. The land is now rented to a nephew and they continue to live in their home there. They have one adopted daughter Sharon, Mrs. Kim Schonteich, and they live with their two children in Colorado. Sharon has a Home Economics degree from
the University of North Dakota and Kim is a computer data processor.
Levi, born 1917. (refer to Lee, Levi and Eileen). Wallace, born 1919, completed high school in Erickson and was home for a time before enrolling in the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Manitoba. During this time he was a member of the Erickson Seed Club. He and Everett Rognan won a trip to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto one year and placed second in Canada in the judging competitions. After two years in active army service he returned to the University, graduating in 1947. In 1943 he married Gwen Mitchell from Pilot Mound, Man. whom he met through Club contacts. Wallace was appointed Agricultural Representative to the Boissevain area and later to Neepawa. While there he was in the forefront in promoting the watershed conservation district to deal with excessive run-off of water from the Riding Mountain. Leaving the Department of Agriculture, he moved with his family to southeast Saskatchewan where he worked for a few years with the Federal Department of Indian Affairs. In 1970, he became the Agricultural Representative in the Rosetown, Sask. district where he remained until retiring in 1982. He and Gwen now live in Winnipeg in semi-retirement. They have five children: Wayne in Winnipeg, Bruce in Portage la Prairie, Gordon in Regina, Susan in Vancouver and Eric in Rosetown. There are six grandchildren.
Editor's Note: Wallace passed away December 31, 1983.
Thelma, born 1923. (refer to Doan, George and