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farmyard. The family was blessed with good neighbours and relatives who offered support and comfort during times of loss and hardship. Clara still remembers the sight of Nellie Gusdal arriving, the bottom of her buggy covered with potatoes and fresh eggs.

Riding Mountain National Park provided a source of employment and recreation as the children grew older. Danver's Church was the family's centre of worship where the changing seasons of life were celebrated. Curling was one of the favorite sports and the Lee rink became a formidable challenge to local curlers. World War II saw Lloyd and Doug enlist in the army and shortly after sent overseas. Raymond and Milton also joined the armed forces. After the war, Eleanor continued her education and embarked on a teaching career. Years later, Judy became a social worker.

In 1946, suffering from a terminal illness, Ole moved his family into Erickson. He died in 1948, the day his first grandchild, Glenn, was born. The family has also been saddened with the loss of Eleanor in 1964, Lloyd in 1970 and his wife, Ann, in 1974.

Clara presently resides in Calgary where she continues to be well enough to enjoy loving contacts with her ex­ panded family: Douglas and Bernice, Campbell River, B.C. parents of Dawn, Douglas, Dianne and Denise; Lloyd and Ann's daughters at Duncan B.C. Susan, Judy and Jane; Ray and Muriel, Coburg, Ont. parents of Glenn (deceased 1966), Sharon, Brian, Dianna, Valerie, Kevin and Robert; Milton and Helen, Willowdale, Ont. parents of Donna, Debbie, Rick, Lana, Vincent and Brent; Judy and Art Hoffer, Calgary, Alta., parents of Aaron and Naomi.


Ole was born in Sogn, Norway, had emigrated to Minnesota, U.S.A., and came to the Danvers district in Manitoba in 1903 with his uncle, John T. Lee. He made his home with the Peter Berg family until he married Bertha Gronback in 1909. She was born in Brono, Norway in 1887 and had come to Danvers with her family. They were both charter members of Bethel Lutheran Church and theirs is the first recorded marriage of members in its files. Their first home was on N. W. 17- 18-18W as Ole and Mr. Berg had purchased this land from Bertha's uncle, Edward Hanson. They later moved to what became their permanent home on S.W. 7-18- 18W, choosing the lovely location in the curve of the Rolling River for their building site. Here their sons were born: Oscar in 1910, Clarence in 1911, Peter in 1915, and Arthur in 1917. Ole also homesteaded S.W. 12-18-19W. He served for a time as a councillor for Ward four of the R.M. of Clanwilliam. Their boys had a team of Shetland ponies which were an interesting sight, and perhaps even of envy among other boys, when they drove them hitched to a small buggy or cutter.

It seems some people are called upon to bear what is more than their share of heartache and tragedy, and Bertha is one of these. After only fourteen years of marriage her husband died in August, 1923 at the age of


fifty-nine years, leaving her with four young sons to raise and another child on the way. The following spring the youngest boy, Arthur, became seriously ill and died on March 30, 1924. Bertha gave birth to another son, Omar, on March 26 and the infant died the same day as his brother. They were buried in a common grave at Bethel. Burdened with sorrow, Bertha withdrew within herself, seldom went out in the community, and devoted herself to her children. It wasn't until her sons were grown and also encouraged by her nieces, the Gronback girls, that she again became a familiar figure in the community. She particularly enjoyed the meetings of the Bethel Mission Society. She rented out the farm until the boys were old enough to manage the work. They all attended the Erickson School, and were confirmed in the Bethel Lutheran Church.

During the depression years winter work was often the solution for cash to carryon through the rest of the year. Clarence had found employment in the bush in Ontario. There, on November 22, 1940, he met his death when a felled tree struck him. The two remaining sons, Oscar and Peter, stayed on with their mother, Peter being the farmer while Oscar worked for farmers in various localities. Bertha passed away in 1958.

In later years Peter rented out the farm and worked in Saskatchewan and Alberta, then sold it to Bob Simms who later sold it to Henry Wall. In June, 1983, Peter died suddenly in Edmonton, so their plot in the Bethel cemetery now holds nearly all their family. None of the sons married. Oscar resides in Edmonton.


by Joe

Joe, son of Charlie and Pauline Lenkewich, was born in the Sandy Lake district on N. W. 5-18-20W on April 1, 1928. He attended Sandy Lake school, completing his grade six when he had to leave his schooling to work on the farm.

In 1950, Joe enrolled in Molers Barber School at Winnipeg. After receiving a Barbering Licence, he worked at the Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, for a short time. Upon returning to his hometown he opened a shop in the rear of Bachewich's Store.

In 1952, Joe purchased a house on Main Street at Erickson from H. Rebenchuk where in 1953, he opened a Barber Shop and Pool Room. Later he sold the pool table, renovated the building, purchased supplies and became a General Merchant and kept the Barbering business. His business place is known to everyone as "Joe's" .

At this time, Joe was asked to be a member of the newly Incorporated Village planning committee along with Linus Miller and local Bank Manager, Oscar Goodman. This was the beginning of his civic activities in Erickson. He was a member of the Fire Department, served on the Village Council for nineteen years of which he was the Mayor for six years. Joe was president of the Chamber of Commerce, of which he is still active as he is with the Erickson Lions Club, a charter member also