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They retired in 1974, to live in Erickson. Their younger son, Clare, the third generation, has taken over the family farm.
Lachie and Joan celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on April 16, 1983. They are members of the Perky Pioneers.
Their three children are:
Leslie Andrew was born in Erickson on November 28, 1933. He attended Westmount School and graduated from Erickson High School. Les was a member of the 4- H Garden Club and Seed Club, and assistant leader during formation of the Erickson Calf Club. While a member of the Seed Club, he represented Manitoba at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto as part of the grain-judging team. In 1953, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Diploma in Agriculture and spent one year as Provincial Bee Inspector. In 1955, he married Bettyann Turner, only daughter of William and Rose Turner. They lived on the home farm, where Les was well known as a purebred Lacombe R.O.P. swine breeder. In 1960, Les became employed with Beaver Lumber Company, living in the communities of Carman, Manitou, Waskada and Teulon. In 1964, they moved back to Erickson, purchased the Locker Plant and store from Arthur Neilson and sold it in 1977. Les then gained employment with the Erickson Co-op as Meat Manager, where he is presently employed. Les and Betty are both interested in community betterment. Les coached Minor hockey and Minor baseball for ten years. He is a Charter Member and Past President of the Erickson Lions Club, and was on the Erickson School Board at the time of the changeover to the larger school division. Betty served on the Skating Rink Committee, Figure Skating Club, was a 4-H leader and was on the original building committee of the new Skating Arena. Les and Betty moved to Clear Lake in 1981, where Betty was Manageress of Elkhorn Ranch and Resort. They now live in their home in Erickson, which they purchased in 1967 from pioneer Theodore Lee's estate. Les and Betty have four children;
Laurie Jean was born on July 7, 1956, in Erickson. She began elementary school in Teulon and graduated from Erickson Collegiate. She was a member of the 4-H Home Economics Club, Carnival Queen in 1973, and President of the Erickson Student Council in both Elementary and High School. She graduated from the University with a degree in Social Work. In 1980, she married Wayne Jackson, son of Gerald and Mabel Jackson, formerly of Onanole. They presently reside in Brandon, where Laurie is employed by the Children's Aid Society.
Cameron Duncan was born July 17, 1959, in Erickson.
He attended Erickson schools, and graduated from Brandon Plains High School. Cameron belonged to the Erickson Cubs and Scouts, participated in all sports. Hockey was where he excelled. He was signed with Brandon Wheat Kings Junior hockey club but due to an unfortunate leg injury, his promising hockey career was cut short. He now lives in Brandon, where he is a plumber with Cornell Bros.
Shelley Rae was born on August 21, 1961, in Teulon.
She received all her education in Erickson, graduating in 1979. Shelley was a member of the 4-H Home Economics Club, Carnival Queen in 1977, participated in all sports
and was Female Athlete of the Year in 1977. Being an avid swimmer, she was employed by the City of Brandon as Assistant Aquatic Director at the Sportsplex for two years. She attended Brandon School of nursing, where she received her R.N. in July, 1983.
Susan Lynn was born on July 9, 1963, in Teulon. She met with an untimely accident at age two and is now a resident of the St. Amant Centre in Winnipeg.
Marie Gwendolyn was born on September 26, 1938, in Erickson. She attended Westmount school for grades one to eight, 1945 to 1953; was a member of the 4-H Calf Club for two years, winning the championship calf award both years; participated in the 4-H Sewing Club for several years and was crowned 4-H Fashion Queen at the Neepawa Rally, and again at the Provincial Rally at the Brandon Summer Fair for modelling the outfit which she had sewn. She acted as President for the Sewing Club for two years; attended Erickson High School for grades nine to twelve, 1953 to 1957; was crowned Queen of the Erickson Winter Carnival; enrolled in nurse's training at St. Boniface Hospital in September, 1957, graduating in 1960; was Vice-President, 1958-59, and then President, 1959-60, of the Manitoba Student Nurses' Association. After graduation, she worked at the Children's Hospital in Winnipeg, August 1960 to June 1968, holding the positions of general duty nurse, assistant head nurse, head nurse, clinical instructor and supervisor. She had been associated with French Immersion school programs since 1973. Gwen has been a member of the St. Vital Curling Club since 1975, belonging to the Glenbriar and the Curlettes leagues at the club. She was President, Vice president and Social Chairman for Glenbriar. As a skip she won the club trophy for three consecutive years. She has also worked as a volunteer for the Manitoba Heart Foundation since 1977, as a canvasser, area chairman, and in 1981 and 1982 as zone chairman for the Southdale area of Winnipeg. In June, 1982, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Health Sciences Centre Research Foundation. On December 23, 1966, Gwen married Gary Steiman of Winnipeg. Gary is a chartered accountant who worked for Revenue Canada Taxation, then for the Canadian government and a children's wear manufacturer before starting his own business, Gemini Fashions of Canada, in 1973, which manufactures children's and ladies' outerwear and exports to 17 countries of the world. He was President of the Manitoba Fashion Institute for two years, and served on several advisory committees for the government relating to garment manufacturing.
They have three children; Tannis, born on July 30, 1968; Sharon, born on December 8, 1969, and Bradley, born on March 25, 1973. All three attended Guyot School (French Immersion) until 1982, when Tannis and Sharon were enrolled at Balmoral Hall School for Girls. The girls have been active in baton competitions, winning several district trophies, and are now studying jazz and modern dancing at the Academy of Dance in Winnipeg. They have also studied under Brian Foley of Toronto. Tannis has won a silver in 1982 and a bronze medal in 1981 at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium for her science projects. Bradley was a member of a nine-year olds soccer team which won the district championship for