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awards, two of them are: The Grand Championship for butter at the Royal Winter Fair, Toronto. This cham­ pionship is given for securing the highest score for butter made in any month in the year. They also won the special award for the exhibit of creamery butter, securing the highest aggregate scores in three separate sections.

In 1949 Erickson won the highest average score in commercial butter for the year 1948 and in the same year the trophy for the lowest yeast and mould count (which is an indication of sanitation) for commercial butter. The Creamery continued winning championships until its closing.


The pioneer women all had long hair, either braided, put up in a bun with wire hairpins, or just hanging loose. Some had ringlets made by strips of cloth wound around your hair.

In the late 20's or early 30's, the short hair style became very popular. The men also had short hair, so both men and women became barbers in their own homes.

Then came wire curlers and the popular curling iron, which you would heat in the stove or the lamp chimney. Different types of curlers came on the market and hairdressing shops opened up.

Vickie's Beauty Salon.

Vicki Ledoux opened her shop in Erickson in 1946 and continued until 1950, when she sold her business to Audrey May. There were many hairdressers, some were Betty Hall, Frances Yanchycki, Shirley Geletchuk,

Beatrice Lundman, Winnifred Gray, Mr. Calvin Cole, Lorna Taylor, Jean Warwaruk, Lorette Bevan and Lori Skipper.

Since the hydro came through there are electric curlers, irons, dryers and blowers.

Now in our modern era, both men and women have their hair styled by hairdressers in their Beauty Salons.


by P.K. Peterson, Foxwarren, Man.

In order to tell how the Manitoba Pool Elevator system came about, we have to go back to the year 1917.

At that time, the farmers of Erickson organized a grain company called "The Erickson Farmers Co-operative Elevator Company." The people who served on the elevator board from time to time were Carl Bengtson, Wm. McMillan, Emil Johnson, Nils Peterson, C.O. Carlson, John Magnell, Claus Haraldson, Sofus Kristianson, Carl Nilson, P .K. Peterson, Theo Lee and L.B. Gusdal and there may have been one or two more.

The first year of operation was rather uneventful.

Undoubtedly, the opposition thought that a few foolish farmers would soon fold up without any effort on their part.

The First Elevator - Northern, later sold to Farmers Co-op Elevator.

In the second year, our trouble started. Grain prices were high that year. Barley for example, was well over $1.00 per bushel, and if, for example, barley was $1.10, the opposition would offer $1.20. This offer held good as long as the Farmer's Elevator was open and as soon as the Farmer's Elevator filled up, down went the price to $1.00. And since it was only when the Farmer's Elevator was filled up that they got any grain to speak of, they got most of it at a price 1O¢ below the market, while we paid 10¢ over.

This situation prevailed for a considerable length of