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in 1982 was $9,930.00.

He also owned and operated the Erickson Lumber yard located on the west side of the former CNR station until his retirement in 1948, he sold the lumber business to Hazel and Bill Andrews of Minnedosa. He was an active member of the Temperance Lodge in Erickson and was a life member of a Scandinavian organization, Norden, as well as a shareholder of the Scandia Hall and a shareholder of the three Fur Farms. He loved the out­ doors and gardening, fishing and hunting were his favorite sports. Stamp collecting was his favorite in-door hobby. III health forced Margaret to become a resident of the Personal Care Home in Minnedosa in February, 1976 where she passed away in August, 1976, at the age of 91 years.

Failing health necessitated Olov to become a resident of the Minnedosa Personal Care Home in September, 1976, where he remained until his death in September, 1978.

Olov Olsen Family. Elvera, Olov, Margaret and Mary Booth.

Mary completed Erickson school then attended Winnipeg Normal School and Brandon General Hospital school of nursing. She nursed in U.S.A. for many years. After her retirement she returned to Erickson and married Arthur Koping. (refer to Arthur Koping).

Elvera was born September 27, 1923, and attended Erickson school, then business college for a year. She worked in a Winnipeg office before returning home to help her father. In 1949, she married Emil R. Shellborn and they have three children, Darcie, Wade and Spencer. (refer to Emil Shellborn).

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OLSON, PER

by Della Nylen

Per was born in Jamtland, Sweden. He came to the Rural Municipality of Clan william and lived in a small shanty south of the Nedrob school in Scandinavia. He spent his past years with Mr. and Mrs. N.E. Holm.

Per Olson

OMAN, LARS AND EMMA

by Ethel Oman, Evelyn McLennon and Edna Sjoberg

Our grandparents, Lars and Emma Oman were born, raised and married in a community called Karrakra in West Gotland, Sweden. Lars came to Canada prior to his wife and family and took a homestead on the S. W. 12-17- 18W in the Municipality of Clanwilliam. Like so many Scandinavians, this area which was well covered with trees, attracted him also, as the forest promised security for his family in lumber, wood and shelter. The first family dwelling was a log cabin built on the S. W. corner of the quarter and to this simple home he brought his wife Emma and their three children, Selma ten years, Karl seven years, and John five years, in the year 1886.

The family worked hard at making a new life for themselves, cutting down the trees and clearing the land of roots and stones to grow a garden and a crop. Lars was able to gain employment in railroad construction in the area, this providing income for extra necessities to develop the farm - so by and by there were cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, etc. - staples for pioneer living.

As the farm grew, so grew the family - four children were born after the Omans came to Canada and with their coming, sorrow, too. Two little boys Hjalmer and Martin died in infancy and a little daughter, Ethel, died when she fell through an open trap-door in the new house the family were building when she was sent to call the workmen to come for dinner. These were tragic times for the family. The fourth child to be born in Canada was Hjalmer Martin (Edwin), so named in memory of his little deceased brothers.