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Lake 18 in the R.M. of Clanwilliam. Selma passed away at the early age of thirty-two years (1908).

She had three children, Joseph, Ethel (Tilling) and Andrew Jr. (refer Andrew Johnson family).

OMAN, CHARLIE AND ELVINA

by the Family

Charles Oman, eldest son of Lars and Emelie Oman came to Canada from Sweden with his mother and other family members in 1886. He was seven years old at the time. His father, Lars, had come to Canada two years earlier and was able to obtain a homestead for the family to settle on.

Early childhood days were spent at home with less than a week attending school. There were many ups and downs for his family in settling into life in this very new and undeveloped community, but he had happy memories of family visits with neighbours especially the "Webbers" where they would be treated to "nice warm bread with brown sugar on it".

At an early age Charlie obtained farm work, walking at times as far as Brandon in search of it. He saved what money he could, having in fact a vision of owning a farm of his own someday. This became a reality a few years later, when he bought a farm in partnership with his brother, John.

Charlie married Elvina Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. Miller, in 1904. Elvina had come to Canada from Denmark with her family in 1891 and was settled in the Danvers district.

Charlie now (1903) sold out his interest in the farm partnership with his brother John and bought a half section of land in the Clanwilliam district from Octavius A. Averill. Mortgage interest was 6070 at the time and some neighbours said "Charlie you will never be able to pay for it".

Charlie and Elvina Oman.

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Charlie and Elvina worked hard on their farm and in 1912, built a large wood frame home to replace the smaller log home they had and which was no longer adequate to house the growing family (4 children) that had arrived by this time.

In the years that followed Charlie and Elvina did mixed farming and augmented the family income with selling wood and butter to local customers in Minnedosa. Charlie would rise at 4:30 a.m., and depart with horses and sleigh for "The Park". He would cut a large load of Spruce or Tamarac, taking it to sell in Minnedosa the next day along with butter Elvina had made. Each year his nose seemed to freeze a little bit more. They continued on the farm until 1944, when their own son, Harry, got married and took it over.

Early retirement was not easy for Charlie but he continued to help Harry from time to time. Wood was always a hobby and he would cut wood locally and haul it home in his 1952 car.

It was a happy time for Charlie and Elvina when the family arranged a celebration at Harry and Margaret's to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary, March 18th, 1954. Over seventy guests attended and they felt deeply honored.

In 1958, Elvina passed away after a lengthy illness.

Charlie continued to live in his small home, always happy to have friends and family call on him. He moved to the Parkland Home at Erickson in 1970, and was given the honor of cutting the ribbon at its official opening, Saturday, August 22nd, 1970. His stay here was truly enjoyed as he felt "at home". It was here he celebrated his 95th birthday and enjoyed the friendship of the many people who called to wish him well.

In July, 1975, Charlie moved to the personal care home in Minnedosa. He was able to go out for dinner to his grandson, Albert's place on his 97th birthday. Charlie passed away May 1 st, 1976, at the age of 97 years and was laid to rest beside his wife Elvina in the family plot in the Scandinavina cemetery.

Charlie and Elvina were blessed with eight children. Mabel married Arne Hillstrand, son of Frank and Emelia Hillstrand, farmer and storekeeper in the Hilltop district.

Early married life was spent on Arne's father's farm, with some winters operating a sawmill in the Riding Mountain National Park. They later bought a farm in the Hilltop District. In this home Mabel cared for her father­ in-law, Frank, the last two years of his life, until he died in 1962. Arne passed away in 1959. She assisted in nursing her neighbours Mr. and Mrs. Clark Graham until their deaths in 1960 and 1964, and was given their home which she moved into. She sold her farm to Mr. and Mrs.

  1. Vanderhulst.

Mabel is an active member of the Hilltop community, directing much of her activity to work in the local Hilltop Baptist church.

Arne and Mabel have two daughters and one grand­ son. Florence, who married Stanford Wettland of Danvers. They have one son, Kevin. Mavis who married Wilson Johnston of Clanwilliam.

Herman married Clara Johnston, daughter of William and Jane Johnston of the Clanwilliam district. Early