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The Charlie Oman Family. Left to Right: Selma, Viola, Evelyn, Herman, Irene, Mabel and Harry.
married life was spent on a farm they purchased in the Clanwilliam district. They sold their farm in 1971 and retired to their present home in Minnedosa.
Prior to farming, Herman spent some time working on highway construction in Southern Manitoba.
Herman is an active member of the Drop Inn Centre at Minnedosa. Clara plays the violin in the "Merry Minstrel Orchestra", which provides entertainment for the personal care home at Minnedosa and other community activities.
Herman and Clara have one son Douglas.
Selma graduated as a nurse from the Souris General Hospital in 1930, and later received a post graduate course in psychiatric nursing at the Brandon Mental Hospital.
Unable to find employment in Canada at the time, Selma moved to the United States, where she worked as a registered nurse for some years. She married Mark Hutchinson of Colorado (now deceased), and later became an office employee of the United States Coast Guard where she worked until her retirement.
Selma enjoys an annual visit with her family in Canada each summer.
Harry is married to Margaret Cook whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Cook were farmers in the Clan william district.
Following their marriage in 1944, they took over the operation of the home farm of Harry's parents and continued to farm until they sold it to nephew, Albert Sillen with arrangements to retire on the farm.
Harry and Margaret have engaged in varied and numerous community activities. Harry received a life membership in the Clanwilliam Curling Club in 1977. Margaret plays the organ in the Clan william Lutheran Church and gives organ lessons to several children in the district.
Harry and Margaret have three daughters and two
grandchildren. Carol, who married Robert Morris of Erickson, Manitoba. They have two children, Shannon and Ryan. Sylvia, who married Davis Musselwhite of Minnedosa, and Beverly.
Viola married Ellis Sillen whose parents, John and Margaret Sillen were farmers in the Hilltop district.
Viola and Ellis began their married life together on a rented farm in the Hilltop district, later purchasing a farm at Crocus, Manitoba, where they lived until their son Albert took it over in 1952. They then purchased a farm close to Erickson living here until they sold it in 1970 and retired to a home in Erickson, Manitoba.
Viola worked as assistant cook in the Erickson Hospital for several years until she retired in 1978.
Viola and Ellis had two sons and one grandchild.
Albert who married Agnes Moyer of Onanole. They have one son Harvey. Kenneth passed away in 1964.
Evelyn graduated as a nurse from the Dauphin General Hospital in 1939 later taking a post graduate course in public health nursing, University of Toronto in 1973.
Evelyn married Clark McLennan Snodgrass, (now deceased) son of Mr. and Mrs. William Snodgrass of Dauphin, Manitoba. Early married life was spent at Great Falls, Manitoba, where Clark was employed by the Manitoba Hydro later moving to Pinawa, and Pine Falls, Manitoba, where Clark built and operated a restaurant and service station known as "Clarks Corner" .
Evelyn joined Medical Services, Health and Welfare in 1953 and was employed as a nurse until her retirement in 1980. She has made her home in Brandon.
Clark and Evelyn have two sons, Gordon and David. Irene graduated as a nurse from the Dauphin General Hospital in 1942, later taking a post graduate course in psychiatric nursing at the Brandon Mental Hospital.
Irene's early nursing career was spent in Estevan, Saskatchewan, where she married Grahame Robertson of that province.
Irene joined the staff of the Brandon Mental Hospital following her post graduate course, and was employed on their teaching staff until she was forced to retire in 1976 because of ill health. Grahame and Irene had one son, Homer. Irene passed away, December 2nd, 1978 and was laid to rest in the Scandinavia Cemetery.
Joyce Eleanor infant daughter passed away April 17th, 1925 at the age of five months.
OMAN, JOHN AND ANNA
John was the second son of Lars and Emma Oman, born in Sweden, coming to Canada at the age of five years.
He spent his growing up years on his parents' farm helping the family get a start in the new world. He and his older brother Charlie worked out whenever they could be spared from home to earn money to set themselves up farming and when that aim became a reality, they farmed together for a number of years.
In the year 1906, John married Anna Marie Berquist and they settled on a farm known as the McRae homestead in the R.M. of Minto near Clanwilliam. In