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later years, he bought a farm known as McKerrel's property and also rented a half section across the road from their farm home. Later again he purchased a quarter, N.W. 1/4 1-17-17W of bushland up in the Clan william Municipality. This latter quarter was his source of wood for heating the family home and from it, too, he cut logs for a huge big barn.
There were many hardships for he and Anna. In February of 1910, their house burned down as a result of a chimney fire and many precious possessions lost. They had three small children at the time and they had to be hustled off to Gramma Oman's house until a temporary make-shift shelter of granaries were moved together, winterized for occupancy till spring, when a new house could be built. There was a new baby due to arrive in August so John and his carpenter friend, Mr. Nystrom, really had to hustle to meet the deadline with spring seeding, field work, haying and other farm chores, it would surely be a scramble, but the new baby was born in a partly finished bedroom of the new house.
As the children of John and Anna were very close in age, there was often a necessity for an extra pair of willing hands to help out in the home. Mina Hofdahl (Oman) Winnie Sillen (Sjoberg) and Ingaborg Hindorff were maids, at different times of course. Likewise John required help with the farmwork, Chris Pedersen, Sven Sorenson and Joe Johnson (John's nephew) whose names will be familiar to many, were farmhands. The family attended church at Bethlehem Lutheran at Scandinavia for a number of years. The children attended Sunday School at Gramma Oman's in the winter. Beda Sjoberg was in charge of it. After Immanuel Lutheran was established three miles to the east of the John Oman farm, the family became members of that church.
The depression years provided the usual difficulties, for this family as well as for everyone else, but to further complicate things, John developed rheumatoid Arthritis and had to go to Winnipeg for treatment. The family rallied round, two of the older girls were in Winnipeg, they took charge of their dad and saw that good care came his way and the rest of the family lent their support in different ways to see the crisis through. The family recalled their mother selling butter at two pounds for thirty-five cents at this time. There was a good garden, wild fruits abounded, these were a help. Daughter Ethel paid tribute to her mother's faith in God to carry them through in those difficult times.
John's arthritis never left him and he became bed ridden during the last eight years of his life (1954-1962). By this time, they were retired and living in a house in Clanwilliam. Their son Kenneth had now taken over the family farm. Anna courageously cared for John during these eight years. Following John's passing she went to live at Legion Gardens, Minnedosa.
John and Anna raised nine children during their lifetime. They were a caring close-knit family, sharing many joys and sorrows too. They had the joy of bringing new life into the world and the sorrow of seeing some of their children taken away, but through the years, God gave strength for the day, rest for the labour and light for the way. John and Anna's children were: Ethel - retired in 1971 after forty years of teaching - lived in Winnipeg,
Manitoba. She passed away in May 1983.
Agnes was a stenographer, married Hilding Nelson.
They had two children, Jackie and Pamela. Jack was killed in a fall when mountain climbing. Agnes passed away in 1943.
Harvey grew up to work in a bank (Royal), later he changed his job and became a car salesman. He retired and lived in Winnipeg. He passed away on April 23, 1983.
Emma became a stenographer and worked in Win nipeg, she passed away in 1949.
Tillie stayed at home on the farm until her marriage to Merrill Johnson of Clanwilliam. The couple had three children, Doris (married Al Suski) four children, Wendy, Norma, Donna and Douglas. Murray married Yvonne Peterson. They had two children, Sandra and Darryl (has twin boys).
Ruth married Blair Hopkins of Clan william , Manitoba, and they have two children, Perry and Sherri. Tillie passed away in 1966.
Clara married Lennart Johnson. They live at River side, California and have two sons, David and Peter. David is married and has two children. Clara, Eunice and Tillie married three brothers of the P.M. Johnson family of Clanwilliam.
Eunice, a missionary with Child Evangelism since 1950, went to Brazil. She has recently returned from Brazil and is presently working in the Child Evangelism office in Winnipeg. Eunice shared the work of Child Evangelism in Brazil with her husband, Manfred Johnson (formerly of Clanwilliam also). The two were married in Brazil and Manfred passed away in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Kenneth farmed his father's land from 1945-1979, married Ivy Howe of Minnedosa. They had two children, Richard (married Bonnie Young of Clanwilliam, they have two sons) and Patti (married Wes Burton) they have two sons. Ivy passed away in June 1979 and Ken was accidentally killed on November 2, 1979.
Edwin Albert went into the ministry with the Covenant church but left that to go into politics in 1969. He is presently a Conservative M.L.A. for Calgary, South in Alberta. He married Adele Erickson of Minnedosa, has four daughters, Beverly, Barbara, Judy and Joyce.
John Oman Family - 1919. Back Row, Left to Right: Ethel and Agnes. Front Row: Emma, Clara, John, Harvey, Anna and Tillie.