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John Alexander, "Alex" eldest son of Axel and Anna Ramgren, born in Sweden November 12, 1881. John left home at a very early age, working on farms in the surrounding districts, farming was not to his liking so he was hired on as an apprentice butcher with Frank An­ drich in Minnedosa. From Minnedosa, a butcher business was opened up in Portage la Prairie and John moved. He met and married Agnes May Lamonby in Portage la Prairie. John was well liked and soon became a respected figure in that community. Unfortunately, John met with a fatal accident by electrocution April 28, 1918, leaving a month old baby daughter Olga and a young wife. Axel was buried at Portage la Prairie Cemetery. Olga May, born March 29, 1918, was raised by her Lamonby grandparents at Pine Creek. She married Lenard Ken­ nedy. They had three children; Lorraine, Melville and Harvey. Olga and Lenard farmed in the Westbourne, Muir and MacGregor areas, raising and showing Champion Percheron heavy draft horses, showing them in Brandon and Toronto Winter fairs. They are retired at Sylvan Lake, B.C. Later Agnes Ramgren married Alex Livingstone. She has since passed away and is buried at Austin, Manitoba.

Alfred Emmanuel "Mannie" (refer to Ramgren, Alfred "Mannie" and Gerda).

August "Albert" (refer to Ramgren, Albert and Annie).

Beda Matilda, eldest daughter of Axel and Anna Ramgren was born in Sweden March 11, 1890. She at­ tended school in Scandinavia. Beda left home at a very tender age, met and married Edward Ross in 1904, and went to Ontario to live. There was little communication between Beda and her family in Manitoba. In 1939, she was reunited with her youngest sister Annie after 35 years. She only made one trip back to Manitoba to visit her sisters and brothers. Beda and Edward farmed near Belleville, Ontario, for some years. After Edward's death in 1931, there was a succession of moves, times were very difficult for the mother, and her family. She found work doing home nursing, caring for elderly people in their own homes. Eventually they moved to Toronto. From this marriage there were eight children; twin boys Clinton and Clayton, Elbert, Bertha, Clarence, Julia, Libbie and Roy: Edward Ross died in 1931, Beda Matilda died in 1953. They are laid to rest in Griffin's Cemetery, Holloway, Ontario.

Olga Marie, second daughter of Axel and Anna Ramgren was born in Scandinavia at the Immigration house. She attended school in Scandinavia and Hilltop. As a young girl, she went out to do housework for dif­ ferent families in the area and in Minnedosa. She later worked in a Millinery shop in Minnedosa. In the 1920's she went west to cook on a ranch where she met and married Roy Beattie. (refer to Beattie, Roy and Olga).

Annie Josephine, born September 18, 1894, youngest daughter, attended school in Hilltop to grade 6. She helped at home looking after her younger brothers until she went out to do housework in the Edna and Franklin districts. She made many lasting friendships with these families. Mrs. Annie White, Anderson's friendship and devotion was to last a lifetime. She met and married Otto Halvarson November 11, 1911. (refer to Halverson, Otto


and Annie).

Carl Alfred, (refer to Ramgren, Carl and Elida). Fredrick Ferdinand "twin", born in Scandinavia May 24, 1899. He attended Hilltop school and as a young lad helped his parents around home. He left home and found employment in the area, working on fox farms, becoming a very proficient pelter and moved from fox ranch to fox ranch during pelting season. He developed a talent for carpentry and worked at this vocation until his demise in Saskatoon in 1956. He met and married Signe Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John August Johnson. They had three children; Doris married Jim Peller and they had five children, Norene, Roderick, Barry, Brenda and Debbie. Earle met and married Jean Swinarchuk and had a daughter Lori Shawn now married to Ricki Macki. Earle and Jean have one grandchild Sherri Lynn. Craig grew up and received his education in Erickson. He moved to B.C. where he met and married Hilda Kathleen Wilson. They had four children; Robert, Trent, Fredrick and Terena. Craig passed away in Port Coquitlam in 1975. He is survived by his wife Kathy, Trent, Fred and Terena.

Francis Frank "Conrad", twin was born May 24, 1899, at Scandinavia, attended Hilltop school. He married Carrie Walstrom and they had one daughter who died as an infant. In 1924, they moved to the Erickson district where they farmed until the death of Conrad's dad, Axel Ramgren, on December 7, 1925. They moved back to the home farm in 1926. Anna Ramgren remained on the farm and lived with Conrad and Carrie until she passed away January 16, 1928. Conrad and Carrie continued farming until he died very suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 36 years. They are both buried at the Scandinavia Cemetery.


Alfred Emmanual, second son of Axel and Anna Ramgren was born in Sweden February 22, 1885, and came to Canada with his parents at the age of six years. He received a meager education in Scandinavia.

Mannie, as he was known to everyone, worked out with many farmers to the south of the colony. He met and married Gerda Wickstrom, daughter of Eric and Anna Wickstrom. They had two sons, Ray and Gordon, who died as infants and one daughter, Mable Christine.

Mannie and Gerda had a very adventurous life together, embarking on many different careers over the years. They farmed in Homewood, Manitoba, where their daughter Mable was born. He took out a homestead in the Interlake, very little is known about this venture. Due to an accident, Mannie's left leg was amputated and as a result, farming was out of the question. They moved back to Erickson and bought his father-in-law's store on Main Street. Mannie owned a car and ran a taxi business, along with buying fur. Gerda looked after the store business. They carried on until the 1930's when the store was destroyed by fire. They then bought the Brekke property which housed the telephone exchange, which