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they operated until 1948 or 1949 when they sold to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Thoren. Mannie and Gerda moved to Winnipeg and bought a house on River Avenue where they, along with Mable and Ted, operated an apartment house. Finding this operation too demanding, they sold and bought a general store in Glenella, Manitoba, which again was destroyed by fire. There were a succession of moves to Winnipeg, then to Erickson where they bought the late Henry Miller house where they lived until failing health forced them to sell their house to Olga and Roy Beattie. They moved back to Winnipeg to be near their daughter and son-in-law. Gerda passed away September 28, 1964, and Mannie on February 5, 1965.

Mable Christine, only daughter of Mannie and Gerda Ramgren, born in Homewood August 27, 1910, attended school in Erickson and Winnipeg where she attended Business College. She married Ted o. Hofta from Vallee, Norway. They had no family. Mable passed away January 29,1981. Ted still lives in Winnipeg.


August Albert, third son of Axel and Anna Ramgren, born in Sweden March 10, 1887. He married Annie Emily Wickstrom, daughter of Eric and Anna Wickstrom born in Rolla, North Dakota, U.S.A. June 4, 1897. They had no family.

Albert started in store business in Erickson in February, 1916, carried on in this business almost

Albert and Annie Ramgren.

continually except for a few years in the 1930's when Annie and Albert moved to Vancouver, returning to Erickson and continued as a Merchant until 1944, when he sold his business and building to the Co-op. Upon the sale of their business, they moved to Vancouver where they made their permanent home.

Albert passed away February 4, 1965, and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Annie continues to live in Vancouver, enjoys good health and always a faithful person, never failing to remember friends and relatives on special occasions. Albert was director of the Erickson Board of Trade in 1920.


by Elida Ramgren

Carl Alfred was born February 9, 1898. He attended school at Hilltop, assisted at home, worked in the surrounding area and for a time worked for Otto Halvarson on road construction. During 1924-25, he was with his sister and brother-in-law, Roy and Olga Beattie in Val Marie, Saskatchewan.

December, 1929, he married Elida Sillen. They had no children. This was the beginning of the depression and times were hard. Carl rented land on 12-18-18W in the Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam and in 1936, Carl drove the school van to Erickson by horse in the winter and car in summer. There was no school at Otter Lake at this time.

July, 1940, Carl and Elida bought N.W. 5-17-17W in the Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam. To supplement their income, they raised foxes, pigs, turkeys and chickens, also milked cows and sold cream. After many years of farming, they sold their property to Margaret and Gordon Hammel, retiring to Erickson. They bought their house in Erickson from Alex Sawisky. Carl passed away in 1978. Elida lives in the Parkland Senior Citizens Home, enjoys good health and her many social activities.

Left to Right: Carrie Ramgren, Edwin Peterson, Carl and Elida Ramgren, Ellen Wilkinson and Winnijred Sjoberg.