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we then purchased 1/4 section south of Erickson where we lived until 1970, when we moved to Erickson.

Albert married Agnes Moyer from Onanole. They have one son, Harvey.


by Bessie Simmons

Ernie Simmons was the youngest son of Isabella (McDougall) and Thomas Simmons. His mother was born in Islay, Scotland, and his father came from Sussex County, England.

Ernie was born at Clanwilliam in 1903, and attended Lakelet school till he was fourteen. He was always in­ terested in steam engines and fired a steam engine for ten days for Mr. John Oman Sr. in the fall of 1917. He was only fourteen years old and so happy to be working around the engine. Three years later he joined the C.P .R. in Minnedosa and made his trial run as "fireman" for the late Alf Wakely of Minnedosa. In 1944, he became engineer and in 1953, he was the engineer on the trial run through Minnedosa when the first diesel went through.

In 1929 he married Bessie Madill of Bethany, daughter of Maggie and Mark Madill. Their family consisted of three sons, William, James and Donald. In 1933 they moved from Minnedosa to a farm near Bethany - the old home farm of Maggie and Mark Madill. These were the depression years and work on the CiP .R. did not improve until 1941. Ernie continued to make his trips on the C.P.R. from Minnedosa to Bredenbury, Saskatchewan. They both loved to travel and visited in many places. In 1968 after 47 112 years on the C. P . R. he was retired and took his wife on a trip to Ireland and England. After retirement he was interested in the farm and livestock, also in gardening. In his younger days he liked to curl and skate. He was a member of the Minnedosa L.O.L. He passed away in July, 1976 following a brief illness but remained very active to the last.

After his death his wife remained on the farm with her oldest son, Bill who is a bachelor. Bessie is interested in all community enterprises. Her church work and work in her beloved Orange Order come first. Her favorite hobby is music and playing the piano.

Bill is the third generation to raise Black Angus cattle on this farm, as his maternal grandfather started off with this breed of cattle. He takes a great pride in his hogs and cattle. Bill is a real "Hockey" fan and attends many of the games during the winter months.

Jim is a school principal at Greenwood School at Camp Shilo. Jim taught for four years in a rural school ­ Lakelet S.D. No. 229. Incidentally, Jim's mother also taught at Lakelet school in her young days. Jim attended Brandon University. He continued his studies at home and is a very modest person, seldom mentioning the four degrees which he holds.

Jim married Janice McPherson and there were two sons, Mark and Jason. Both boys are attending school in Winnipeg. Mark is 17 and Jason is 14. In 1978, Jim had a second marriage to Patricia Smith and they have one son, Martin who had his first birthday in February of this year. Jim is interested in curling, hunting and fishing. His


wife Patricia attended school at Swan River and later attended University at Winnipeg. She is presently teaching at Camp Shilo. Jim and Patricia live in Brandon but drive to work each morning as Shilo is only 17 miles away.

Left to Right: Bill, Don, Bessie and Jim Simmons.

Ernie Simmons

Don Simmons finished his grade 12 studies in Min­ nedosa, after completing his first eleven grades in Bethany Consolidated School. He worked in the Bank of Nova Scotia in Minnedosa and Winnipeg. Then he