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you would have to make sure you kept the wood stove going or the irons wouldn't be hot enough. It wasn't easy ironing on hot summer days. Churning butter was tricky as if the cream wasn't the right temperature you were sure you could spend hours before you would get butter. We always used to look forward to buttermilk pancakes, with apple sauce and whipped cream.
Another big winter's job was to cut up meat and also grind and make meat balls and can in sealers for summer use. Mother always used to salt and smoke meat also.
Besides farming Dad had a silver fox ranch for a number of years; it required a lot of work, killing old horses which were plentiful those days. These were usually slaughtered in the late fall and then hung up in the barn so we could cut the meat into pieces and pack in an ice well that was already packed with large blocks of ice.
Dad's main hobby was fishing and hunting, while Mother's was knitting. Our parents were both confirmed and members of the Scandinavia Lutheran Church, Dad being on the board for a number of years and Mother a member of the Ladies Aid, she was also a member of the Hilltop Community Club.
Dad passed away suddenly up in the park on August 31, 1970. Then on February 21, 1973, Mother sold her house to George Scott and moved into Parkland Home in Erickson. On April 23, 1976, Mother was unable to look after herself and moved into the Minnedosa Care Home and passed away on February 23, 1977, at the Minnedosa Hospital after having her leg amputated. They both lie in Erickson Cemetery.
SJOBERG, LAURENCE AND EDNA
by Laurence and Edna
I was born on October 2, 1923 and attended Lakelet school till Grade 8. My first teacher was Essie Pollon and I couldn't talk any English. Means of transportation was a lot different than today. I walked two miles and some had three miles, poor roads and some real cold winters. Some mornings we would catch a ride on the loads of wood on their way to Minnedosa, then by the time 4 o'clock came, these teams would be on their way home so would catch a ride. In the summer there was the odd one that got a bicycle. Uncle Carl and Aunt Bertha gave me a bull calf to raise and sell to buy myself a bicycle. I had him for three years and than I sold him and Dad still had to put out some money so that I could get a bicycle.
I can only recall one misfortune that ever happened on the way home from school and how bad we all felt. A fellow by the name of Gosta Emfelt who worked for Ernest Ulberg of Hilltop had been to Clanwilliam with horses, wagon and a load of grain and was returning home about the time we got out of school so he stopped and picked us up. Gosta was a great guy for teasing and joking and he finally put his arms around Mabel Fredrickson (Korberg) and said he would sure like to have a girl like her. She pulled herself away and got out on the side of the box, where she slipped and fell and the back wheel went over her leg and broke it. This man Gosta was later mangled to death by a bull.
A quarter of land that Dad had leased for pasture for many years before he bought, was given to me in 1952. It is N.E. 1-17-18W. I then cleared an open spot amongst poplars and built our home and on October 25, 1952 I married Edna Oman at Scandinavia Lutheran Church. This was the second last wedding held prior to it being demolished. Besides farming I worked part-time for Johnson Cabins at Clear Lake. I quit farming in 1974 and so have worked full time ever since.
On October 20, 1953, we were happy to have David arrive and after going to school at Lakelet, Grey, Minnedosa and University of Winnipeg, he got a job as a Pharmaceutical salesman for Up John Drugs and now the past two years for Astra Drugs in Manitoba. On July 10, 1975, he was married to Dianne Stephenson, formerly of Minnedosa. They made their home in Winnipeg as Dianne taught school till June of 1982, then on December 1982, David and Dianne along with Katherine who was born on August 12, 1982, moved out to David's grand father's farm (late Mr. Edwin Oman) which they had purchased three years ago.
Then on August 20, 1956, we were blessed with our daughter Donna Lynn. After her schooling at Lakelet, Grey and Minnedosa, she worked for Parks Canada (Clear Lake) and then she went out to Kluane National Park in November, 1977, where she worked for Parks Canada as a naturalist. She married Bert Simpson of Vancouver, B.C. on August 4, 1979. Bert had the misfortune of drowning in a canoe accident on May 8, 1982, at Arrow Lake, B.C. and the body is still not found. Donna is at present living in Winnipeg where she is finishing up in University (social work).
In the fall of 1977, Edna and I were really taken by surprise when our family held a surprise 25th anniversary and presented us with air tickets to Sweden to visit the homeland of our grandparents and parents. This trip was taken May 13, 1978, for four weeks and it was a trip we will never forget.
DONALD WILFRED AND TRUDY
by Laurence Sjoberg
Donald was born on his father's farm on November 2, 1930, and attended school at Lakelet, Grey and Min nedosa. After high school he enrolled at Luther College at Regina, Saskatchewan, for one year and then he at tended the University of Saskatchewan and then Lutheran Seminary at Saskatoon, graduating in the spring of 1953.
In June of that year Donald married Trudy Woldrich of Regina and they left on a honeymoon trip to Europe returning in October. Then it was back to Edmonton to Don's first pastorate.
In the spring of 1954 Donald's ordination service was held at Erickson Luthern Church. Donald continued serving a congregation in Edmonton. In 1960 he became Regional Director of American Missions in Canada and lived in Calgary.
In 1970, Donald and his family moved back to Ed-