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correspondence. Attending Westmount was a pretty good hike in the summer months. In the winter months, thanks to our neighbors, the Arvid Ullberg family, we received many a ride in their heated van pulled by a frisky team. They were always a welcome sight after our first half mile walk. We had many good laughs and "fast rides" with them.
I would also like to recall some of the good times at Westmount, playing games such as a pump-pump-pull away, prisoners base, scrub, only to mention a few. There was also an active social life in the school where many a Friday or Saturday night found friends and neighbours enjoying a whist drive or dance; in either case a lovely lunch was always served.
World War II was being fought at this time and you would often find girls as well as boys knitting squares for the many afghans the school children made for the war effort. War Savings Certificates could also be purchased. It was with a sense of pride and excitement we would watch when the army patrols would drive past our school.
From Westmount school, I entered Erickson High where I planned to complete my high school. In the spring and fall, I rode a bike for the 5 1/2 mile ride and encountered many wet days when the roads would become muddy and hectic at which time you looked forward to the winter months that you were able to board in town. I also belonged to the Girl Guides and enjoyed the curling season. My education came to rather an abrupt end when circumstances arose making it possible for me to go to the Rochester Clinic where I eventually had surgery. With the element of the difficult times, this ended my education.
I was soon out in the working world attaining a career in sales. This being my goal, I became employed in various positions and not until after my marriage, did I find employment which satisfied me. I worked for twenty years for retail drug stores where I became in charge of my own department and also a cosmetician.
Again a health problem forced me to leave work and after two years, my husband and I began our own Specialty Advertising Company, namely Tor-Ex En terprises, which is where I am presently enjoying the many years of sales experience. As a point of interest, our company name is derived from our Mother's maiden names - my mother, Torvestad and Lloyd's mother, Exham.
I married Lloyd Lee from Basswood, Manitoba in 1950 and we have resided in Winnipeg all our happy years. Lloyd holds a position as a salesman for Gulf Canada Limited. His territory encompasses Winnipeg and several country points. When his busy schedule permits the time, he enjoys our work with Tor-Ex Enterprises.
We belong to Messiah Lutheran Church where we are Charter Members. We enjoy most of our summers at our lake property at Twin Beaches.
We have raised two children who were born and educated in Winnipeg. Our daughter, Donna, graduated from Grade 12 and then from Business College. She is now employed as a Secretary / Bookkeeper with the University of Manitoba Medical College. She married David Dorward in 1973, and they have three children,
Darren, Danny and daughter Dana. They also reside in Winnipeg.
Our son, Gary, graduated from grade 12 and then became employed by the Hudson's Bay Company, Northern Stores Division. After a short period of training, he managed several Northern Stores. He married Joan Mumby from St. Brieux, Saskatchewan in 1974, and though they both loved the North, the position of a Manager for Toshak's Appliance and Furniture Store, Medicine Hat offered more appeal and they headed west. They have two girls, Heather and Tammy, and at present they are living an active and busy life in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
My life and that of my family have been very meaningful and rewarding, filled with many happy memories and with God's Grace, many more fulfilling future years to come.
Esther was four years old when her parents, Alvin and Gellen Sjovold and sisters moved to Erickson from Outlook Saskatchewan. I started my education in Westmount School and attending there for eight years. My sister and I had to walk two miles to and from school and we seldom missed a day regardless of weather conditions. During the winter months, we would often catch a ride with the Ullberg children, who drove a team of horses and a sleigh. It was a real thrill when my parents bought me a bike so I could ride to school during the summer.
There were many fond memories of the years I at tended Westmount School. The Christmas concerts were memorable annual events. I'm sure we started practicing our plays, songs and dances a month or more before the concert. In the spring we always looked forward to the softball games played against various schools such as Crocus or Hilltop.
I continued my education at Erickson High school graduating from grade 12 in 1951. I rode my bike to high school in the fall and spring. It was necessary for me to stay in Erickson during the winter because our road to the farm was snowbound.
Alvin Sjovo/d Family. Back Row, Left to Right: Irene, Juanita, Viola, Esther. Seated: Gel/en and A/vin.