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My teaching career began when I taught on permit in a rural school near Plumas, Manitoba. I took my teacher training in Winnipeg in 1952-53. After graduation, I taught in South Brandon and Basswood.
In 1955, I was married to Gordon Reid, who came from the Basswood area. We lived in Basswood for two years and then moved into Winnipeg where we now reside. I am presently teaching in an elementary school in Transcona. Gordon is an automobile and truck salesman at a G.M. dealership. Gordon and I have two children. Grant, now 22 years old, works at Flyer Industries in Transcona. Karen, 20 years old is in her second year of training at the Health Science Center to become a registered nurse.
Anders Frederick Skog applied for a homestead on
Edward served in the armed services in the first World War so obtained a land grant in the "Soldier Settlement" in the Onanole area. He and Fred later owned and operated a saw and shingle mill in the Crawford Park area where they resided until their deaths.
Joe married Ada Spears and lived in the same area working with his brothers. There were four children, Geraldine, Dennis, Toby and an infant son raised by his aunt. Their mother died in 1944 and Mrs. Ole Erickson cared for the three older children for many years.
Joe had apprenticed as a painter in his earlier years. He returned to this work and lived in Erickson. He remarried and they are both deceased.
Alfred Sjogren and Fred Skog.
JOHN AUGUST AND KRISTINA
by Skoglund relatives
August Skoglund was born in Krarnfors, Sweden, the northern wooded area of that country. He married Kristina Lundholm while in Sweden and there, their son Knut was born. In 1893 the family decided to move to Canada or at least to America. The John August Skoglund's settled in the Hilltop district on N.W. 28-17- 17W, an area that was very much like the Kramfors region with spruce trees, wooded sections and meadowland. This was the terrain with which they were familiar and with which they could cope. They cleared the land, built a house, and cut wood for the first period to make a home away from home.
August's brother Johan and his sister Maria also came to America around the same time. Maria died and Johan went on to the States. Where Johan settled is a complete mystery, and the family lost contact with him, but some of the scattered Skoglunds living in the eastern U.S.A. are probably some of Johan's descendants and therefore relatives of the Skoglunds now living here.
August and Kristina had several children - Knut, John, Alfred, Hans, Esther, Emmy and Albert as well as three children who died in infancy. Before long Kristina's father came to Canada and lived with them until his death. August's brother, Ole, also came and settled in the area - actually on the next farm. This association with family made it a little less lonely those first years.
August and Kristina brought with them an immense ability to work. Kristina was a good cook and seamstress, she made life within the family happy by her hard work. She would often, for most of the night, be sewing clothes for the children and preparing dishes that were interesting such as plat pannkakor, tiny pancakes, which were placed one on top of the other with lingon berries bet ween and whipped cream on top.
Potatoes boiled in their jackets and herring cooked on the coals was also made up as a common meal. August, besides farming and looking after their few cattle, cut cord wood and hauled it by team to Minnedosa, twenty some miles away from the farm. These loads of cord wood did not bring much in the way of money but it certainly augmented the slim living the family en countered in the early days.
The Skoglund's were very much aware that the life they had chosen for themselves needed a Divine help, needed support from some outside force and both were ardent supporters of the Baptist Church. They were firm in their belief, sang in choirs and served on Church organizations. August was interested in Municipal af fairs, served as a trustee when the Lund School District was formed and acted as a Councillor in the Clanwilliam Municipality. The older children started school in Hilltop but when the Lund school was built they changed and most of the children got most of their education there.
During World War I Alfred served overseas, was wounded in his back by shrapnel during the fighting around Cambria, France. When Alfred was wounded in France, his attending doctor was an American, Doctor