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1933, an Auction Sale was held on the farm and all the farm implements and cattle were sold. My Dad then went to work as a farmhand and carpenter.

In 1934, Mom and Dad and their three children moved to Elphinstone, Man., where my father went into a store business. That same year, my youngest sister, Victoria, was born. All of us girls grew up and went to school in Elphinstone.

In the early 50's, my second oldest sister, Nadia, taught school in the Town of Erickson.

My parents moved to Winnipeg in 1956 where they spent many enjoyable years in retirement. They enjoyed their many trips back to Erickson to visit with friends and relatives.

Dad died suddenly on July 9, 1979, at the age of 88.

Mother died on October 1, 1979, at the age of 74. They are both buried in the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Assumption Cemetery, Winnipeg, located along the Trans-Canada Highway West.

Bill and Mary Stechkewich are survived by their four daughters and their families. There are two grand­ children: Nadine Scholl and her family of Winnipeg, and Jeffrey Johnston of Calgary. Also, many descendants of the Byskal family and friends in the Erickson area.


by Edna Steele

Matthew (Matt) Steele's ancestors came to Canada from Scotland about 1850, and settled in Ontario. The younger generation consisting of William, Matthew, George and John (twins), Archie, Harry, and one sister, moved to the Gladstone District. Matthew married Catherine Peter in 1872. There were four girls, Annie, Flora, Jennie, and Margaret, and two boys, George and Matt in that family.

Matt received his education in the Silver Stream School, south of Gladstone. He farmed in the same district with his brother George. He served in the Army in World War I and after discharge in 1919 farmed on the home farm. In 1921, he married Edna Rae McIntosh. Five children were born to them, Stewart Raymond, Allan Matthew twin to Audrey Edna, Kenneth Ar­ chibald, and Donald George. Allan died in 1926 at two years six months.

In 1927, they moved to the Soldier Settlement District of Providence, north of Sandy Lake. Stewart, Audrey, and Ken received their education there. The family moved to Cardale, Man. in 1944. Don attended the Cardale School until 1952 when because of Matt's ill health, he retired from farming and moved to Erickson, Man. where he passed away in October of 1961. Edna lived in Parkland home where she recently celebrated her 80th birthday. She was very active in church work, and is a Life member of the Erickson Legion Ladies Aux.

Audrey married Russell Wallis, now lives in Alamogordo, New Mexico, U.S.A. and has two boys Johnny Allyn and Kelly Omar. Audrey teaches school.

Ken came with the Steele family from Cardale in 1952 and worked for Alex Sawisky driving a car transport then in Chris Skovmose's Garage. In 1954 he went to Virden

to work in the Nield Brothers Garage. In 1955, he went to work in the oil fields for the Lane Wells Company, one of Dresser Atlas industries. He worked in many different oil fields in Western Canada. In 1959, he met and married Margaret Patricia Siebert. They now live in Edmonton where Ken works for Dresser Atlas.

Don finished his education in Erickson. He took a job in the Beaver Lumber Company. In 1960, he went to work in the garage for Gordon Freko. After the sale of the garage the name was changed to Parkwood Auto. Don still works there. In 1964, Don Steele and Shirley Purvis were married at Hilltop Baptist Church. Two children were born to them, Clarice Rae and Glen Donald.

Don and Shirley enjoy playing slow pitch ball, and are active in the Erickson Legion and Aux. Clarice plays the piano and organ and is going into nurse's training after graduating, Glen plays hockey and has a paper route. He likes going fishing with his Dad. They all enjoy snowmobiling.

Editor's Note: Edna passed away August 14, 1983.

Stewart Steele Family. Bill, Allan, Jocelyne and Stewart.


by Lena Stone

William and Minnie came to Manitoba in 1897 from Kemptville, Ontario. They lived in Minnedosa and then farmed in that area for some time. They then moved to the northern edge of the R.M. of Clanwilliam, settling on N.E. 33-18-18. They had one daughter, Leena Margaret, (refer to Stone, Stanley and Leena), and two sons:

Howard who passed away in 1976, and Harold who is manager of the Erickson Co-Op Service Station.

They lived on the farm until their deaths in 1945 and 1946.

A man has reached middle age when the girl he winks at thinks he has something in his eye.