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submitted by daughter, Jean McDougall

W.J. (Joe) Stone oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard Perry Stone of Danvers District went to the Cameron District in 1924.

On November 17, 1925, he married Nellie R. Abel, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Abel. Her parents came to the Cameron District. Nellie was born in the district and attended Cameron School and went to Cameron United Church.

Nellie and Joe farmed the S.W. of 19-15-18 where they lived until his death in April, 1980. Mrs. Stone now resides in the William Rose Apartments.

They had four children:

Gerald, of Winnipeg, who has a partnership in ABCO, plumbing, heating, and electrical. He married the former Jean Shorrock, daughter of Ralph and Lizzie Shorrock of the Willow Grove District. They have one daughter Judy (Goodwin) who is a Lab Technician and resides in Calgary with her husband Bruce.

Alden, who lives on the home farm and is a Councillor of the R.M. of Minto.

Kenneth of Swan River does construction work. He married Barb Arbuthnott of Benito, Manitoba. Ken has two step-sons, Patrick and Daniel.

Jean, who married Milne Cummins of Strathclair.

They had two children, Marilyn and Brian. Jean, Marilyn and Brian returned to Minnedosa to live after Milne's death in 1965.

In December, 1971 Jean married Bill McDougall son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy McDougall of Minnedosa. Jean works for Delmage Transfer and Bill works for the Department of Highways. Marilyn Cummins works for the Bank of Nova Scotia in Brandon. Brian Cummins works for his Uncle Gerald at Abco in Winnipeg.


submitted by Lena Stone

Stanley was the second son of Gerhard and Sarah Jane Stone, born and raised on the family farm. In 1925 he married a neighbour girl, Lena Stitt. She had been born on a farm in the Minnedosa area where she attended school. After completing her education there, she came to Erickson where she worked for Mr. Henry Miller in the Post Office. She also tended the telephone exchange part time as it was in the same building.

Stanley and Lena bought the farm where the Bethel Post Office had been located. When it reopened Lena became the Postmistress and Stanley hauled the mail which was mostly by horses in those days. They kept the post office for seventeen years at which time the government closed the small offices. Bethel mail was then taken to Erickson.

They had a family of three:

Norman married Joyce Hanson of Minitonas and they have three sons, Rodney, Randall, and Lynden. Norman is a Co-Op manager in Tisdale, Saskatchewan.

Gladys married Gordon Turner, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Turner of the Whirlpool district. Gordon

owns Turner Plumbing in The Pas. They have three children: Diane, Donna and Douglas.

Lorne married Alice Fisher. They live in Brandon and they have three children: David, Beverley and Dwayne. Lome is a foreman in the Highway Shops.

Stanley passed away in 1975. Lena stayed on the farm for another five years when she moved into Erickson where she bought a small house on First St. S. She is still quite active, and belongs to the Erickson Lutheran Church, the Danvers Community Club and the Perky Pioneers. She also enjoys a round of Bingo at the Erickson Legion Hall once a week.


Clifford was born in Danvers, Manitoba on March 10, 1907. He married Cavell Thompson in 1938. After farming for a time, they settled in Erickson where he worked in construction. In 1949 they moved to the Yukon Territories where he was employed by the Dept. of National Defence as a heavy duty operator until transferred to Fort St. John in 1952. When British Columbia took over the paved section of the Alaska Highway in 1961, he joined the Dept. of Highways in Fort St. John and was there until he retired in March 1972. He passed away there in 1979.

Cliff and Cavell had six children: Maxine, Gail, Elinor, Bonnie, Jim and Gerry.



by Mabel Thierry

Mr. Lauritz (Louis) Strand was born on July 13, 1874, in Syvde, Norway. He came to Donnelly, Minnesota, in 1898 and worked on a large estate farm. Martha Lovald was born on May 7, 1881, in Aaheim, Norway. She emigrated to Donnelly, Minnesota, and was a beautiful seamstress; this she was taught in Norway. In later years she was able to sew for the family. On November 24, 1904, Lauritz and Martha were married in Kongsvinger Lutheran Church in Donnelly, Minnesota. In 1905, they started out for a new life in Canada, settling in the Erickson, Man. area. They were one of the first settlers in the district on the homestead NE 7 -18-18W. The land was all bush so the first thing they did was build a small house. Later they built a nice big house and it is still standing at the home farm. They had four children ­ Agnes, Mabel, Clara and Clifford. Martha Strand passed away on June 21, 1923, at the age of 42 and is buried at Bethel Cemetery.

Agnes was born on November 3, 1905. She attended Tales School and also schools in Erickson and Brandon. She worked on the home farm until her marriage to Martin Olson on May 8, 1930, at Bethel Lutheran Church at Danvers conducted by Rev. R. Larson. Martin Olson was born in Syvde, Norway, on January 15, 1902, and he emigrated to Poplar Point, Man. on May 15, 1921. He