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Isabel S. Lee, from Newdale, and he picked Edith up even more often than usual. He and Isabel got married in 1933.

Bertha had left the farm in 1930, to go and work in the city. She came back often, but never stayed on the farm after that. She married Harry Smith in 1935, and they moved to Lydiatt, where they lived for twenty years before moving to Winnipeg. She now is widowed, and lives in Winnipeg. She had six children, and has fourteen grandchildren.

Edith left in 1934, got married to George Bayliss in 1942, and lived in Winnipeg. She has one daughter, and three grandchildren. George died in 1960.

The newlyweds started a family in 1934, when Irvin was born. There was no pause for the Depression, as Leslie was born in 1937, and Orville in 1939. Edith followed in 1942, and Iris in 1947. These were times of hardship, but also the best of all times in the Strand chronicle. The barn was full of strong horses, the house with children, and the parents worked hard at farm and family. Church was close by, one mile south of the farm, and Ingvald kept the family in good attendance. Sundays in summer were often spent at Riding Mountain Park after church. Picnic lunch and supper were the order of the day, and the afternoon was for swimming, hor­ seshoes, playground, or naps, as the age dictated. We were all very proud of the 1938 Chevrolet that Ingvald had purchased.

Ingvald's passing on in the fall of 1946 was a sudden and unexpected shock to the whole family. Isabel's brothers, Ben and Wilf Lee, did all the heavy work on the farm for the next three years. The rest was handled by the children, under Isabel's able direction. The help of the community in those years was inestimable. Jim Beatty was like a second father, with help and advice. Fred Wetteland and his sons were always there for threshing or wood sawing, and Algot and Edwin Hall provided many services over the next years, like transportation when needed. If a crisis is the measure of community spirit, this community was more than equal to the challenge.

The three boys ran the farm, helped by Elisa and Isabel, who gave advice and orders as needed. All the children attended Tales School and then Erickson High.

Irvin was the first to leave the farm, as he went to Alberta to work. He then joined the Calgary police force, where he is still employed. He married Ina Ainge from Red Deer in 1953. They have four children, Wanda, Dwayne, Wade, and Rita. Wanda is married and lives in Calgary. Irvin and the family moved to Strathmore and he commutes to work.

Leslie was always instrumental in keeping the farm operating, and he decided to stay and see that it was done properly. He is still living on the farm and helps Ken Beatty in his shop whenever he has spare time.

Orville left the farm in 1958, became a teacher and is presently working and living in Winnipeg. He married Lillian Zurbyk of Elphinstone in 1962, and they have two girls, Tannys and Erin.

Isabel returned to teaching once the boys were old enough to operate the farm on their own, and Edith and Iris went with her. This way they got taught by mother, which mayor may not be a blessing. Upon retiring,

Isabel moved to the west coast, and is presently living in Parksville, British Columbia.

Edith returned to Erickson for her high schooling, then went into teaching. She married Morris Carter in 1962, and they live in Selkirk, where Morris works at the steel mill. They have two children, Martin and Lorina. Edith spends a lot of time curling, as she is one of the top skips in the Selkirk area.

Iris finished high school, and took training in library work. She worked at-various jobs, then met and married Roy Crowe. They have a son, Greg. They live on a farm north of Grandview.


Oscar Strand was born on a farm near Benson, Minnesota, in 1893, to Martin and Anna (Weltzin) Strand. He attended a country school and the Dunwoody Mechanical School in Minneapolis. He received his Boiler's licence at the age of eighteen, the youngest in the state at that time. In 1914, he emigrated to Canada to the Erickson area in Manitoba, purchasing NW 1 /4 16-18- 18. In 1915, he was united in marriage to Carrie Lee (see Lee - John and Jakobina) the first wedding to take place in the newly built Bethel Church. They remained on the farm until 1928 when they moved to Starbuck, Manitoba, where he operated a blacksmith shop. Six children were born to them, the two eldest dying in infancy. Always interested in community affairs, Oscar served on the Tales School Board as secretary-treasurer, on the Far­ mer's Elevator Board and they were active in the church.

Sophie Lee in Background. Front, Left to Right: Roland, Melvin, Elinore and Adelle Strand.

Power over life must be balanced by reverence/or life.