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Joseph Tinkler Family. Jocelyne, Bill, Mona and Betty.

for the C.N. in telecommunications. They have three sons, Rick, Joey and Robert, three daughters, Sheryl, Shannon and Debbie. Rick, Joey and Shannon are married. Rick has a daughter, Melissa. Shannon lives in Souris and Sheryl in The Pas, Rick and Joey in Alberta. Bill and Betty have lived in Erickson, Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Cranberry Portage and Thompson and are now in Prince George, B.c.

Joe passed away June 21st, 1978, two days after their fifty-sixth wedding anniversary. Etta died very suddenly September 19, 1980. She had celebrated her 75th birthday on the first with an open house that a large number of her friends attended.

Their home was purchased by Stan and Florence Duman from Brandon in 1982.


by John Tkachuk

I was born on June 7, 1909, one of nine children born to John Sr. and Nadia. My parents were farmers and I was born on a farm near Arelee, Saskatchewan, a small hamlet about forty-five miles northwest of Saskatoon.

My father came to Canada in 1898 from Kiev, Ukraine, saw the land and went back in 1900. In 1902, he returned to Canada with my mother, two of my brothers and a sister.

I attended a rural school and completed eight grades and part of nine.

After leaving school I helped dad on the farm for a few years. In 1926, I went to a mechanical school at Saskatoon, called Henphil Trade School, and in 1927 I graduated as a mechanic. Jobs in the mechanics field were scarce and thus I returned home and continued to help dad on his farm for five more years. Somehow I went back to Saskatoon and got a job as an ice maker for the Saskatoon Stadium through the influence of some of my acquaintances. This job lasted for one winter.

Though I stayed at home for five years I repaired equipment for my neighbours and thus kept up with the mechanical things I was taught in school.

In 1935, I got a mechanic's job at a Hudson dealership

in Plato, Sask. Here I worked for two years.

In 1937, I came home and rented my cousin's one hundred and thirty-five acres of summerfallow. I bought seed, fuel, and put the crop in. Up to the middle of July we had no rain and my first farming venture turned out to be a disaster. Seeing that my pocket wouldn't jingle with this crop, I went back to my mechanic's job at Plato and left my brother to reap the "benefits". He harvested one hundred bushels from one hundred and thirty-five acres.

From July of 1937 until May of 1938 I worked at Plato and then began work for a farmer as a mechanic and laborer because the wages were higher.

In the fall of 1938, two acquaintances at this farmer's place and I bought an old Willis truck and made a trip to Calgary. I landed a job here for a farmer, operating the threshing machine and the tractor. After harvest I went to Edmonton to see a friend. Here I noticed an ad for a mechanic which was placed by Peter Koltusky, a Cockshutt and John Deere agent, in Sandy Lake, Man. I applied and I got the job. Thus I came to Sandy Lake in the spring of 1939. I worked for him until the fall of 1939.

I married Elsie Zachary on Nov. 5, 1939. Elsie is the daughter of John and Annie Zachary (Coulson). Her parents farmed at one time a few miles north of Erickson. Elsie attended the Tales, Whirlpool and Sandy Lake schools, finishing grade IX and part of X. Between leaving school and our marriage, Elsie worked for far­ mers' wives and in hotels.

After our marriage, we went back to Arelee, Sask., and stayed over winter. In the spring of 1940 I went to Plato and got back myoid mechanics job. Here I worked a little over a year.

We then came back to Sandy Lake and I continued to work as a mechanic for Peter Koltusky until the fall of 1942.

In 1943, I learned about a farm through Matt Coulson of Sandy Lake, in the Scandinavia area and we purchased the SW quarter of 17-18-17 in that year. Today this farm is owned by a man from Neepawa who subdivided it. There was no house here so we moved into a vacant house on the quarter across from us.

In the spring of 1944, I began work as a mechanic for Marinus Neilson, a sub dealer for G.M. products, at Erickson. I worked here for about six years. During these years, Marinus sold the garage to his brother Ted. During these years we moved off the farm and into Erickson after selling the farm to Wilburn Anderson.

Approximately in 1951, I worked as a mechanic for Gordon Freko, working here about a year, and I then worked for Peter Slobodian for one year.

After this we moved to Atikokan, Ontario, and I worked as a mechanic in a garage here up to 1958 and then moved to Gimli, Manitoba, working for a G.M. dealer, Mike Synkarchuk, for about a year and one half.

Prior to this, in 1949, we had purchased NE 31-17-17.

The buildings were vacant during the years I worked out. From Gimli, in 1959, we came back to Erickson and began to live on NE 31-17-17 in 1963. Elsie stayed on the farm looking after the cattle we had purchased and I worked for a firm specializing in rebuilding car engines,