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Jean and James Wallace.
When the Queen visited Erickson, Jim had the pleasure of talking to her. She was very interested in his British war medals. This was a very proud moment in their lives and neither ever forgot the day the Queen stopped and talked to Jim.
Jim passed away in December, 1976, and Jean in October, 1981. They are buried in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Winnipeg.
WALLACE, DAVID AND EMMA
The first of the Wallace's to arrive in the area was David, only son of James (Jim) and Jean Wallace. His appearance was as the husband of Emma Lovisa, second daughter of Henry and Emma Carlson, whom he married in June, 1946, in Winnipeg. "
David was a Hong Kong veteran, and a member of a military service oriented family. His father was a World War I veteran. His older sister--Elsie--served a short time with the RCAF, women's division, during WWll before her marriage to Ellis Mitchell, an RCAF aircraft mechanic. Ellis continued to serve with the RCAF until his retirement a few years ago. Dave's younger sister, Alice, married Les Watters, an Able Seaman with the Royal Canadian Navy. Baby sister, Isobel, married Ted McTaggart, a member of Canada's peace-time army, serving with the Artillery.
David was born at Selkirk in 1923, and spent his early years in Selkirk, Little Britain, and Middlechurch area. When he was ten, the family moved to the Gunton area to farm. His father's ill health forced a move off the farm to Stony Mountain. Dave, however, didn't move there with the family, but went to Selkirk and then to Winnipeg, working for the Fairfax Woollen Mills at the tender age of fifteen to help support the family.
His next venture was to falsify his age in order to enlist with the Winnipeg Grenadiers. His basic training was at Sherbrooke, Quebec, from here he was posted to Jamaica, in 1941, for a six-month tour of guard duty for
German POW's. On October 25, 1941, two days after his eighteenth birthday, he left Winnipeg for duty in Hong Kong. There he was taken prisoner on Christmas Day, 1941, when the island surrendered to the Japanese. He spent the next four years in various prison camps. His last camp was the last one to be liberated in 1945 when they were found by American marines in mid-September. Then HOME! The next several months were spent in and out of Deer Lodge Hospital while adjusting to life in a free world and with enough food. Recuperation took some time for a man to regain stature after his prison ordeal. When he went to Hong Kong he had weighed over two hundred pounds and was six feet tall. While a guest of the Japanese, he had shrunk to five feet ten inches and weighed one hundred ten pounds.
After his discharge from the army, his dream was to farm. This took some time to establish, and, in the in terval, he worked at various odd jobs. As his wife was from this area, this was where he decided to locate. As a veteran he was eligible to purchase crown land. Thus, he applied for and purchased that part of the west half of 29-18-18, lying north and east of Ditch Lake.
Emma was born in the farm home in July, 1923, the fifth child in the Carlson family. She attended the Tales and Erickson schools and, during the school year of 1942-43, taught at the Tales School, on a special permit. The extreme shortage of teachers due to WWII created the necessity to issue these permits (special permission to teach in a specific school for a specified time period) in order to keep schools open. The next three years were spent working for the federal government, in Ottawa and Winnipeg. While working in Winnipeg, she met and married Dave. As Dave's plans were still indefinite, Emma spent the next year as principal of the Onanole School (again, on a special principal's permit).
During this year, Dave made a definite decision to farm, and the frustrating struggle to purchase land began. Purchase was not finalized until 1949 when work began on the structure of a small barn and small house (later to be converted to a hen house). While waiting for his land purchase to be completed, Emma was "at home" either with her parents on the farm or his parents in Winnipeg. In June, 1948, a daughter, Dawn Andrea, was born. In April, 1950, they were finally able to move to "29".
The next years were busy establishing a farm home, the building of a new house, grain bins, fencing and the usual rounds of farm work. In April, 1956, a son, Warren David, was adopted. During the years of farming, Dave had suffered from recurring periods of poor health related to his sojourn in prison camp. Thus, in the fall of 1957, he decided to seek work off the farm. The land was sold to Algot Hall and the family moved to the house on the old B.J. Anderson farm (at that time owned by Peter Slobodian) south of Erickson. That winter Dave worked part-time with Beaver Lumber and then on the clearing of the right-of-way for the construction of the hydro-high tension line through the park. The spring of '58 brought full-time employment with Beaver Lumber. In the fall of '59 the family moved again, this time into the Clara Lee house on the south side of Erickson. In January, 1960, Dave was transferred to work in the Beaver Lumber yard at Dauphin. The family followed in November, 1960,