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Jean Mitch of Shoal Lake, Manitoba. They lived in Grandma Magda Oleniuk home in Erickson for seven years. Julian and Jean built a new home on the family farm where they reside at present. They have five children; Monica Marie born April 28, 1969, Murray Joseph born April 22, 1970, Juliana Jean born November 9, 1975, Carmela Rose born April 27, 1977, and Bernard Myron Peter born December 1, 1980.
W ARW ARUK, WES AND ROSE by Rose Warwaruk
Wes, was born February 29, 1906, at Sandy Lake, son of Thomas and Katherine Warwaruk. His mother and father died when he was very young. Wes was taken into the Children's Aid in Winnipeg. From there he went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Arnel of Fannystelle, Manitoba. He stayed there till 1925 when he came to Erickson, Manitoba.
He started farming and farmed for many years in the Westmount district.
On October 26, 1931, he married Rose Olenuik and they continued farming till they moved to Erickson. They were blessed with one son, Louis Victor. Louis was born May 24, 1936, received his education at Westmount and Erickson High School. He worked as a bookkeeper in several places. Louis took a hairdressing course in Winnipeg and Regina. Louis married Verna Wolski of Rackham, Manitoba. They owned a beauty shop in Shilo and in Brandon. He took his flying training in Brandon, received his wings in 1965. Louis and Verna had two daughters:
Brenda Joan, born January 29, 1963. Karen Louise, born October 25, 1966.
They reside in Brandon. Louis passed away September 5, 1970.
WATERBURY, RAY AND EDNA
by Wilda Carlson
Ray and Edna Waterbury moved to Erickson from Birtle in 1945 when they purchased the Ban Theatre. They operated the theatre for 18 years; then they retired to Strathclair.
During their time in Erickson the Waterbury's were very active in community affairs. Edna was a tireless worker in the Erickson Women's Institute and Ray helped many farmers who had sick livestock.
Ray brought the first palomino walking horse into Manitoba, and their daughter, Corrine, and the Knight girls spent many happy hours riding and grooming it and the other Waterbury horses.
The Waterburys had four children. Orville was killed in action in World War II on March 12, 1943. He was the first person in Manitoba to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross. Lafe became a veterinarian. He was killed in a hurricane while doing research work in St. Louis. Don and his wife live at Gravenhurst, Ont., and Mrs. Corrine Kaye lives at Lake Field, Ont. Mr. and Mrs.
Waterbury have three grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Ray and Edna celebrated their 67th wedding an niversary in September, 1983, in their present home in Morley House, Shoal Lake, Man.
Editor's Note: Edna passed away Dec. 23, 1983.
WATSON, WILLIAM AND SARAH
by lena West
William Watson and Sarah Jane Wilson were married in Arnprior, Renfrew County, Ontario, on the 14th day of April, 1873. William was then a widower with four children - John, Agnes, Maggie and Sarah.
Sarah Jane was a widow with one son, George Gilbert.
They lived in Arnprior, then later moved to a farm at Coldon, Ontario, then came west buying a homestead near Stonewall. They found this land very stony so sold it October 7, 1899, and moved west to buy land in what soon became known as Clanwilliam. Their house, situated on the west side of their homestead, became one of the first in the Village and lots were sold from their land for most of the houses on the east side of Main street; including the land for "Grey School" 1356.
William farmed and Sarah Jane soon became renowned for her excellent cooking and the early ministers and teachers boarded there. The men sent out to build the first two elevators in 1903 took their meals there as did many men who hauled wood regularly to Minnedosa.
William and Sarah Jane Watson.
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