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Altogether, in my opinion a place more suitable for a Scandinavian colony could scarcely be found. All over
can be found a wealth of timber, hayland and good water, also excellent soil. It leaves little to be wished for. The obligations in taking up land are easy to fulfill but you can always get help, in as many cases as possible, from the government and the Railway Co. officials. Work with good pay is easy to get in the summer so the pioneer can, within a short time, earn enough to buy some equipment.
Food is very cheap. Besides you can almost live the year round on the spoils of the hunt for the country is teeming with wild life. There is no doubt that here is a good place for Scandinavians to make their homes.
with respect S.F. Wetteland
The first summer Svale lived at the Immigration house located where the old Scandinavia Store was. Each morning he walked to his new land and cleared bush. Part of staying in Canada was that each new landowner must clear seven to ten acres and begin to prepare it for farmland.
Upon clearing 10 acres, he went back to Grafton where his wife Guri waited. Leaving as soon as possible in the spring of 1888, he moved to the area still known as Danvers.
That summer he cleared more land and built a shack from logs he had cut the year before. This shack was built just behind the second house he built which still stands today.
On January 15, 1889, the first white baby of the Danvers' area was born. It was also Svale's and Gurina's first boy, Fredrick Wetteland.
Svale began farming in earnest. He also became in- volved in some of the community efforts as the population grew. A school, new church and other boards were graced with Svale's opinions and leadership. Svale was also the school trustee for the area. Four more children were added to the growing family, Berner Christen born June 15, 1893, Thomas June 17, 1894, Severin born December 22, 1896, and the youngest Selma born October 28, 1899.
Svale and Guri lived a full life being very involved with family and community. Svale Fanuelsen Wetteland passed away September 21, 1933, at Danvers, Manitoba, age 75. His wife Guri died March 31, 1935, in Danvers also, age 79.
Svale's and Guri's family carried on the Wetteland name and became involved with the thriving new com munity.
Christina, eldest daughter married August Moline. He passed away and she remarried William Cooper.
Dora next in line married Burly Stone. Burly worked for the railroad. Shortly after being married Dora and Burly moved to Winnipeg. They had three children; Dorothy, Gertie and George. Dora and Burly moved to Vancouver on retirement. Gertie also resides in Van couver and George resides down east in Ontario. Dora passed away February 17, 1966.
Sophia married Tom Mansfield. Tom was a railroad man. They resided in Winnipeg. They had four children; Lil, Eva, Doris and Tom Jr. Sophia passed away June 3, 1969.
Fredrick farmed as his father had. As a strapping young man, he worked one summer for a threshing gang south of Minnedosa. He also worked on his father's farm. He ventured into a partnership in a local garage in Erickson but it did not last long and returned to farming. He married Bertha Matelda Gusdal April 30, 1918. They first lived in a small house that is now standing at the Henry Wall farm. Later he began building his own house in the spring of 1920, and is still standing structurally sound today. The timber and cedar shakes were shipped from B.C. Emil Johnston and Frederick built the house. Frederick and Bertha had five children. Seibert Mathias born in Erickson December 28, 1918, Fredrick Burliegh born at home May 29, 1923, Melvin Leonard also born at home September 20, 1928, Phyllis Gwendolyn born January 5, 1932, in Erickson and Lawrence Earl March 2, 1934, born in Erickson.
Frederick and Bertha were very active members of the community. Fred served as a school trustee for Danvers for 22 years. He was also a councillor for many years. Their home was always open to the travelling minister that served the church. The local school teacher, Leonard Neva also boarded with Frederick and Bertha for 12 years.
Fred Wetteland Family. Standing. Left to Right: Frederick. Seibert. Seated: Fred. Centre: Phyllis. Seibert, Lawrence. Seated: Bertha.
Seibert, eldest son bought a farm about a mile from his father's S.W. 20-18-18W. He married Mamie Challborn and had one son, Dwain born on April 17, 1949. Dwain is the oldest grandson and the tallest. Dwain is a member of the R.C.M.P. He married Beverley Huggins from Vancouver, B.C. They have three children; Michelle, Mathew and Melissa. They are presently living in Duncan, B.C. Seibert, like his father took an active part in the community. He was a school trustee and served on