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the municipal council as reeve for a number of years. Seibert and Mamie were divorced and Seibert married Vera Clayton. Seibert and Vera farmed actively in Danvers until upon retirement, they moved to Creston, B.C.
Fredrick followed his father's footsteps as a farmer, but then gave up farming to become a storekeeper in Onanole. After selling the store, Fred went back to farming and still resides in Onanole. Fred married Lorna Bold, a local Onanole girl. They had two children; Brenda and Terry. Brenda married Harold Moore and resided in Brandon. Brenda divorced and married Rick Lustig and are presently living in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Brenda is a Phys. Nurse. Terry married Brian Foxton and is presently living and working in Minnedosa.
Melvin married Beatrice Jean Hodges, a local girl from Onanole. After being married, they moved to Flin Flon, Manitoba, and he was a miner for three years. The first of four, Rodney, was born in Flin Flon on June 29, 1950. Mel and Bea moved from Flin Flon back to Erickson where the birth of their second child took place. Charlene was born June 7, 1952, and passed away seven months later. Melvin and Bea moved to Winnipeg where Melvin became a Winnipeg Police Officer. Third child, Chris was born in Winnipeg on December 25, 1955. Melvin and Bea decided to move back to Erickson and bought the original Severine Wetteland farm. Maureen, the fourth child, was born in Erickson on July 24, 1960. Melvin, Bea and family moved to Winnipegosis and worked for a truck firm for a time but decided farming was the best life for them and moved back to the farm where they are presently living. Rodney joined the Royal Canadian Navy and is presently living in Victoria, B.C. with his wife Wanda Jezirski whom is also in the Navy. Chris lives in Erickson with wife Bev. They are present owners of the Erickson Laundromat. Chris also works for the Co-op. Chris and Bev. have a daughter Meghan Bree, born November 24, 1983. Maureen, the youngest of the family is living in Victoria, B.C., attending Camosum College.
Phyllis, the only daughter of Bertha and Frederick grew up on the farm and then moved to Winnipeg and became a teacher and later worked for Manitoba Hydro. She later moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1960. Here she married Leon J ones and they now reside in Longview, Texas.
Lawrence, youngest son also followed his father's footsteps and became a farmer. He farmed his father's land and also purchased his Uncle Marvin Gusdal's farm where he presently resides. Lawrence recently bought his own semi truck and works for Arnold Brothers Trucking firm.
Fredrick Wetteland passed away in Erickson after a number of strokes, on June 3, 1969. Bertha Wetteland passed away May 13, 1980. They are both buried at Bethel Lutheran Church cemetery in Danvers.
Berner Christen was Svale and Guri's fifth child. He married a local girl, Ellen Holmstrom. They lived on his father's land in the Danvers district until the death of Ellen's father. They then moved to Basswood to the quarter section left to Ellen by her father. It was the homeplace of the Holmstrom's with a large brick house
that was destroyed by fire while Ellen and Berner lived there. They had no children. Berner was an avid fisherman and hunter. Berner and Ellen were affiliated with the Presbyterian church in Basswood. They were both killed in a tragic car accident in 1972 less than half a mile of where they were both born.
Thomas was born June 17, 1894, and died from pneumonia on January 12, 1923.
Severin married Sylvia Gusdal and they settled in a log house on the farm next to his father's. Their children Pauline, Stanford, Thomas and Melbert were born there. Severin cut logs and had the lumber sawed at Berner and Fred's mill on the family homestead. He then built a large family home. Here Shirley and Marlys were new ad ditions to the family. All five children were confirmed in Danvers church. Carolyn was chosen to be a member of the family in 1946, and brought much happiness to all. Severin and Sylvia moved to B. C. in 1955. Pauline
married Edward Buss of Winnipeg. They now live in Maple Ridge as do their sons Marshall, Randy and Collin. Lyle is in Winnipeg. Stanford married Florence Hilistrand of Hilltop and lives in Mission, B.C. They have one son Kevin. Thomas married Rita McIntyre of Vista and they live in Mission as do their children Terry and Marine. Shirley and husband, Clifford Gronlund, are in Aldergrove with their children Sheila, Ronnie and Sharon. Marlys is now Mrs. Ted Morrow of Ioca and have three children, Timmy, Darian and Cathy along with two stepchildren Craig and Brad. Carolyn married Ken Isley of Port Coquitlam, B.C., where they reside with two children, Brenda and Richard. Severin passed away in 1963, and Sylvia is in a nursing home in Coquitlam.
Selma was the last born of the family. She married Henning Bloomfeld. They had three children, Leonard, Melbert and Henning Jr. They moved to Sweden in 1939, and returned in the fifties to reside in 100 Mile House, where Selma at eighty-four is the only surviving member of the family. Her mind is still good but her health is starting to fail her.
WHITAKER, WILLIAM AND WINIFRED
by Win Whitaker
William Hartley Whitaker was born in St. James, Man., on November 18, 1912, the second son of William Whitaker and Margaret Mae Fogg, who were married in Winnipeg in 1909. Bill's dad emigrated from Yorkshire, England, in 1902. Winifred Lily Simm was born in Lancashire, England, on September 13, 1913, arriving in Winnipeg in February, 1928. Her father, John Simm, had emigrated to the Solsgirth district in 1923 with the intention of taking up a homestead but 1923, was not a good year and he ended up in Winnipeg, resuming his occupation as a carpenter. His wife and four children joined him in 1928.
Bill worked at various jobs after leaving school, in cluding bricklayers helper, board marker at the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, mail boy at the Canadian Wheat Pool and installing lightning rods on grain elevators in the prairie provinces for Robbins Lightning Protectors of St.