S: Family History
FC: The Bakkestad-McKinstry Family History
1: This book is dedicated to the memory of Jean Elizabeth McKinstry Bakkestad and Elling Oliver Bakkestad After Mom and Dad died, I had in my possession their family letters, obituaries, family histories and pictures. The stories depicted come from these sources and from personal anecdotes. This book is meant to tell the lives of our immediate relatives and ourselves in a meaningful way. My hope was that these stories and pictures could be passed down to future generations and that everyone in our family could have access to them. These stories are our roots, and they influence who we are. I want to thank all the contributers to this book. Your stories bring life and connections to our family. A special acknowledgment to Robert Baycroft (descendant of William Baycroft) who in his research provided information on the Jane Green and Baycroft family and to Steven Vass who provided information on the McKinstry Family. Like so many other family history books, this is only the beginning and I hope as new members come along, that their names and life stories can be added. Vicky Bakkestad-Stueck 2016
2: Jean Elizabeth McKinstry
3: Mother | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Jean McKinstry | Ethel Baycroft | Edmund McKinstry | Jane Green | Thomas Baycroft | Hannah Craig | John Mckinstry | Jane McNaught | Henry Green | George Baycroft | Elizabeth Nash | Amanda Beeman | James Craig | Sarah Carr/Kerr | Robert Mckinstry
4: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. | Jean's Parents Ethel Baycroft and Edmund McKinstry
5: Maternal Grandmother Ethel May Susan Baycroft Born August 16, 1880 Beeton, Ontario Died June 16th, 1978 in Assiniboia,Saskatchewan Ethel's parents were: Thomas Baycroft Born 1828 in Colne, Lancashire England Died February 7th, 1904 in Beeton, Ontario and Jane Green Born 1842 in Dublin, Ireland Died November 26th, 1915 in Beeton, Ontario Thomas's Parents were George Baycroft Born July 15,1783 Died Sept 28th ,1858 in Beeton, Ontario and Elizabeth Nash Born July19,1785 Died March 30th,1855 in Beeton, Ontario Jane 's Parents were Jane McNaught Born 1810 -Died Dec. 30th ,1895 and Henry Green
6: Ethel's Parents Story (Thomas Baycroft and Jane Green) Thomas's parents, George and Elizabeth Baycroft sailed for Montreal in 1831. They spent three years in Toronto. In 1834 ,the family homesteaded on Lot 19, Concession 9, Tecumseth Township, Simcoe County Ontario. George and Elizabeth had eight children, Thomas was the youngest boy. The children's names were Richard, George Jr. (married Jane McNaught,Jane Green's mother), John, Sarah, Edward, Mary Jane, Henry and Thomas. George Baycroft was a weaver by trade, however, he spent 16 years in the Eight Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. He joined on July 29th ,1801 and was discharged on March 31st,1816. His discharge papers refer to him as a gunner. He was described as being 34 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, light hair, hazel eyes and fair complexion. Jane's mother, Jane McNaught Green came from an Irish family that worked the land. Henry Green's(Jane McNaught's first husband) family had a very successful business as "Tailors and Clothiers" in Ireland. The couple announced their intention to get married but both families objected strongly. Despite their parents feelings, they eloped. In the fury that followed, both families disowned them. Despite all their efforts they could not get their families to relent. They decided to leave Dublin, Ireland and seek their fortune in Canada where Jane's brother lived. | They saved their money over the next several years and then booked passage for themselves and their two daughters Sarah and Jane. Just prior to leaving, Jane's husband Henry died. Jane was devastated by her husband's death. She decided to go to Canada anyway with her two daughters where she could live with her brother, Thomas McNaught. Thomas McNaught lived on the land adjacent to George and Elizabeth Baycroft. Jane McNaught Green arrived with her two daughters and it was shortly afterwards that she met George's second eldest son George Jr. A letter written by George's Jr. grandson in the 1930's tells that George Jr. met Jane McNaught Green while getting water from a nearby stream. They married several months later on November 15, 1847. Sixteen years later Thomas Baycroft and Jane Green ( Jane McNaught Green's daughter) were married on May 24th, 1863
7: Jane Green Baycroft | Jane Green Baycroft and her sister Sarah | Thomas worked the farm his entire life. Thomas was a hard worker and the farm eventually grew to over 600 acres. Thomas and his eldest son George built the large red brick farmhouse that still stands today. Thomas and Jane had eight children. Their children were George Henry Baycroft born April 30, 1865 Jane(Jennie) Eveline Baycroft born June 2,1867 Elizabeth (Libby) Adele Baycroft born March 7,1869 Mary(Minnie) Grace Baycroft born February 11,1871 William Edward Baycroft born March 8,1873 Olive Alvina Baycroft born August 23,1875 Ethel (Tet) May Susan born August 19,1880 Bertha Sarah Baycroft born August 15,1883
8: The Baycroft House near Beeton Ontario with Ethel, Bertha and Olive on the grass. Jane is on the veranda Taken around 1900 | The same Baycroft House taken in 2009 by Dean and Vicky Stueck
9: Bertha and Ethel Baycroft | Ethel and Olive Baycroft Men unknown | Ethel told me she completed her grade 8. That was all a girl needed . She learned how to make hats. She loved music and loved to sing. She had a great sense of humor, often laughing and making jokes. The farm she was raised on had many animals and birds such as horses, cows, sheep, guinea hens, peacocks and chickens, and an orchard with apples, plums, cherries and pears. There was a music room in their house that had a harp, piano, violin, banjo, and mandolins, that the children learned to play. Ethel and her sister Bertha went to Dauphin, Manitoba to visit their sister Olive. It was there Ethel met and married Edmund McKinstry in 1910, and Bertha married "Bud" in 1909.
10: Maternal Grandfather Edmund Elwin McKinstry Born June 25th, 1881 in Ottawa, Ontario Died January 24th, 1923 in Brandon, Manitoba Edmund's Parents were: John Calvin McKinstry Born July 9th, 1857, baptized on Oct 19th, in Ottawa and Hannah E Craig John's parents were Robert and Sarah Carr/Kerr. John had 3 siblings. They were: Alice - (Feb16th, 1856-April 24th,1935 in Vancouver BC). She married William W Neeland. They had three children, Robert, John, and Thomas. Herbert Theodore Monrose - (May 24th,1863-Sept 8, 1921 in Popular Point, Manitoba). He married Mary Morrison. They had 7 children, Lloyda May, Horrace Pollock, Jean Smith, Sarah Kerr, Georgina Mary, Ida Alice and Roderick Ross. Robert Elwyn - (December 17, 1869-1954 in Carleton, Ontario). His first wife was Maude Howe. They had 2 children Elwyn Robert, and Gordon Herbert. Maude died in 1867 and Gordon died in1898. Robert Elwyn then married Sarah Rankin. They had 4 children, Mary Olive, Sarah Aileen, Gordon Douglas and Eric Mutchmore. | Elwyn Robert - (Sept 24, 1890-December 24, 1928 Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut) married Mabel Rebecca Whillans. They had 5 children, Maude Fern, Elwyn Robert, George W, Barbara, and Mable. Mabel and the toddlers, Maude and Elwyn crossed the American border in Oct 1915, Elwyn crossed in Sept 1917. They became US citizens in February 1922.
11: Hannah Craig McKinstry & John McKinstry
12: John and Hannah's two sons were Edmund and Ernest. When John left, Hannah had to sell the house, move to a suite and go to work. She took a job as a house keeper in a Restroom where people could wait for their families, Mostly rural folks made use of it's facilities. Hannah suffered from rheumatism but kept on working until she was over seventy. Her grandchildren, Elwin and Jean, spent a lot of time with their Grandmother Hannah. In the summer, she would take the children to visit her son Ernest, who lived on a homestead near Prairie River (soldier settlement after WW1). "It was very beautiful in the wilderness with flowers, berries, trees, a river with fish, beavers and birds." They would take the train to Prairie River and then travel by horse and wagon the 18 miles to the farm. Ernest never married; he developed diabetes and was found dead in his cabin on the homestead. Ethel and Bill Laidlaw (2nd husband) bought the land from Hannah's estate. They moved there for a year. | Edmund and Ernest McKinstry
13: Hannah' Parents were James Craig and Amanda Beeman. They were from Britain, immigrated to Canada and settled in Ottawa, where Hannah and the rest of the family were raised. John and Hannah Mckinstry John McKinstry and Hannah Craig were married on February 18, 1878. They had two sons and lived in Ottawa for some time. In 1903, the family moved to Dauphin, Manitoba where John and his two sons went into the horse livery business. John's nickname was Colonel McKinstry. The family lived in a very pretentious house where there was a house maid and a gardener who looked after the grounds. John became enamored with the maid and ran off with her to Los Angeles. He sent his picture to Edmund, (his son) but was never seen again. | John McKinstry, a postcard sent to his son from California signed "the Colonel 65 years" | Hannah Craig McKinistry
14: Ernest Bird McKinstry (standing) and Edmund Elwin McKinstry | John and Hannah and Edmund (standing) and Ernest Mckinstry
15: Ethel and Edmund (Ed) McKinstry Ethel May Susan Baycroft Born August 19th, 1880 in Beeton, Ontario Died June 16th, 1978 in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan Edmund Elwin McKinstry Born June 25th, 1881 in Ottawa, Ontario Died January 24th, 1923 in Brandon, Manitoba Ethel and Edmund were married on June 20th ,1910 They had three children: Jean Elizabeth Born February 7th, 1914 in Dauphin, Manitoba Died June 29th, 2005 in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan Bernice Olive Born January 5th, 1916 in Dauphin, Manitoba Died October 31st, 1920 in Dauphin, Manitoba Elwin Ernest Born May 6th, 1918 in Dauphin, Manitoba Died December 20th, 1995 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Records show an unnamed Mckinstry baby born and died on Jan 29,1911 in Dauphin, Manitoba
16: Merritt & Olive Spillett (sitting) Ethel & Edmund McKinstry | The McKinstry Children Bernice, Jean and Elwin | Jean and Elwin
17: Edmund and Paddy by the livery stable | Honeymoon picture, Ethel and Edmund
18: Edmund and Ethel lived in a duplex across from the Livery Barn. He owned a race horse named Paddy Green, a standard bred harness horse. He enjoyed hunting ducks, geese, deer and elk. The family often stayed in a cottage at Lake Dauphin where they fished and the children learned to swim. Edmund was accidentally injured in a fall from a horse he was breaking. His skull was fractured and he required a silver plate to repair it. In a short time an abscess formed which caused his death. He was never well enough to get out of the hospital. Edmund's obituary states: he died in Brandon after a prolonged illness. He was a noted hockey player in Dauphin. It states he was survived by his wife, two children, his mother in Dauphin,his father in California and his brother in Prairie River. He was 42 years old. While Ed was hospitalized, 4 year old Bernice was stricken with diphtheria and within three days dies. Jean remembered coming home from "Trick or Treating " when Bernice took ill. She remembered Bernice having a trachea to help her breathe. She also remembered Ethel putting garlic around her and Elwin's neck to prevent them from getting sick. Another account says that Ethel took in boarders to help defray costs. Soon after Ed died, Ethel decided to move to Regina, Saskatchewan to take a hairdressing course. Jean hated Regina. They lived in an apartment and she and Elwin had to be quiet all the time or the neighbors complained. Ethel's first job was in Weyburn. Ethel had a cousin living there. The family stayed there for a year. A better job turned up in Assiniboia where Ethel worked for Ernie White (1926). Records show an Ethel Mckinstry married a Leonard Cameron on Oct 16, 1924. Marriage was annulled and Ethel moved to Regina | Ethel in her later years | Edmund
19: Ethel and Edmund's house in Dauphin | Jean and Bernice | Jean and Bernice Hannah, Jean and Elwin
20: Ethel soon decided to buy a house in Assiniboia where she set up her own hair dressing business which she operated for many years. An interesting note is that Ethel had two $1000.00 bonds. She bought a house with one, and a car with the other. Ethel would take in garden vegetables and chickens in lieu of cash for hair cuts and perms during the 1930's. She had no electricity then so her curling irons were heated on the stove. When she retired, she found it difficult to walk and tended to shuffle. We assumed it was from standing while doing hair for all those years. Ethel married Bill Laidlaw. Bill was born in Guelph Ontario on February 1891. He moved to Assiniboia in 1920. Bill drove truck for Freightways for many years. They did at one time move to Prairie River to try farming but they didn't stay too long. "Grandpa Bill" died of a heart attack in his beloved garden on June 6th, 1962. Ethel lived in her own home well into her nineties. She spent her final years in the nursing home in Assiniboia. where she died at the age of 97. | Ethel's house in Assiniboia | Bill and Ethel
21: Bill, Ethel and Jean
22: Olive Alvina Spillett (Ethel's older sister who also lived in Dauphin) Olive moved to Dauphin with her husband Merritt Spillett in 1902. Merritts's obituary states he was a progressive business man. He died at the age of 59. He came to Dauphin at age 11 with his parents, Mr. and Mrs Isaac Spillett. They farmed 8 miles west of Dauphin. He and Olive lived for several years at the foot of the mountain close by the Vermillian River. He acquired several other farms, either supervising the operation or farming himself. In the early 1920's, they moved to town and opened an automobile agency and garage business. He later acquired a ladies clothing store. In 1930 he sold the garage business and enlarged his other interests in the merchandising field. He owned stores in Dauphin, Yorkton and Estevan. He carried stocks at Roblin and Swan River. He was very active in the operating of these business spending several days on end driving between them. In 1933 his health began to fail, and he spent time at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Aunt Ollie was wealthy compared to our family. She was very kind to Jean, often sending her clothes. Ollie had a summer cabin at Clear Water Lake. Jean often spoke of the times when she would visit there. Ollie and Bertha would often make the trip to Assiniboia to visit Ethel. Their last trip was in 1973 to attend Vicky's wedding. | Mercedith Spillet (Jean's cousin, Bertha's daughter) Olive, Ethel, Bertha and Jean
23: Merritt & Olive Olive in Dauphin Ethel, Olive & Bertha in Assiniboia (1973). Jeans Cousin Mercedith and sister-in-law Ruby McKinstry Ethel & Olive in Assiniboia
25: Elwin Ernest McKinstry Elwin graduated from high school in 1936. He then attended a school for hairdressers in Minneapolis. He worked in his mother's shop and then in Rockglen and Lafleche (Saskatchewan). He married Ruby Carefoot in1940. Ruby grew up in Limerick, Saskatchewan. Elwin joined the army during WW11. He worked in a munitions plant and then joined the army to become a commissioned officer. He was invalided out of the army because of a stomach ulcer. After the war, he worked in Vancouver and then moved to Saskatoon where he worked for many years for Mid-City motors as a bookkeeper and secretary. He also worked for Ted Henson Pontiac from 1970-1988. Elwin and Ruby were married in Ruby's parents home. They had three children. Errol born July 1,1941 Brian born June 13 ,1943 Barbara born Jan 4,1948 Errol became a psychiatrist. He has one daughter Megan who was born in 1982. Errol lives in Vancouver. Megan became a doctor Brian married Monica. They had three children Kai born in 1976 Katia born in 1981 Nina born in ??? Brain and Monica lived in Saskatoon. Monica was from Germany. Both Brian and Monica have passed away, both from Cancer. Barbara has two children Ahme Caitlin Barbara lives in Ontario.
26: In 1926, Ethel, Jean and Elwin moved to Assiniboia. Jean spent her teenage years in Assiniboia starting school there in Grade 8. She graduated in 1931. She then attended Moose Jaw Normal School in 1931-1932. Normal School was where people went to school for teacher training. All one needed at the time was one year of training. Jean taught school in rural Saskatchewan for seven years. Teaching in the 1930's was difficult. Jean taught in one room schools that were multi-graded and sometimes had 40 student. Schools had very little cash to pay their teachers. Sometimes they were only paid their room and board. She spent may years after she was married as a substitute teacher in the district, most often in Assiniboia. Jean was very athletic. She was an accomplisher tennis player, swimmer, and diver. She played volleyball in high school and basketball in high school and Normal school. Jean loved company and dancing.
27: ". | Jean | Jean and Ethel | High School Basketball Team | Moose Jaw Normal School
28: Her home on the farm often hosted dinner parties and card games that went on late into the night. She belonged to several organizations, the Royal Purple, the Eastern Star and the Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the United Church and sang in the choir. When Jean married Elling she had to learn how to be a farmer's wife (no easy chore). She said she didn't do much cooking at home, so all this she had to learn as well as how to do all those things a farmer's wife had to do. She loved her garden, especially when they moved to town where she was able to water it occasionally. On the farm, the vegetable garden provided the family with potatoes, carrots, peas, turnips, parsnips, onions, cucumbers, and pumpkins. The garden was harvested in the fall and these vegetables provided food for the winter. Jean loved her clothes, she always dressed very sharp. She enjoyed showing off her new clothes to us (her daughters) when we came to visit.
29: She knew how to be frugal. She would take apart old clothes and make them into a new dress for the "girls". She was never idle, she always had a project "on the go". During the years on the farm, every day had a purpose. Monday was wash day. It took all day to wash clothes. She had a wringer washer. The same water was used to wash all the clothes. She put them through a wringer and into a big tub that was filled with water. That was the rinsing tub. These clothes had to go through the wringer once more. Some clothes were bleached and that task took place after she had rinsed them. The first wash was the white clothes, second wash was light colors. Elling's overalls were the last. There was no dryer so all the clothes had to be hung on the clothes line, even in the winter. They were brought into the house frozen, and as they thawed out they were mostly dry. Tuesday was ironing day. The house was cleaned on Saturday, and it was also baking day. Cookies and cakes were made for the upcoming week. Because we milked cows twice a day, the cream separator had to be washed and sterilized twice a day. That was a very onerous job, but very necessary. Butter was made when there was enough cream collected. Meals were well planned and always prepared by Jean. They were always on time, breakfast at 7:30, dinner at 12:00, and supper at 6:00. Coffee was in the mid afternoon served with baking of some sort. Just before bedtime there was a light lunch. During harvest season, meals and coffee were brought out to the field to the "men". There were chickens, geese and some turkeys during the years. Eggs were picked everyday. The slop pail, filled with potato peelings and other kitchen scraps were fed to the pigs. Paper garbage was separated and burned, the cans were taken to the "junk pile". We had our own recycling process.
30: Elling Oliver Bakkestad His Story
31: Father | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Elling Bakkestad | Bergit Myking | Tollef Bakkestad | Haldis Hoff | Ole Myking | Kari Sveinsdotter | ErlingBakkestad | Tore Helling | Anne Dengerud | Aagot Olsdatter | Knut Myking | Birgit Halvorsd | Sven Tordsen | Ragnhild Tollefsd | Torleiv Bakkestad
32: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. | The story of Elling "Buck" Bakkestad is full of rich history and wonderful stories. Buck was a great story teller and was vehemently proud of his Norwegian ancestry. He did engage his daughters with this heritage so much that we often forgot the maternal side and believed we were just as Norwegian as he was. The nickname "Buck" has some dissension as to its origin. Whether he was bucked off a horse, or if his buck turned out to be a doe is unknown. All we know is that the community knew him as Buck, but his family knew him as Elling. Elling's story for this document begins in Norway. Each of his daughters have received a document that his grandfather produced that has the family tree dating back to 1590. This family history will only go back to Erling T Bakkestad, Elling's grandfather.
33: Ellings Parents were Tollef Erlingsen Bekkestad Born August 5th, 1876 in Al, Norway Died May 16th, 1948 in Assiniboia, Sask. and Bergit Olsdatter Myking Born November 15,1868 in Norway Died July 26th 1945 in Assiniboia, Sask.
34: Kari Sveinsdotter and Erling Torleivesen Bekkestad
35: Tollef's parents were Erling T Bekkestad born August 5th,1850, died in 1945 and Kari Sveinsdotter born Sept 28th, 1846, died December 7th,1930 When Erling was only 17 years old his father drowned in the river (1867). The family moved lower down the mountain after that. Erling was a school teacher for over 50 years. He was involved with the Norwegian underground during WWII. He was instrumental in purchasing the Hallingdal banner for the Norwegians who emigrated to America from the Hallindal Valley. This banner is used at the Hallingdal reunions annually. He wrote a family history in 1926, that dates back to1590. | Hallingdal Banner | Bakkestad Farm
36: The Bekkestad Family in Norway Erling T and Kari Tollef (Torleiv) is standing in the back row The other children are Ragnhild, Bergit, Svein, Thor, & baby Nils
37: Tollef Bakkestad was born on Nov 1st, 1876 near Al, Hallingdal Norway. He emigrated to United States around 1900 to Rothsay, Minnisota where his cousin Sven Larson lived. Here he worked as a wheelwright (blacksmith) for some time. He then homesteaded on 40 acres near Esmond, North Dakota. My understanding is that he left the farm in Norway because he thought there was more opportunity in America Note: Bekkestad and Bakkestad. what spelling is correct? Answer-they both are. My understanding is that the letter e in Norwegian sounds like the short a in English and it looks different. I think Tollef chose to use a when he came to America where in Norway they use the e. | Erling T Bekkestad
38: This story was submitted by Bill Bekkestad, our American Cousin This is the copy of the official seal of our grandparents, same for you as well as me, with many greats, greats, more than I can list. This seal was used in 1568 for all official recordings of important papers and matters. It was given to me by Knut Gulsirk in Decorah, Iowa this summer. He is 88 years young and very proud of his Heritage. They also visited us at our home after the Hallinglag. I might also add that not only Bekkestad but also Myking blood runs back to this line, one of the oldest on record in Hallingdal. You have many direct parents, we often joke about how we choose which ones we will talk about. This Homestead, Gulsvik is at the very beginning of the Hallingdal Valley, right on Lake Krodern so boats came to the call, here you had to go on Horse or cart into Hallingdal or foot. | This crest has been transferred to a file by Craig Mitchell and has been used on T-shirts and bags for the family. Carol and Craig have designed the Tshirts and bags.
39: Whats in a Name? In the Bakkestad family, as was in all of the Hallingdal Valley, Norway, names of children were set. The first born son's first name was the same as his paternal grandfather's, thus Tollef has the same first name as his grandfather Tollef. The second son was named after his maternal grandfather thus for example in Svein's case, Keri's father was Svein. All the farms had a name , and that farm and name went to the eldest son if he chose to live on the farm. Bekkestad is the name of the farm that Tollef came from . Translated it means " hill farm" Bekka-hill and stad-place or farm. The other sons would take the first name of their father plus son. So Svein would become Svein Erlingson. However, Svein returned to Norway and worked the family farm, so he took on the name Svein Bekkestad. The daughter's were named after their paternal and maternal grandmothers respectively. Their last name would be their father's first name plus dotter, for example Ragnhild would be Ragnhild Erlingsdotter. Once in Canada, all the children born to Tollef and Bergit had the surname Bakkestad. Elling is named after Tollef's father as were 3 other first cousin's in Norway. | The 4 Elling cousins, from left to right: Elling-Tollef's son-Canada Elling -Bergit's son-Norway Elling-Thor's son-Norway Elling-Svein's son-Norway
40: Bergit Myking, born Nov 15th, 1868 in Al, Norway, died 1945 in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan Bergit's parents were Ola Knutson Myking born 1823, died 1891 and Haldis Toresdotter Hoff born 1840, died 1897 Bergit emigrated from Al, Norway. The farm in Al where she grew up was the largest in that part of Norway, thus it was called Myke-Eng which means big farm. Bergit came by a sailing ship to New York. The ship had been used to haul cattle. It took six weeks to make the crossing. She was sea sick the whole time, and thus she never returned to Norway. She and her bother, Ole came to Esmond, North Dakota. Bergit just happened to file a homestead on the same section as Tollef. Bergit's brother Thom and her sister Anne had come to America before her. Bergit's sister Anne married Mikkell Mehus. Mikkell was born on June 22, 1870 in Hol, Hallindal Norway. He was very musical. In 1881 he emigrated to the United States. He taught Norwegian for a year in Esterville, Iowa. In 1884 he moved to Benson County, North Dakota and homesteaded there. The farm is referred to as Tee Claim Farm and is situated near Silver Lake. He married Anne Myking in June 1893. Anne was born on June 26, 1872. She died during the 1918 flu epidemic. | In 1902 the Mehus family moved to Brinsmade where Thom Myking and Mikkel opened a meat market. They wanted to be close to a school where the Mehus children could attend. In 1917, the family moved to Sykeston, North Dakota to be closer to Belle and Hilda. After Anne passed away, Mikkel moved back to the Tee Claim Farm near Silver Lake and started farming all over again. Thom Myking and his wife Anne lived on this farm as well. Mikkel and Anne had four children Oscar, Belle, Hilda, and Alma
41: The Myking Family Bergit is sitting on the far left The other family names are Knut, Aagot, Anne, Tore (Thom), Anne, and Ole. The older lady could be Haldis (mother)
42: Oscar Myking Mehus - born May 15, 1894 Oscar was named after King Oscar 11 of Norway and Sweden, and after his mother's family Myking. He received a degree in languages (Greek, Norwegian and English) from Ausberg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He became superintendent of schools for awhile. He later became a college professor of sociology and then a college president in Winona. He was also an education official in the Veterans Administration. Oscar married Emma Hille from Fergus Falls, Minnesota. They had three children Dorothy (1921) teacher and homemaker in Los Angeles. She married Teuban Lovret of Los Angeles. They had two children, Christine (1958) and David (1965). Donald (1925) spent several years in Norway as a teacher and journalist in Oslo. He now lives in New York working as a college teacher and a widely published International writer. | Orion (1927) a social worker living in New York City. As a violinist he has been a member of the Kansas City Philharmonic and has played in the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski in Carnage Hall. Emma passed away in January 1941. Oscar then married Jewell Davis of Warrensburg Missouri. Oscar and Jewell operated an antique shop near Branson Missouri. Oscar would write letters to Elling every Christmas for many years. | Belle Mehus born February 12, 1896. Belle studied music. She founded and became the director of the Mehus Conservatory of Music in Bismark, North Dakota. Hilda Mehus born March 21, 1898. Hilda became a psychologist. She died on April 26, 1977. She is buried near her parents. Alma Mehus born Dec 30, 1902. In the 1920's Alma studied piano in Europe. She performed as a piano soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic. In 1929 she married Leo Charles Studness of Devils Lake, North Dakota. They had two children Charles became a Wall Street Economist in New York City. He married Harriet Katz in 1968. They had three children Erica (1971) Lisa (1974) and Roy (1976) Anne studied voice and sang in the opera. She married William Bergstrom in 1961. They have two children Renard (1962) and Mira (1966).
43: Tollef and Bergit were married Dec. 3rd, 1903. One night on this homestead, Tollef awoke from his sleep to hear a crackling sound on the roof. The fuel used in the heater was flax straw which left a residue of oil on the roof. A flying spark had ignited it. Tollef hastened outside with a bucket of water. He was clad only in his undershirt and drawers. His drawers slipped down leaving him exposed to the weather. Fortunately the fire was extinguished, and the family and building were saved. They heard of homesteads opening up in Canada where they could have 160 acres for $10.00 and a chance to preempt on another quarter section of land. Tollef came to Canada in 1907 and homesteaded on one quarter and preempted on the adjoining quarter to the west. Tollef's brother Svein homesteaded the north quarter and brother Thor homesteaded south of Assiniboia. Bergit acquired the west quarter June 6th, 1916. Tollef went to North Dakota to accompany his wife and three little daughters, Hilda, Carrie, and Gunda to Canada. While he was gone a prairie fire swept across his land. Svein managed to save 25 acres of pasture and a shack. The family arrived in Canada on May 8, 1909 arriving in Moose Jaw by train (Soo Line- North Portal to Moose Jaw). | Svein road his bicycle 60 miles from the homestead to Moose Jaw to meet them. The family had a carload of settler's effects, implements, tools, and livestock - 4 oxen, 5 cows, 1 horse, 20 hens and necessary household things. The trip by oxen and wagon from Moose Jaw to the homestead took three days. They slept in a tent, drank water from sloughs, used milk from a cow, ate dried beef, and home made bread. The country looked very barren and desolate as the prairie fire had burned so much grass. Hilda, the eldest daughter, had memories of that trip. She told me of being scolded for not looking after a jewelery box which was run over by the wagon. She remembered the cookie barrel that the little girls were very interested in. She remembered being very happy to be at the homestead and having a sod house that was much better than sleeping on the trail. The family lived in a sod shack until their first lumber house was built.
44: A strong wind went through this area one day. Some sods were blown off the shack, leaving the poles exposed. Bergit shoved the three little girls under the table for their protection. A heavy rainfall came along wetting the floor and everything in its wake. Dish pans, and other pots were put on the beds to catch the drips. The lumber pile nearby (that was for the new house) was blown all over the yard. Tollef was away at the time getting wood and coal . Another time ,when Tollef was away to Moose Jaw for supplies, a coyote got into the barn and killed all the hens except one. It was quite a loss as there were no hens for many miles around. Despite all of this, the family remained to see the railroad built, roads developed, churches and schools established. It was lonely on this Saskatchewan homestead for Bergit. She did not speak English and there were very few women in the area. She lamented to Tollef and he said it would be better when the train came, Bergit responded "but how will they ever find us?" Water was hard to come by on the prairies, they would drink from the sloughs in the spring, straining water through cheese cloth. Babies suffered from summer complaint, a stomach ailment probably from drinking that water. | Eventually, A small two room structure replaced the soddie. Three adults (Tollef, Bergit and Svein) and 4 children lived in this small structure. Elling was born in this small home. It was covered with tar paper to make it warmer. There was no insulation. One winter both Tollef and Bergit suffered with rheumatic fever and were looked after by the neighbors from across the road. A two storey house eventually replaced the small framed house. Bergit and Tollef lived on the farm till the time of their death. Bergit died July 26th, 1945 from cancer. Tollef died May 16, 1948 after suffering a stroke. They are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan. Tollef and Bergit had five children Hilda Christine - born Feb 1st, 1904 on the North Dakota Homestead Carrie Amanda - born April 18, 1905 on the North Dakota Homestead Gunda Bertina - born March 3, 1907 on the North Dakota Homestead Elling Oliver - born Nov 4th ,1913 on the Homestead near Assiniboia Anne Thelma - born Sept 11, 1918 on the Homestead near Assiniboia
45: Soddie and then the first house of Bergit and Tollefs. Bergit with the three little girls and Tollef watering the horses by the well.
46: Bakkestad Family Tollef, Elling, Hilda, Gunda, Carrie and Bergit | Tollef, Elling, Carrie, Hilda, Anne, Gunda and Bergit
47: Bergit on the farm. She had long hair that she wore in a bun. | Bergit and the turkeys Bergit milking the cow. .
48: The family, Gunda, Anne, Carrie , Hilda and Elling. | Hilda, Gunda, Carrie and Elling | Hilda and Carrie Harvest cooks, taken by a mobile cook shack
49: Hilda Christine Bakkestad attended Jackson School, Outlook College for high school and then Regina Normal school for teacher training. She taught at Cavell School near Sturgis, Sask and Rhodes School south of Shaunavon, Sask. She married Andrew Olaus Anderson born Aug 28th, 1903 in Karmoi, Norway. He came to Canada at the age of three, living in Manitoba, Ontario and eventually came to a homestead in the Chamery area south of Shaunavon, Sask. Hilda and Andrew were married on July 11th, 1927 in Mossbank, Sask. They farmed south of Shaunavon where Andrew also had a small machine shop. He designed much of the equipment in his shop. They had one daughter, Thelma Bernice born Dec 30th, 1928 in Assiniboia. Bernice was educated at Rhodes, Shaunavon and Outlook College. She married Marvil Foss on January 1st, 1950 in Frontier, Sask. They had 5 children. Margaret born Jan 9th, 1953 Twyla born May 22nd, 1954 Daryl born Dec 24th, 1955 Corinne born Feb. 6th, 1960 Allan born Oct. 31st, 1966 Andrew died Sept 12,1984 Hilda died Feb, 2003 | LCBI or Outlook College is a Lutheran/ Scandinavian Bible College. Students from all over Saskatchewan can attend. It is a residential school. Students can finish their high school here, and also take a year of Bible School. Many of the early settlers around Outlook were Norwegians and Lutherans thus the attraction for the Bakkestad girls. Tollef had to drive the girls to Moose Jaw and then they could take the train to Outlook. There was no high school in the area so it was the only way the girls could finish their education.
50: Carrie Amanda (Kari) attended Jackson School, and Outlook College. She took a Commercial Course. She married Olaf Olson born in Al, Hallingdal Norway Aug. 20th ,1901 Carrie and Olaf were married on Oct 16,1927. They had three children Norman born Aug. 25th, 1928 - married Margaret Herfindal Born Aug. 9th, 1929 They had two children Duane born Jan.19th, 1955 Ellen born Dec. 6th, 1956 Arnold Gordon born June 27th, 1930 died May 22nd, 1975 -married Mildred(Milly) Hewitt born Sept. 23rd, 1934 died 2014 They had two children Douglas born June 24th,1964 (adopted) Karen born June 6, 1965 Beatrice Lorraine born Feb.9th, 1932 - married Lawrence Hewitt born March 2nd, 1923. They farmed near Mitchelton. They had five girls. Marjorie born May 27th ,1951 Iris born Jan.19th, 1955 Gail born Oct.15th, 1956 Phyllis born Dec. 8th, 1957 Debbie born Nov. 26th , 1961 Olaf died Oct. 18, 1993 Carrie died Jan. 22,2001
51: Gunda Bertina attended Jackson School, Outlook College, and Regina Normal School. She received the Governor General's medal for her high school marks. She taught school at Stefan, Maxstone, Weston, Hudson, and Marcliffe. She married Leonard Marshall on Dec. 22nd ,1939 in Assiniboia. Leonard was born on Oct. 9th, 1906 in Moose Jaw. When his father died, Leonard and his 3 siblings were put up for adoption as his mother could not care for them. Leonard went to the Marshalls in 1912 and they adopted him. He spent the rest of his life in the Shaunavon area Leonard died May 28th, 1970 Gunda died March 18th, 1989 They had no children
52: Anne Thelma was born when Bergit was 50 years old. She attended Jacskon School and then went to high school and did a business course in Assiniboia. Anne achieved her ACTM and taught piano lessons at home. She worked as a secretary in Assiniboia. She married Harry Sands (born Feb. 21st, 1914, died March 26th, 1963) on April 17th, 1948. Harry was overseas with the Canadian Army during WWII. He returned and worked for CPR as a conductor. After Harry died, Anne married Thomas Williams (born Jan. 19th, 1916, died March 3rd, 1974) on Oct. 19th, 1970. Thomas was a barber in Moose Jaw. Anne did not have any children. Anne died May 8th, 2010. | Anne and Harry Anne and Tom
53: Elling Oliver was born in the small two room house on the Bakkestad farm. Bergit was attended by a mid-wife. When he was about three years old he was scalded by boiling water that he pulled over on to himself. The only doctor was in Willow Bunch, about an hour away by car now. He recovered and suffered no ill effects from this accident. Elling also attended Jackson School. He rode horseback or in later years he drove a covered sleigh with Anne. He often talked about Dan-Patch, his favorite horse. He would tell stories of one teacher whose discipline included lining up the boys and hitting their hands with a yard stick. Dad did go to school until Grade 10. I assume he had enough of that and started farming with Tollef. He rented the quarter from Svein, who had now gone back to Norway and settled there. Eventually, Elling bought that quarter from Svein. The 1930's was a harsh decade for farmers. One story was that he only got enough grain off that quarter to feed Bergit's chickens. He did spend some autumns with a threshing crew travelling to Manitoba to work. One fall, Elling and a couple of friends decided to travel west to look for work. Fires were burning in the mountains and they had to help fight the fires. The road through the mountains was primitive enough to turn the group around and head back to Saskatchewan. The south country was Elling's domain. He would travel to the country schools to attend dances. He traveled to Shanavan or Frontier to visit his sisters by car, that they had to push up hill and then coast down hill. Even though there wasn't much money, there was always fun and friendship. | A picture of Elling and his friends going through the mountains.
54: Tending the Cattle | The Farm yard | Elling and Anne
55: The Farm in Assiniboia in the 1960's | Elevators on the prairie | Elling
56: Farming with horses (broom tails as Elling would refer to them)
57: Farming was done with horses and lots of blood sweat and tears. Manual labor was intensive. Feelings of accomplishment after harvest brought the strong sense of self worth for the men and women of the prairies. But time goes on and with that so did technology. A 98 Massey Harris combine was purchased to ease the need for a harvest crew. Dad told me that Bergit was very disappointed with him for buying a combine, thus closing the chapter on the threshing machine.
58: Elling and Jean Married Nov. 11, 1939
59: Early pictures of Elling and Jean The Wedding party. Ethel, Lenoard, Elling, Jean, Gunda, Anne, Sitting, Aunt Olive, and Elwin.
60: The wedding took place on November 11th, 1939. It was held in the Old United Church, officiated by a Lutheran minister. Anne Bakkestad was the organist, Elwin McKinstry gave the bride away, Aunt Ollie was the matron of honor, Gunda Bakkestad Marshall was the bridesmaid, and Leonard Marshall was the best man. The supper was held in Ethel and Bill Laidlaw's house. Other folks came in for cake. The honeymoon was in United States where they visited Scobey, and met some of Elling's cousins. Transportation was by car or horseback. In winter when the roads were blocked by snow, there was a sleigh pulled by a team of horses. Once a week they would make the four mile trek into town for mail and groceries. Sometimes neighbors got together and went to town in one sleigh. There was one occasion when the sleigh tipped and the two babies went rolling out (Vicky and Dale Ellert). They lived in a small house that was moved in from Valor to the Bakkestad farm. There was no electricity, but they had coal oil lamps and a gas lantern. There was a large cookstove in the kitchen which burned wood and coal. In the front room was a heater which also used wood or coal. There was a cistern in the basement for water that came from the roof during rain storms. There was a small wash room with a pump. A pantry held the groceries. Sometime later a kerosene burning fridge was added. There was a trap door in the pantry to get into the basement. | Drinking water was hauled from the neighbors (McLachlan's ) by barrel. Water for washing clothes, in the winter, came from snow and ice. Water was heated in a boiler on the stove. The first washing machine was run by a gas motor. Clothes were hung outside on a homemade circular clothes line. The toilet was the outdoor two by four shanty, and toilet paper was old catalogs or newspaper. Bathing was once a week in a wash tub in the kitchen. They had a radio to help keep up to the world news. | The first house and then the same house with an addition built in 1950
61: On this farm they raised chickens, ducks, geese, pigs and cattle. The chickens provided the family with eggs and meat. The cattle herd eventually grew to 50 head. During the winter, the cows were put in the barn at night. Every cow had her own stall and she knew where she was to go. They would come into the barn in an orderly fashion. This also meant that the barn was cleaned by hand everyday. The manure was loaded onto a stone boat and hauled to the "manure pile" first by horses and then a tractor. Yearling's were housed in a corral outside with a shed for shelter. Calves were born in the winter and there was always excitement the morning of a new birth. Every calf was given a name and recorded in a big book. The cattle were taken to a another pasture for the summer, a quarter we called Battle Lake. The cattle were herded by horseback. There were usually a couple of milk cows that were milked twice a day by hand. The milk was separated and the cream was either made into butter or sold. The skim milk went to the pigs. Elling and Jean enjoyed an active social life, visiting neighbors, playing cards or attending the box-lunch socials at the school. There was the June picnic where people visited, played ball, and ate 5 cent ice cream. In the winter, skating on the dug out, or skiing behind the cars were two activities they enjoyed. Elling had a power plant (fueled by diesel) that charged the batteries providing lights in the house. When the batteries died and the lights faded, it was time for the neighbors to go home and leave the card playing for another evening. | Farm work was not only labor intensive but could also be dangerous. One afternoon Elling was hauling grain. He was wearing a brand new pair of coveralls, GWG, very strong material. He had to crawl into the granary and manually shovel the last bit of grain into the auger. He told himself to be careful of the auger, but just as he thought that, the auger grabbed the front of his coveralls. There was no way to stop the auger and the more he strained the more the auger wound up the coveralls. He saw Sharon and Carol and hollered at them to get their mother, but they thought he was angry with them and they ran away. Knowing he was in big trouble he used all his strength and the coveralls ripped down his back and the auger tore them right off. He remembered getting slapped as the coveralls were being wrapped up. He escaped the granary by crawling out the top, and then he was able to go to the house. Jean laughed at him walking to the house with only his boots and knickers, not knowing how close he came to a terrible demise.
62: Jean made history books for all the girls. She typed the stories on a typewriter, four copies of each page. This is a copy of one of her stories.
63: The Story of Teddy. Teddy was a little black Shetland pony who became very beloved by all our family. He lived with us for twelve years. For many years he was a common sight on the road taking my sisters to school. By the time it was my turn he was retired from active service and unable to carry a load very far. However, he was the first pony I learned to ride when I was two years old. Many a happy hour we spent just playing with him. He came from a ranch many miles south of here among the hills. He took two generations of children to school before coming to our place. His former owners told the story of his winters on the range. He learned very early to look after himself among the bigger horses. By running underneath them he could avoid their kick and bites and even hand out some himself. In fact he was the boss of the herd. When Teddy first came to our farm my sisters soon learned many of his queer habits. He couldn't be kept inside an ordinary barbed wire fence because he could crawl underneath whenever he wished. These habits cause quite a commotion. When a cousin was riding him, along with saddle and bridle, he suddenly took a notion to run for the fence and crawl underneath in spite of his burden. The little boy was frightened and scratched on the fence. He was very fond of warm milk and often drank up the cat's supper. If a rider sat too far back on him, Teddy would really put on a bucking show. If he got tired of carrying passengers he would get down and roll over even in the middle of a slough. | The first week Teddy took sister Sharon to school was very trying for both of them. It was in September when the old threshing machine was out in the field separating grain. Teddy would lay down and roll in the dust to get rid of his passenger and then wander over to the separator to watch the straw come out, leaving Sharon weeping in protest. Teddy was entered in a race for Shetland horses at the local fair one time. Sister Carol was riding him this time. In the first race after the starting pistol went off, Teddy decided to go home while the other horses raced ahead in the opposite direction. The next race he started to buck and threw his rider off. Carol jumped back on him and was given a third prize, for providing quite a grandstand attraction. About four years ago, Teddy was retired to wander at will all over the farm yard, wherever there was a tasty meal. His feet became quite crippled and the nails were malformed. He could still carry small children for a short distance. His coat became very long and shaggy. The hair around his face became gray and grizzled making him look like a little old man. He must have been about forty years old. One day daddy found him asleep in the haystack. He had lived his life span and gave many children a lot of joy. Written by Jean Bakkestad-1960
64: Elling was an avid hunter. His partner was Bill Peterson a long time friend. Elling and Bill hunted antelope, mule deer, moose, and geese. | Antelope hunters | Jean in the car and Elling and his sisters | Elwin, Ethel, Sharon and Elling
65: The house Elling was born in. It was used as a granary for a time. | Elling tending his garden in Assiniboia | Elling loved dogs,
66: Both Elling and Jean were community minded. They were the school trustee and secretary-treasurer. Both were members of the Elks club. the Masons and the Royal purple and Eastern Star. Jean taught Sunday School, volunteered as a camp counsellor at Camp Woodboia. They both enjoyed curling in the winter. Jean was a member of the United Church women's and Hospital auxilary. They were always so busy.
67: Elling and Jean built their retirement home in Assiniboia in 1985. Many family gatherings were hosted here. Elling harvested his last crop in 2001. The farm was rented out totally after that. Sharon was able to help him that year. This meant Jean, finally, did not have to drive to the farm with lunch and coffee twice a day. Elling and Jean loved to have parties. Through-out the years, they put on celebrations and invited the community and family to join them. We were able to celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. | New home in Assiniboia | Last crop harvested
68: Elling and Jean had four daughters. Sharon Olive born April 20th,1941 Carol May Bergit born Dec. 24th,1942 Victoria Jean born May 23,1950 Patricia Anne born March 23rd,1956 | Sharon and Carol | Sharon, Jean, Carol, and Vicky and baby Patty | Jean and Vicky | Jean, Ethel Sharon, and Carol
69: Family pictures with Sharon, Carol, Vicky,Patty and Elling and Jean and Ethel
70: Excerpts from Jeans writings. " I knew for many years I wanted to marry and have a family of four children, two boys and two girls. I eventually had four girls which was very wonderful. I had met a man who believed in making a home and providing for a family. Elling had the same dreams of having a wife who would be a help mate and have a family to bring up on the farm. It happened that I learned to cook, clean the house, look after a garden and chickens, so many new things for me" The girls, as we were referred to, learned many things being raised on the farm. We were an integral part and had many chores. Mom ensured we learned how to look after a home, cook, wash, sew and clean. Dad ensured we learned how to drive machinery, milk cows, ride horses, pick rocks, haul grain, drive vehicles, hold a wrench, weed gardens, mow grass, feed cattle, haul bales, clean barns, clean granaries or whatever needed to be done. Both parents insisted that we do well in school. They believed that high school was just the beginning and that all of us needed some other training. "You have to be able to look after yourself, as we are not going to be around forever" or, "if you don't want to clean houses, or wait tables for a living you better keep going to school". | Sharon, Carol and Elling and Jean | As it turned out we did finish our education, we do value education and we have instilled that in our own children. Thanks to Elling and Jean. Sharon has a Masters Degree in Education, Carol has a Masters Degree in Nursing, Vicky has a Post Graduate Degree in Educational Psychology, and Patty had an Advanced Diploma in Laboratory Technology.
72: Jackson School #66 | All four girls attended Jackson School. Dad believed attending a country school meant we were able to become independent learners, because we were not spoon fed. It was a one room school, that was multi-graded. We had to provide our own transportation to school, either by horseback, sleigh or sometimes Mom would drive us. One winter, when the roads were blocked Dad took Sharon and Carol by sleigh. The horses were kept in the barn for the day. I was able to catch a ride with the teacher in the winter,walking the 1/2 mile to the highway. Dad insisted we all ride horseback bareback as he was worried we would fall off and get our foot caught in the stirrups and be dragged. | I don't think we minded riding bareback, but it was difficult to get on the horse when we were little girls. I had to find a ditch or somewhere where I was a little taller than normal, so I could jump on the horses back. The horse was clever and would swing her back end around so my advantage was taken away. I had to quickly get my leg over the back and grab the reins because the horse was on her way home in a hurry. We were not supposed to run the horses, but when I was out of sight of the house, I couldn't resist the wind in my hair and the freedom of galloping in the ditch. Sometimes I would set up bales in the ditch as jumps. It was all great fun. I have fond memories of Jackson School. I remember the Christmas Concerts, the skating parties on the dugout near the school, the hot lunches provided by the school committee, playing games in the basement on very cold days, building snow forts, digging tunnels, playing hide and seek, kick the can, anti-anti-i-over, cowboys and Indians, and softball. I never had a glove so I learned to catch bare-handed. I remember a lot of sprained knuckles and jammed fingers. | "Reading & riting & rithmetic"
73: Jean, Patty, Vicky, Carol, Sharon and Elling at Jackson School reunion
74: Elling and Jean | 90th Birthday | 25th Anniversary | 70th Birthday | 40th Anniversary | 50th Anniversary with Carol and Bob
75: Our Dad was very protective of his daughters when it came to suiters. He wanted to make sure we made wise choices when choosing a partner. He was leery of bankers and pilots, but he did get over that. I am sure he had a check list for our prospective partners, but the most important one was the lutefisk test. Our Christmas Eve meal composed of lutefisk and lefse. If the prospective mate could eat lutefisk without being sick, he passed that test. The whole family waited in anticipation to see the reaction!!!!!!! In 1983, Jean and Elling built the house in Assiniboia. Mom was very anxious to move in before winter, Dad was very hesitant. He had never lived anyplace else other than the farm. Carol, Bob, Dean, and Vicky were there on a weekend in the fall. We managed to get the major move done, but Elling was not very happy, especially when Carol and Bob showed up with his bed. Everyone left shortly after that!!! However, he did adjust to the town house and was very proud of it and his garden. He made the trek to the farm everyday to check on Ole, his dog and the other buildings. He continued to farm until 2001, his 88th year. Elling and Jean were very proud of their children and their grandchildren. I remember going to visit them once by myself, without the children. He told me very bluntly, that I was not to come again without them. | Trip to Norway, Elling, Jean, Anne, Sharon, Kelsey, Patty, Vicky and Carol 1983 | Sharon, Carol, Vicky, Patty, Kailey, and Kaira 2009
76: Sharon I was born at the Assiniboia Union Hospital. I attended Jackson School finishing Grade 9 by correspondence. I moved to Assiniboia High School to finish high school. It was there I met Doug Prenevost, my future husband. Doug was a charming, good looking young man. He was born on Dec.21st, 1940. Doug became a mechanic and then a pilot. He flew commercially for Mel Air in Swift Current and was base manager in Medicine Hat. In 1968, he joined Stubb Ross, owner of Time Air in Lethbridge. He became the chief pilot for Time-Air. In the 1980's he was appointed director of fight operations and in the 1990's recurrent training pilot for Canadian Regional. Doug was well respected in the airline industry. Doug passed away in Dec. 2000, from the complications of diabetes. Much too young. I graduated from high school in 1959. I then attended the University of Saskatchewan for two years and became a teacher. My adventuresome spirit took me to Mexico City for summer school. Doug and I were married on Dec 22, 1962. I taught school in Swift Current, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge. While we were in Swift Current, I received my private pilot's license. Doug and I had two children; Lane Todd born Sept 23,1968 Kelsey Douglas born March 6th, 1971
78: I taught for nearly 35 years. I was part of innovative programming - the large group instruction and team teaching of the 1960's and teacher articulation of the 1980's. My last 10 years were in an elementary school with a Fine Arts focus. I finished my B.Ed in 1981 with honors and my Masters in Education in 1995. After I retired from teaching, I became very involved in community work mostly with child poverty and environmental issues. I have traveled extensively all over the world and I have been an avid golfer all my life. I am an active grandmother and mother. Family has always been very important to me. I was honored with the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2013.
79: Sharon married Don Roelofs in August 2005. Tammy & Kelsey Elling Sharon & Don Lane & Karen
80: Lane Todd | After Lane graduated from high school and got his private pilot's license, he attended the University of Toronto. He did his Masters there and became an Actuary. He worked in Toronto with the TD Bank for a number of years. Currently he is Head of Multimanager with HSBC Global Asset Management (Canada) Limited. He lives in London, England and works out of Canary Wharf. He married Karen Huo ,who holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the U of Toronto and is a chartered accountant. They were married in 2002 and have a son, Matthew Johnathan, born March 7th, 2003.
81: Kelsey Douglas | Kelsey, Tammy, Solomon and Amelia
82: Kelsey Douglas Prenevost I was born March 6th, 1971 in Lethbridge, Alberta. I attended Lethbridge Collegiate Institute where I wrestled, achieving several provincial medals. I moved to Victoria, BC in 1989 and attended the University of Victoria.There I received a BSc in Biology and Microbiology. I worked on several research studies during this period and was published in the Journal of Molecular Microbiology as well has had one of my poems published in a compendium of works. I worked for the Government of Canada at the Animal Disease Research Centre as well as the Lethbridge Research Centre on various research projects from 1990 through 2005. I taught Environmental Issues and Microbiology at the Lethbridge College from 2002-2005. In 2005, I started Kyoto Fuels Corporation, where I sat as President & CEO, bringing the 66 million litre per year biodiesel production facility to working order in 2014. I assisted in forming the Alberta Renewable Fuel Standard policy and several other policy initiatives on the scene during this time frame. I was also Vice President of the Alberta Biodiesel Association from 2007-2014. I sat as President of Southern Alberta Group for the Environment for two years as well as on the boards of two other environmentally oriented companies. In 2012, I received an Honorary Degree from the Lethbridge College for my work on sustainability. In the same year, I gave a talk on leadership on the popular program TEDx. Presently, I do consulting work as well as sit on the board of two companies involved in the medical and biofuel industries. | I enjoy hockey, water and snow skiing, the company of friends and family, camping, a good joke and pondering what is. But what I love most is my family. Tammy (Olsen) and I met at the Sunflower Booth, a popular watering hole in Lethbridge, only to start dating years later. We were engaged in Waterton in front of the falls with me proposing in a full suit of armor on a horse (like days of yore.) We were married in Waterton on July 19th, 2003 and continue to enjoy our time, our family and friends in life's peculiar light. Tammy Lee (Olsen) Prenevost was born on August 30th, 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta. Tammy has one sister Charlene, who owns a restaurant with her husband Thomas in Edmonton, Alberta. Tammy lived in Yellowknife, NWT until the age of 6 when her family moved to Edmonton. She attended St Joseph's High School and subsequently the University of Alberta graduating with a degree in Occupation Therapy in 1994. Tammy moved to Lethbridge, Alberta the same year. She worked at a nursing home from 1994-1997. Afterwards, she got a job with Alberta Health Services where over the years, she has helped rehabilitate thousands of people who have suffered a variety of health difficulties. Tammy is a 3rd degree black belt in TaeKwon Do from the Legacy TaeKwon Do School. She has participated and helped organize and officiate many tournaments as well as held several titles in the sport. She continues to teach at the school as well as contribute to the community they have developed along with the schools founders.
83: Tammy enjoys running, biking, traveling and the outdoors along with social events involving her family and friends. According to her children, she is the "Best Mommy Ever. " Solomon Tate Prenevost was born on a cold November 30th, 2005 in Lethbridge, Alberta. He is an intelligent and comedic young man who enjoys computers, bike riding, robotics and making people laugh. He also enjoys TaeKwon Do, having achieved his yellow belt this year. Solomon attends Agnes Davidson School staring in grade 4 in 2015 where he takes French Immersion and violin. He hopes to be a robotics engineer when he grows up. Amelia Lily Prenevost was born on a warm July 8th, 2008 in Lethbridge , Alberta. She is an energetic and fun-loving young lady who enjoys making crafts, nature and all the animals within and giving hugs. Amelia attends Agnes Davidson School starting grade 2 in 2015, where she takes French Immersion and violin. She hopes to be a hair dresser when she grows up.
84: Carol Carol May Bergit Bakkestad. I was born on a crisp snowy winter day on December 24th, 1942 in Assiniboia. The very eve that the Bakkestad family celebrated their Christmas. I was a healthy 7 lb. 6 oz chubby, pink girl. My parents named me Carol (due to the fact I was born at Christmas), May (after my maternal family) Bergit(after my paternal family). This gave me the direction that I could be a mixed bag. I enjoyed my first 5 years on the farm playing with my favorite black doll, tricycle and animals. Once my older sister, Sharon, who was very caring and protective, decided on a winter day that I, a toddler, needed a bath. She removed my clothes and gave me a bath in the water trough which was surrounded by curious cows and horses. Dad heard the commotion, and quickly doused Sharon with a pail of the very same cold water. Both of us went screaming to the house.
85: Being the adventurer, I planned to run away one day. I spent time in the north wheat field until I got hungry and came home for a feed of lefse at Grandma Bergit Bakkestad's house. At five, I started school at Jackson school with my dear sister Sharon and rode Teddy, a black shetland pony. Jackson School had 8-10 students of all grades and a barn for the horses. It would take us about 3 hours to ride to school because Teddy liked to eat grass along the way and I liked to talk to the flowers and weeds. For the next eight years, whenever possible, I rode horseback, the three and half miles to school, with Sharon. We would ride standing up on the horse's backs or ride backwards if we felt we needed to be safer to avoid collisions with the motor vehicles we encountered. We would have horse rallies and meet our friends in the grasslands to socialize. After grade eight, I transferred to Assiniboia High School where I met life-long friends. I enjoyed school activities and events from cheer leading, badminton, curling, skating, track and field to the academics. My first choice as a career was Veterinary Science, but my parents thought this was impractical as I was 5'2" and so young, My second choice was nursing and it seemed more sensible. In September 1960 at the age of 17, I entered the University of Saskatchewan's 3 year Nursing Diploma Program. I spent the next 3 years in nurses' residence with Betty Allan, my roommate and friend. | Over these years, I studied and worked hard and graduated in 1963 with an award....the Bedside Nursing Award for being the overall accomplished (academically and Practical Nursing Student. )
86: Following graduation I worked for the summer at the Assiniboia Union Hospital and then secured a position at the Winnipeg Children's Hospital where I worked for 5 years. I worked as a bedside nurse, an instructor and a head nurse. During that time I made several contributions to the nursing profession in writing and practice. | The next day we celebrated Jean and Elling's 25th Wedding Anniversary before we left for a honeymoon in Banff, Alberta. | I married Robert Fredrick Mitchell on November 7, 1964 in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, at the St Paul's United Church. The reception was at the Elks Hall in Assiniboia. The wedding dance was at the Mitchellton Community Hall (Bob's home town). I had my best friends as attendants, my sisters, Sharon, Vicky, and Patty along with Bob's youngest sister, Kelly Mitchell. "Bob" was born Jan 8th, 1940. He received his Bachelor of Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. Bob began his distinguished career as an Ag. Rep, and a farm supply specialist for Pioneer Grain.
87: On returning to Winnipeg, Manitoba we lived in an apartment on Assiniboine Ave. One of our early trips was to Europe in 1966, where we visited England, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland...we were sold on travel and exploring the world. | I worked at Winnipeg Children's Hospital and attended the University of Manitoba in pursuit of my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing 1972
88: On September 29th, 1968 Craig Elling was born and we moved that year to the Interlake Region of Manitoba. | Our first house was a rental in Arborg, Manitoba. I worked part time at the local hospital and nursing home while doing volunteer activities and studying. On January 9, 1971, Wade Robert was born in Arborg , Manitoba, one month early.
89: That winter we moved into our new home at Arnes, Manitoba. It was here we lived from 1971 until 1976. | We enjoyed our social life with curling, cross country skiing, hiking, canoing, and golfing. Professionally, I worked as a nurse practitioner. In the spring of 1973, the Icelandic River flooded the Native Indian Reservation and I set up a Health Clinic to serve the 800 people evacuated to the Gimili Airbase. The Health Clinic operated for over 3 months. I found there was a need for nurses in the community so I developed and taught a rural nursing refresher course. Bob was working in the Provincial Agriculture office and bought farm land so he was kept busy, I spent quality time parenting Craig and Wade. They were swimmers, builders, gardeners, cooks, musicians, story tellers and readers. During these years we did some traveling to the USA(California, and Arizona) and the Barbados
90: .. | In the fall of 1974, I was asked to work as a nurse in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. We decided to pack up the house and family and head down under. I worked in several roles while living there. I was a surgical chest intensive care nurse, then a nurse consultant for various projects at the Princess Alexander Hospital in Brisbane. Following a year contact, we drove across the desert to Perth, West Australia. I consulted for the Charles Gardner Hospital and School of Nursing on the changes in the nursing field. | On return to Queensland we lived on the beach near Bundaberg for 3 months. By spring 1976, we decided to return to Canada as our property in Manitoba needed some attention.
91: . When we returned to Canada we fell in love with British Columbia. In the fall of 1976, I had secured employment at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and taught undergraduate nursing students. Bob joined the Bank of Montreal as an Agricultural Manager and Craig and Wade became students. Our first three homes in BC were in Richmond . | Seamount Place 1976-1981 Whistler Place 1981-1993 | Broadway Street 1993-2014
92: In 1978, I entered graduate school on a part time basis to pursue a Master of Science degree in Nursing and graduated in 1982. Throughout my professional life, I attended and spoke at several local and international conferences covering topics on health care, education and health care delivery. My career (1962-2010) was spent as an educator, practitioner, administrator and consultant. I worked in various health and educational institutions including BC Children's Hospital, BC Womans Hospital (Grace Hospital), Fraser Health Services, BC Academic Health Council, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Community College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. I volunteered in various capacities in agencies and organizations, namely the Registered Nurses Association of BC, College of Registered Nurses of BC, Canadian Nurses Association, BC Lung Association, Zonta International, Sigma Theta Tau, Health Care Leaders' Association of BC, Norwegian House Society, Richmond Curling Center and various other professional and community organizations.
93: As a professional, I authored several publications throughout my career. My first journal article for the Canadian Nurse was in 1965 about a child I cared for, who had severe burns and lived in the hospital for more than a year. My last article was concerning health professionals educating students and a project, I led, to facilitate educating health care students throughout the province. In 2010, I retired to a life of action including exercise, golf, curling, skiing, bridge playing, traveling and violin playing and volunteering in various capacities at the Norwegian House Society and associated groups. All of which enhances my social life. Attending the local theater and symphony, and pop concerts promotes my well rounded life.
94: Our life in British Columbia has been full and lots of fun. I initiated a group of friends to be The Funlovers. As a group, we have camped, golfed, curled, skied, danced, traveled, played card games, had dinner parties and played bocci.
95: Another of my continued interests is riding horseback. I have ridden with friends and my sisters to various Alberta and BC ranches and parks. | In March 2014, Bob and I moved to Delta BC to a new townhouse. Since the move we have traveled extensively to China, Japan, Iceland, Denmark, and Norway as well as other Canadian provinces and USA states. I value my family! My parents, sisters, and their families, husband, sons and their families and grandchildren are deeply cherished.
97: The Mitchell Family Carol, Bob, Craig and Ann, Wade and Jennifer, Aidan, Cole and Piper
98: Craig Mitchell
99: I was born in Winnipeg on Sept 26, 1968, weighing in at 8 lbs 6 oz. I was named after a quarterback of the Dallas cowboys, Craig Norton. As a baby, I was cute and the sunshine of my parents lives until my baby brother came along, who became the sunshine of everyone's eyes including mine. I grew up in rural Manitoba in Arnes just outside of Gimili, which is famous for its Icelandic heritage. I started school in Gimili when I was 5. Although I couldn't tie my own shoes, I was able to use my charm to entice the fairer sex to tie them for me. My first second language was Icelandic because that is what they taught in the school system. The following year I went to Australia with my parents. The memories of Australia are vivid, as we traveled around to various places that my parents worked. I attended school there and started competitive swimming. When we moved back to Canada, my parents sold our Gimili home and moved to Vancouver. I attended Daniel Woodword Elementary School in Richmond. Some kids made fun of my Australian accent, others decided to be my friend. My parents got me into a competitive swim club in Richmond called the Richmond Kigoos. I spent many years with this club and made many, many friends and I remain friends with some to this day. This club was a summer club so during the fall, winter and spring I did other sports such as softball, soccer and hockey. For grades 8-10, I attended Vancouver College. It was a private school for boys operated by Jesuit brothers. I excelled at academics, and music (saxophone). I played high school football, but mostly I continued to swim competitively. | I decided to take swimming more seriously and joined the Canadian Dolphins which operated all year. While with this club, I achieved swim times that permitted me to receive support from Esso Canada and compete at the Junior National and National level. After grade 10, the allure of attending a co-ed school was so appealing that I started attending Point Grey High School. I continued swimming, and music. I joined the choir, jazz choir, band and jazz band. In grade 12, I auditioned for one of the lead roles in Bye, Bye Birdie and ended up playing Conrad Birdie. I graduated in 1986. After high school, I attended Community College. During this time I took my musical career seriously and formed a band called "That Melancholy Dream." The band was never successful enough to warrant touring, but it was good enough to play some serious venues such as the Commodore Ballroom (a Vancouver landmark). The band also received air-time on some of the local radio stations and recorded a number of songs.
100: The band didn't make any real money, so I continued to life guard at local pools, and did construction work while not playing gigs or attending school. While doing construction work, I realized that the places I was helping to build were spatially retarded. This realization was the impetus for me to enter the Building Technology program at BCIT. Two years later, I entered the work force as a project manager and construction manager for the Aquilini Investment group. | This was a short-lived employment. I realized that I wasn't making any spatial differences in anyone's lives. The quality of the product being constructed was substandard and to the Aquilinis, clean concrete meant "no fingers or toes". Construction materials on the job sites were transported to property they owned in the Agricultural Land Reserve and buried. Years later, this land became a golf course called the Golden Ears Golf course and a few years after this thousands of dead fish were found in an adjacent stream. When I left, I went to work with Wade planting trees in Northern BC. It was perfect timing. Tree planting is hard work. I was a meticulous planter and actually planted rows of trees rather than a forest of trees. It's the way I am. In time, tree planting became fun. It was still hard work, but there were a lot of great perks, such as being able to bank our wages as there was nothing to spend money on in the bush and we got to eat as much food as we could. We met some great people from all over the country and various back grounds and all were in the process of gaining a university education. Plus we were wild and we took every opportunity we had to jump off a bridge or a cliff into a river or a body of water or get naked and plant trees. At the end of tree planting season I decided to attend the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. I spent the following winter working construction, packing steel and laying rebar for foundations slabs and columns. I was accepted at UNBC the following year. | I went back tree planting in the spring. This season was even better than the first because I was seasoned and knew what to expect. What I didn't expect was contracting necrotizing fascilitis (flesh eating disease) in my right calf, the result of a puncture wound on my shin while working in a swampy environment.
101: I was rushed to the nearest hospital three hours away in Fort St James. The doctor informed the first aid attendant that I needed to go to the nearest Regional Hospital right away. One option of transport was by helicopter that I thought would be really cool, landing on that giant letter "H". Upon arriving in Prince George Regional Hospital, I was rushed into treatment immediately. Three weeks later when I awoke I had not idea how long I had been there or what had happened. Apparently morphine has that effect on people. I was released from the hospital with a heparin lock in my vein so I could get IV therapy every six hours. This went on for six weeks. After the lock was removed, I had physiotherapy to rebuild the muscles in my calf. A few weeks later I was back at work for the last month of tree planting season before school started in Prince George. I completed an Arts degree in Anthropology. Most of my papers and invited lectures, including my undergraduate thesis, were about cultural and social constructions of space and how people lived. I worked part time coaching swimming and waiting tables . I made good money and maintained my grades. | At the end of my term of University, I decided to pack up my tools and head to Japan to build "western frame style houses." Kobe had just experienced a serious earthquake. Entire high-rise buildings were shaken to the ground. Roads and other infrastructure were severely damaged. Japan needed skilled people to come to assist in providing housing for the people that were in need of a home and I was one of those guys. Fortunately, I had a friend living in Osaka and it was really his idea that I make the trip. Once I landed, Graham picked me up and thus began my summer adventure in Japan. I worked during the week building and on the weekends, I hopped on trains and toured everywhere I could. Jobs ended and new jobs began so I had the opportunity to live in a number of different places during my short stay. I made some terrific friends that could speak as much English as I could speak Japanese. It's amazing the ways people can communicate when they don't speak the same language. Finally it was time for me to return to University for my final year. I graduated with honors and without ceremony. I moved back to Vancouver and worked as a carpenter and in construction until I landed another job in Japan. When my Visa ran out, I decided to come home and go back to school. I was accepted to the Graduate School of Architecture at UBC, starting the next serious stage of my life.
102: Architecture School isn't like any other school program. It was incredibly difficult and had a tremendously high attrition rate. My sister-in law was so sweet to me while I was in school. She would come to the studio and help me build models of my assignments and projects. It was terrific to get that kind of support. And while she was really great, I continued to be a brat to her. After about a zillion sleepiness nights, I completed my Masters Degree in Architecture. My thesis was about Economics and Architecture and how people transform the spaces they live to make them a source in income in Cuba. I developed the thesis idea by teaching Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning to University students in the studies abroad program in Havana. It was another great experience in a place that resembled a snapshot of 1959. After completing my Masters Degree, I worked for an Architectural firm in North Vancouver called David Nairne & Associates. The work they did primarily concerned First Nations people which was very appealing to me. I had the opportunity to work in remote places all over British Columbia and even visited the community at Kingcome Inlet. It turns out that Wade had done a locum as a physician in that community as well. My favorite project was designing and building a Cultural Centre for the Kwanlin Dun First Nation and the Whitehorse Public Library in the Yukon. The project was very successful and won awards. I am very proud to have been a member of that project . | After ten years at David Nairne, I decided it was time for a change and I now work at another firm called Taylor Kutz Architecture and Design. When I was forty-four years old, I married the woman I'd been looking for earlier in life. Her name is Brigid Ann Marie Kennedy. She is my lover and best friend and I 'm not allowed to call her Brigid. My mother's middle name is Bergit, very close to Ann's name. We were married at an ocean side park in our neighborhood in Vancouver. It was a small ceremony that included fifty-five family and friends. The reception was at Hastings Park Race Track. We finally took our honeymoon in Quebec 15 months later, after attending my cousin Keegan's wedding. Today we live in a condominium in Vancouver. I have a 26 year old stepson named Trandon McKeith. He is a great guy and I'm a proud step-dad. I am learning how to be a friend and a parent to a young man that has grown up without me. I am also a doting uncle to Wade's children (Aiden, Cole and Piper) as well as an uncle to Ann's nieces and nephews. I think if you add up all the different things that I have done over the course of my life you will find that today I am on my sixth career which makes me think that there is some truth to "it's not the destination that is important it is the journey". I wouldn't be the man I am today without having the opportunity to live the life I have. There's still more journey to come and from now on I get to bring my wife Ann along with me.
103: Wade Mitchell I married Jennifer Lyn Parker on August 6, 2000. We have three children: Aidan Elling Parker Mitchell -born April 6, 2001 Cole Fraser Parker Mitchell-born June 23, 2003 Piper Jean Parker Mitchell-born June 9, 2006 After graduating from high school I achieved the following degrees. University of McGill BA Honors in Religious Studies University of British Columbia -Medical Doctor. I have achieved a CCFP (enhanced skills in Obstetrics and Surgery), FRACGP FACRRM, a Certificate in Primary Skin Cancer Mgmt. My residency in Rural Family Medicine, was in Kelowna, Vanderhoof,and Creston. I did a 6 month General Practice in Atikokan, Ontario. I practiced medicine in Narrandera, NSW Australia from 2004-2009. I did assorted locums in Murray Bridge, SA, Alice Springs, NT and Broome, WA. Presently I have a practice in Collingwood, Ontario. Jennifer has a BSc from McGill, BEd from Western University , a M.ED in Counseling Psychology from Simon Frazer University, a Diploma in Nutrition from Deakin University Australia and a Masters in Health from the University of Toronto. Jen and I met at McGill on the varsity swim team. We both rowed for 1 year, myself at McGill and Jen at Western. We have both competed in 2 full Iron Man Competitions and between the two of us 15 1/2 Iron man competitions We swam at the Masters World swimming Championships
104: Wade ,Jennifer, Aidan, Cole and Piper
105: Carol and Piper Craig, Bob and Wade Wade, Jen, and Aiden Wade and Jen's wedding Piper and Amelia
106: Victoria Being quite a bit younger than my older sisters, I spent a great deal of time alone on the farm. I developed a vivid imagination with lots of imaginary friends. Mother encouraged me to learn to swim. She took me to a Church Camp in Wood Mountain that had a pool. I continued lessons in Assiniboia, and eventually became an instructor and examiner in the Assiniboia area. I later taught swimming in Ile-a-la-Crosse and Meadow Lake Provincial Park. I was involved with figure skating for awhile too. Although I didn't see a gym until I was in Grade 8 and going to school in Assiniboia (after Jackson school closed), I learned to play basketball and volleyball. I played on the school teams all through high school. I played softball for many years, giving up my glove when my own children were small. My life work eventually involved coaching sports. I loved the gym, the competitions, and the comradely that sport provided. All this I owe to our mother. I met a good friend at Wood Mountain (Linda Anderson). For many summers I was able to go to their ranch, go on trail rides and traveled to Montreal's Worlds Fair on a school bus. I graduated from Assiniboia Composite High School in 1968. I attended the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with a B.ED in 1973. My majors were Phys-ed and Psychology. I did take a year off in 1971-72 and taught school in Outlook, Saskatchewan. I attended the University of Regina and graduated with a Post Graduate degree in Educational Psychology in 1989. | Sharon, Vicky Teddy and Patches
108: I did my practicum for Education in La Ronge, Sask, in 1970. After this, I took a job at Gene's Restaurant in La Ronge as a bar maid. It was there that a young man entered my life, his name was Dean Stueck. Dean was working as a conservation officer in La Ronge. Dean was born in Balcarres, Saskatchewan on February 22, 1949 to Hugh and Wanda Stueck. He grew up on the family farm. Dean played football, hockey and basketball in high school, and volleyball at Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon. He graduated from Balcarres High School (1967) and from Kelsey Institute as a Conservation Officer.(1969). Dean's mechanical ability repaired, invented and built many things, from a scooter, to seed truck, to the house we live in today. He designed our heating system, as well as incorporated strategies for our energy efficient home. He designed and built the shop we use as a garage and as a place to build more things. Dean's work took him to Hay River, NWT where he worked for Federal Fisheries, then to Edmonton where he became a commercial helicopter pilot, to La Ronge, Uranium City, and Ile-a-la Crosse as a Conservation Officer. He owned his own aircraft at this time, a 1947-J3 Piper Cub. In 1973, Dean took his Commercial Fixed Wing license and started to work for Miksoo Aviation in Meadow Lake Dean flew many small aircraft, Cessna 150, 172, 180 and 185, plus a Navaho, Chieftain, and a Beech 18. | Nestowiak Falls near La Ronge, Sask
109: Our relationship was definitely long distance. Dean was working in Northern Saskatchewan and I was still going to University. Three years after we had met, we decided to get married on May 19th, 1973 | Attendants were, Patty Bakkestad, Marcia Frid, Lansley Gibbons and Shane Stueck, Craig Mitchell, Lane Prenevost
110: Our Family History | Dean and Vicky have two children Keegan Sean born January 25, 1978 Kailey Anne born December 19, 1981
111: Dean and I lived at the Meadow Lake airport for five years. He flew all over northern Saskatchewan. In 1977 he flew with technicians that were involved with high atmospheric balloons. His flying took him to Churchill, Manitoba and then to Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Meanwhile, I first worked at the Meadow Lake Provincial Park teaching swimming, then in September I worked as a Daycare director in Meadow Lake. In October of that year I was hired to teach Grade one In the fall of 1974 I was hired to teach at Carpenter High School. I was back in a gym. I was coaching Volleyball, Basketball, and involved with cross-country skiing. and canoing. I traveled all over Saskatchewan with the teams, cross-country skied in Jasper, and canoed the lakes, and rivers around Meadow Lake and the Churchill. Dean and I worked very hard trying to pay off loans and "get ahead". I think we took two trips in those years, one was a ski trip to Jasper, and one was a canoe trip from Cold Lake to Dorintosh (a very scary, but exciting adventure). In 1977 Misksoo Aviation folded its business. I was pregnant with Keegan and planning to take a semester off, and Dean was unemployed. But we were young and we were off on a new adventure. Dean worked construction for a few months, bought the farm in Balcarres, and was disappointed in his flying career. | Grumon Tracker
112: As it happened, in June, 197 , Dean was offered a job with a newly formed fire-bombing operation out of Prince Albert . He flew as a bird dog pilot for 1978, 79, and part of 1980. He was then transferred to La Ronge to fly the Grummon Tracker. In 1984 he was transferred back to Prince Albert where he flew Tracker until 2005. In 2006, Dean was transferred back to La Ronge to fly the newly refurbished Convair 580. Unfortunately, Dean was in a very serious training accident, and wasn't able to fly the 2006 season. After a winter of serious rehab, he did return for the 2007 season. The Convairs have seen action all over Western Canada, as well as the United States (Idaho, Texas, North Dakota, and Montana). Dean flew for Northern Air Operations for 36 years. Keegan was born on January 25th ,1978 in Meadow Lake, while we were still living in a trailer at the airport. I sold the trailer in June and bought a house in town. That fall, I returned to Carpenter High and Dean went to the farm to harvest. Thus was our life until January 1981 when we moved to the farm in Balcarres. Kailey was born in Regina December 19th, 1981. We lived on the farm after contract was done and then moved to our camper trailer for the fire season. When the children started school, I would stay on the farm and Dean would head north by himself to fly. | Convair 580
113: Dean and Vicky, Keegan, Kailey
114: Our fall and winters were busy on the farm. Keegan and Kailey grew up, and were involved with school activities, music lessons, dancing and skiing with the Nancy Green race team at Fort Qu'Appelle. Dean was an instructor and coach with the team. Soon we were taking ski trips to the mountains every winter. The racing took us to ski hills in Saskatchewan. In 1983 , we started building a new home on the farm, and we moved in in 1984. I returned to University in Regina in 1986 in a Master's program graduating in 1989. I worked for the File Hills District Chiefs, and did consulting work on the reserves, and taught on the Piapot Reserve School north of Regina. Grain prices were very low at this time, and being unable to make a living on the farm, I took a position as a School Counsellor in Meadow Lake in 1990. I worked in the school division traveling a lot, and then eventually ended up back at Carpenter High School full time. I retired in June 2008. I coached vollleyball, helped initiate the high school daycare for teen moms, and a community parenting education program, started a sex-ed program in the Junior High and High school, started a career education program for the Junior High and High School, held the Provincial Guidance Counselor's conference in Meadow Lake, and was president of that association for 2 years. I was also instrumental in bringing a computerized data base for class scheduling and mark tracking into the school. | Sharon, Carol, Vicky, Patty, Jennifer, Tammy, Kailey, Elise and Kaira
115: Meanwhile, we rented the farm, and settled into the Meadow Lake community. Dean took some business classes at SIAST, and training on an accounting program. He helped businesses in Meadow Lake with that program. In 1991, we moved our house to an acreage south of Meadow Lake. We have so enjoyed this spot, with our horses, dogs, cats and plenty of wildlife. In 2008, we bought a cabin at Nemeiben Lake, north of La Ronge ending 21 years of summers in a camper trailer. In keeping up with tradition of Elling and Jean, we have hosted family parties every August ,a highlight of our year. | Nemeiben Lake and Meadow Lake Homes
118: Keegan Stueck I was born on January 25, 1978 in Meadow Lake, Sask. We moved to a farm next to the town of Balcarres when I was three. I attended school here from kindergarten to Grade 6. One of the teachers initiated a running program. We ran every recess and noon hour, all year round, I still enjoy running today. I had a registered palomino quarter horse named Rocky Bar Chamois. He was an amazing companion who taught me life lessons about responsibility and humility as well as instilling a love of the outdoors. I became a bee keeper at an early age, helping my Dad and Grandpa with maintenance of the hives and collection of honey for the Farmer's Market. My winter passion was ski racing with the Nancy Green Ski club at Mission Ridge Ski Hill. In the summer, we would move to the tanker base at the airport in La Ronge. Dad was a pilot fighting forest fires, and I decided at an early age that I was going follow in his footsteps as a pilot myself someday. I was also fortunate enough to spend a week each summer with family friends at their cabin on Lac La Ronge water skiing and fishing. My sister, Kailey, was born when I was four years old and I became a very protective big brother, unless we were playing Monopoly in which case I would take great pleasure in convincing her to give up Boardwalk for a Railway. By then, Dad's base was Prince Albert and we spent our summers camping in a trailer at Whispering Pines Campground. Dad would take me out sailing on the local lakes in his Laser II, where I learned to "hike out" over the waves strapped to the trapeze.
119: We moved to Meadow Lake when I started grade 7. This was a big change to my world going from a classroom of 12 to one of 100 students. Being in a larger school meant more opportunities for school sports and I played volleyball and basketball. My Mom instilled in both Kailey and I the importance of good grades and I worked hard to maintain a 90 plus average through school. I was privileged to participate in the National Science Fair in Whitehorse,Yukon in Grade 11. I was active in the school band, playing trombone in the orchestra as well as the jazz band. Kailey and I both pounded the ivory keys of our piano at home. I attended a National conference for youth in Ottawa. and participated in the Rotary Exchange program where I went to Germany and we hosted a student here in Saskatchewan. After high school graduation in 1996, I did one year of Engineering at the University of Alberta before enrolling in the Aviation program at Mount Royal College in Calgary in 1997. The summer before and the summer in-between school sessions, I spent in Stony Rapids working as a ground handler for Athabaska Airways. This was an exciting time for me. I completed my flying lessons at the picturesque Springbank airport nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I had real life adventures each summer living in a remote fly-in community. Once I graduated from Mount Royal with my commercial pilots license, I started my pilot career in the spring of 1999 as a Navajo First Officer based out of Stony Rapids, Fond-du-Lac, and Uranium City for Athabaska Airways.
120: In the spring of 2000, I was promoted to a First Officer's position on a Cesssna Conquest II based in Saskatoon. Eight months later, I moved back to Northern Saskatchewan, awarded my first career Captaincy on the Navajo. During that time Athabaska Airways merged with their longstanding competitor AirSask, forming Transwest Air. Eighteen months later, I moved back to Saskatoon as a First Officer on a BAE31 Jetstream. Shortly thereafter, I became Captain on the Conquest, and flew both that and the Jetstream until the Conquest was sold and I became Jetstream Captain full time. Rumors had started that the major Canadian airlines had finally recovered after a series of setbacks (9/11, SARS, Air Canada bankruptcy) and hiring was to resume shortly. With the dual purpose of bolstering my resume in a very competitive environment, as well as a true desire to make a positive impact on the company that I had spent a very formative seven years with, I applied for and was accepted to a management position as a Safety Officer. This, at 27, was a proud moment, as I was tasked with implementing Transwest's SMS program, a new direction in Canadian Aviation with regards to safety culture. In 2006, I was hired by Air Canda Jazz. Jazz at the time was the sole regional carrier for the mainline Air Canada. I moved to Montreal a a First Officer on the Bombardier RJ. During that time I interviewed with Air Canada. After a tense six month of waiting, I received a phone call in June 2007 saying that I was successful and was offered a job at Canada's largest airline. That day, while out with friends enjoying the Montreal Grand Prix festivities downtown, I met a pretty French lady named Elise Beauregard.
121: We made a connection that led us to getting married seven years later. Elise was born in Montreal on January 22, 1984. She grew up in the Montreal borough of Notre Dame de Grace, where she went to elementary school at the College Marie de France from 1989-1995. She went to high school at College Villa Maria from 1995-2000. After high school she attended Cegep at Institut de Tourisme et d'hotelleire du Quebec from 2001-2003. She completed her Bachelor Degree in Business at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal in 2006. Throughout that time she held various positions in the hotel industry. Wanting to see the world, she became a Flight Attendaant with Air Transat from 2007-2010. She moved to Toronto with me in 2010 where she returned to the hotel industry as a Sales Manager for Marriott Canada. She is now an e-commerce Manager with Marriott. In 2008, on St, Patricks Day (which was quite appropriate as I thought myself as being a bit Irish) my ground school at Air Canada started. I was assigned a First Officer position on the Embraer 175/190 which I flew for five years. After that I was an Airbus First Officer for two years. Seventeen years after starting my flight training, I achieved a longstanding goal of piloting over the Atlantic Ocean as a First Officer on a Boeing 767, which I am still doing today.
122: Elise and I moved to downtown Toronto in 2008, buying a loft in a refurbished mattress factory. Once we decided to settle in the city, we bought a turn of the century rowhouse in a developing neighbor hood, and with our parent's help, started a long term renovation. However, both of us had a desire for a more peaceful existence. When an opportunity presented itself for a small acreage within walking distance of a small, yet vibrant community of Creemore, we didn't hesitate and moved north. We now live there with our dog Kona, and cat Sterling. Elise and I keep busy enjoying the outdoors of Southern Ontario, hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. My cousin, Wade Mitchell , inspired me to pursue the Ironman distance triathlons, and I have completed two half Ironman races. These days I am training for a full Ironman distance. Elise and I also travel quite a bit, mostly through Europe, and Hawaii, as well as visiting Kailey and her family in Australia. We had a very fun wedding with close friends and family at a vineyard in the beautiful Quebec countryside close to Bromont in the Eastern Townships on September 20, 2014. We are very fortunate to have the support of our families and friends and love when they travel to visit us. | House in Creemore and Family picture at Keegan and Elise's Wedding
123: Keegan and Elise
126: Kailey Stueck I grew up with Keegan on the farm in Balcarres, and then the acreage in Meadow Lake. My love of skiing started in Balcarres where winters were spent at the ski hill and traveling to downhill races. I also started piano lessons and dance while in Balcarres. I was 8 years old when we moved to Meadow Lake. I met my best friend Nicole my first day of Grade 3. We are still close today and enjoy each others growing families. Growing up on the acreage was full of fun and adventures. My horse, Trina, was very clever with a delicate gait and we had lots of fun exploring the forest trails. Our beautiful German Sheppard Max was very protective and would not leave our sides when we were outdoors. Our family worked together on many building and outdoor projects-the quality time spent together was precious and I learned many valuable skills. We also played a lot! The obstacle course around the acreage was the site for many competitions between friends and sport teams. In the summer we played in the creek which ran around the house through beaver dams. In the winter, the creek froze over for the perfect backyard hockey rink. The banks of the creek were ideal for sledding when the snow came and some very fast runs were made.There was an outdoor hot tub (heated by wood) which was enjoyed most on clear winter nights where there were several sightings of the amazing Northern Lights
127: Summers were spent at the Tanker Base in La Ronge and then a camp ground in Prince Albert. Keegan and I stayed in a tent trailer beside Mom and Dad's trailer for many years where Monopoly games went on for days. We took swimming lessons and enjoyed sunny days at nearby lakes. I had a few special trips out to Winnipeg during my early teens to hang out with Auntie Patty. She had a way to make you feel like the most important person in the world and was famous for epic shopping trips. School was always a priority and sports came a very close second. Mom and Dad were die hard fans and devoted an extraordinary amount of time to coaching and driving to tournaments. I swam, skied, played softball, and ringette growing up but my main focus was volleyball and basketball. In my senor year my Volleyball team won a Provincial Silver and my Basketball team won Provincial Gold. I also played alto saxophone in the school band and achieved my Grade 8 Piano. I worked at Camp Easter Seal , a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities during High School and University (5 years).It was a great experience and still holds a very special place in my heart. After graduating from high school in 2000, I attended the University of Saskatchewan in 2000, and 2001 taking general Arts and Science. In 2002, I took a year off and traveled to Australia. There I met my husband to be, Brad Jorgensen. I was waitressing at a hotel owned by his Uncle, while he was staying there on vacation. Brad was born June 29, 1982 in Melbourne Australia. Brad excelled in athletics with his main focus on cricket and football. he was also a surf lifesaver and enjoyed many fishing trips on his Uncle's boat. | Kailey and Brad in Ellis Beach 2009
128: Brad moved to Cairns at age 12 where he graduated from High School in 1999. Brad moved back to Melbourne and completed a Degree in Commerce at Deakin University, graduating in 2005. I returned to the U. of S. in 2003, and graduated with Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2005. Brad lived in Saskatoon for 6 months during this time getting a taste of a good Saskatchewan winter. Saskatoon hailed the coldest few days on record that year. We moved to Vancouver in 2005. I completed my Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of British Columbia graduating in 2007. We took advantage of living in the mountains, skiing whenever possible, and camping during the summers by beautiful mountain lakes. Brad was heavily involved with the Australian Rules Football League as a player, coach and committee member and was a main contributer to its growth. I worked at a private sports Physiotherapy clinic after graduating. We were married October 3rd, 2009, at Ellis Beach, Australia. The wedding was attended by Canadian and Australian friends and relatives and was a very special event. A week later we had a reception in Meadow Lake, Sask. After a 6 week trip along the Mediterranean, Brad and I moved to Cairns, Australia in November 2010. I work at a private Physiotherapy Clinic and Brad started a very successful on-line business, Myfootyboots.com,au. We bought our first home at Holloways Beach, Australia in August 2011 where we enjoy the backyard pool and being a block away from the ocean. Our daughter, Sophie Ella was born June 23, 2012 at Cairns Private Hospital. Sophie enjoys camping, gymnastics, swimming and movie nights. Isabelle Mae was born Dec.8th, 2015.
129: Despite my extended family being geographically distant, I always felt close to our grandparent, aunts, uncles and cousins. Those relationships continue to grow and are extremely valuable to all of us. We feel very lucky to be surrounded by such amazing people. Family events and trips were always looked forward to while growing up and still are today. We always laughed so hard. A Norwegian tradition that has been passed on is the making of Lefse, a potato flat bread. We were recently given some special Lefse tools which include the board to roll it on, the rolling pin, flipper and cooking griddle. My mom and aunts take great pride in their Lefse making skills and we tease it is a bit of a competition on who makes the best. No matter who with, it's very special to spend time with loved ones while making up a batch of Lefse. There has been a very special silver Norwegian brooch passed on to me. This "Soljer" is part of the traditional dress in the Hallingdal Valley in Norway. The dress, 'Bunad" is worn for special occasions and celebrations. Traditionally, the brooch was passed from mother to her eldest daughter. However, Grandpa Elling acquired it when his sister Gunda passed. It is believed that her mother Bergit had given it to her. Although not the eldest daughter, it was given to my mom, Vicky, as I was the only granddaughter at the time. I had the "Soljer" on my wedding bouquet as did my sister-in-law Elise. Someday, it will be passed on to my daughter Sophie.
130: Kailey Stueck Jorgensen growing up.
132: Patricia Patty attended Jackson school for only one year, and then it closed. She finished her education in Assiniboia, graduating in 1974. At school, Patty was always studious and was involved with many sports. She was always surrounded by a wonderful group of friends, with whom she maintained their relationship throughout her life. Patty was an accomplished life guard, and swimming instructor. Patty spent some summers with Carol and Bob in Gimili, Manitoba where she taught swimming. Her worst memory of this time was when she had to fail her brother-in -law, Bob at swimming class, but she was always true to herself and all around her. During high school she met Dallas Legare and they started dating in 1973. Being a whole year older, he moved to Saskatoon after high school in 1973, Dallas attended Kelsey 1973-75 graduating with a diploma in Social Work. He then attended the U of S, but returned to Kelsey to take Laboratory Technology, graduating in 1979. In 1974, Patty also moved to Saskatoon and attended the U of S for one year and then onto Kelsey Institute where she graduated as a Laboratory Technologist. She worked as a Microbiologist at the University Hospital for a number of years. Patty and Dallas were married on July 25, 1980. Saskatoon was a very good place for them. They had a very good circle of friends and they began to find their love of exploration and travel. | Together with their friend, Barry Woolhouse, they built a cabin from scratch at Lac La Plonge in Northern Saskatchewan. They enjoyed the open road and began their multiple road trips, following the road where-ever it went. This love of travel and adventure was something that would stay with them throughout their days together and was a great gift that they would pass onto their future children in years to come. Dallas was working in Medical research as the Head Technologist for Dr. Wayne Lautt in his Hepato-Renal Research Unit at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1984, Dallas and Patty followed the move of the research unit to the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This was a career that Dallas maintained for 32 years. A career that saw major advancements in our understanding of type 2 Diabetes and the creation of two biomedical companies. Patty instantly got employment within the University and excelled in the area of Immunology research. During their early years in Winnipeg, they continued their love of travel, exploring Canada, the US, Mexico and southeast Asia. At work, Patty moved to the Kidney Transplant Laboratory where she was responsible for cross-matching donated organs to an appropriate recipient. In 1990, CancerCare Manitoba started a new unit, the Peripheral Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Transplant program. Patty was invited to become the Head Technologist for the transplant laboratory and became an integral part of the program and was respected for her dedication, knowledge, and ability which left their mark on her colleagues, superiors and patients.
134: On April 12, 1991, Niall Cade Bakkestad-Legare was born to Patty and Dallas. From that day forward, he would impress his parents with his passion for life and his enthusiasm for things that he directed himself towards; acting, writing, friends and especially music. He is a very accomplished musician, but maintains a humbleness and quiet demeanor about himself. To watch him lost in thought is aways rewarded by a product that holds creativity, meaning and beauty, be it in the written word or music. His commitment to his passions and to those around him have made him an outstanding and unique individual. Kaira Chardais Bakkesad-Legare was born on May 5, 1993. As a child, forward to today, Kaira demonstrates a spirited and energetic passion for everything she does. Her love of life and her devotion to friends and family is unequivocal. Growing up, she excelled at the art of dance, gymnastics, and aerial dance utilizing the hoop trapeze and aerial silks. She was always, and still is a devoted student. Her self-determination, work ethic and fascination for knowledge has earned her great honors and the undying admiration of her mother and father. Her smile carries with it the depth of her soul and a truth that reveals her respect and love for everything and everyone around her. No parents could be prouder of their children, than we were of Niall and Kaira. Though life has dealt them hardship, they have maintained a strength and spirituality that I hope I can attain in my lifetime. | The greatest hardship came in February, 2006. Ironically, Patty was diagnosed with multiple-myloma, a form of bone marrow cancer. Instantly, her bosses became her primary physicians and her colleagues became her caregivers. In June 2006, Vicky was able to donate bone marrow to Patty. With this precious gift, together with treatment, care and love of her friends and family, Patty was able to watch her children grow, to share her love and laughter and to teach us all that life is to be valued and cherished for six additional years. Patty, Dallas, Niall and Kaira lived with Cancer, but it never interfered with living. Our beloved, beautiful Patty died March 13, 2012.
135: And so we carry on. We take from Patty the lesson that, in the face of adversity, you move forward, you grow stronger and you look within yourself and to your family and friends for the strength to live life to the fullest, to see beauty in the world and it's people and to give meaning to the life that was given you.
137: Niall Bakkestad- Legare | I , Niall , was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on April 12, 1991. There I grew up with my mother, Patricia, father Dallas, and younger sister Kaira. I excelled in academic studies. I began playing saxophone at age 11 and then started acting classics at age 12. I continued acting until I was 16 years old when my focus shifted to music. I pursued a degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Manitoba, where I studied with saxophonist Jimmy Greene. Influenced by Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson, I graduated with a Bachelor Degree in 2013. I began working on many of my own projects, including starting a group, Fauxpasfunk, which recorded and released our first album in 2015. I was accepted into the graduate program at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music and began my studies in the fall of 2015. Accompanying me on this journey is Lisa Bova who I met in high school. We began dating in the spring of 2010. Lisa began her education studies in the fall of 2009. She traveled to Thailand for her final year of studies and practicum. I joined her for six weeks and we traveled to Vietnam together. Both Lisa and I are excited for our move to New York City and the adventures to come.
138: Kaira Bakkestad-Legare I, Kaira, was born May 5th, 1993 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I grew up with my mother Patty, my father Dallas, my older brother Niall and our dog Molly. I loved going to school and I participated in many science fairs and speech competitions, eventually going to both the National Science Fair and the National Heritage Fair. However, summer and winter breaks were always a favorite as I looked forward to road trips with the family. I always loved visiting family in Assiniboia and going on camping and hiking expeditions. Growing up, I also enjoyed gymnastics, dance and aerial acrobatics, performing in Winnipeg, Ottawa and even Europe. After Grade 11, I attended the Lester B Pearson United World College of the Pacific on Vancouver Island in the two year International Baccalaureate program There I met, studied and lived with many wonderful people from all over the world. I also organized and ran a dance program at the school where I performed and helped choreograph pieces for the One World Show put on at the Royal Victoria Theatre. It was through my experience at Pearson College that I became interested in studying international relations, conflict and human rights. | I am attending the University of Ottawa for an Honors Degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights with a Minor in Biology. I keep busy with school, work and volunteering. During university I have achieved top grades, worked with the federal government in the Department of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, & the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development. I am serving as a President of my Student Association. Although busy with school, I love to spend time with my friends and family and am always excited to return home to either Winnipeg or to Saskatchewan whenever I get a chance. After graduating from my undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa, I hope to Pursue a Master's Program in Conflict Studies and Human Rights.
139: Patty, Vicky, Carol and Sharon at family functions.
140: Family in Norway, 1983 Patty, Vicky, Elling Carol Sharon Jean and Anne | Vicky Sharon, Patty, Carol | Carol, Elling, Sharon, Vicky, Jean Patty Sharon, Kaira, Carol Kailey, Patty, Vicky | Elling and Jeans 90th Birthday Party Carol, Sharon, Jean Elling, Vicky, Patty.
141: Craig, Kailey, Elling Wade, Jean, Keegan, Lane, Kelsey, Kaira, and Niall.
142: Sharon, Patty, Jean, Elling, Vicky and Carol | Doug, Sharon, Vicky, Keegan, Dean, Carol Bob Lane, Craig, Jean, Kelsey, Elling, Wade,&Patty 40th Wedding Anniversary 1979 | Dallas, Bob, Lane, Wade, Craig, Kelsey, Doug, Dean Keegan, Patty, Carol, Elling, Jean, Sharon, Vicky and Kailey 50th Wedding Anniversary, 1989 | Keegan, Doug, Dean, Wade, Bob, Dallas, Craig. Kelsey, Sharon, Vicky, Elling, Jean, Carol, Patty Kaira Lane Kailey Niall 80th Birthday Party 1993
143: Craig, Dallas, Patty, Dean, Vicky, Bob, Carol, Sharon, Wade Keegan, Niall, Kaira, Kailey, Kelsey, Jean, Elling Lane 60th Wedding Anniversary 1999
144: The Celebrations Continue Elling and Jean would often find a reason to bring their family together, usually anniversaries, and birthdays. They would have a banquet, sometimes a dance, and always an evening program. It became a tradition for our family to travel from all across Canda to attend. Everyone was welcome. Since 2009, the families have kept this tradition alive by making the trek to Nemeiben Lake in Northern Saskatchewan. It is a wonderful weekend with wonderful people. We enjoy water sports, an evening program, family Olympics, themes, a light show, golf and food. It is always so much fun to catch up with family annually. We laugh until we cry, play until we drop, eat until we can't . Live, Laugh, Love