S: Hovdestad Family
FC: Hovdestad Family
1: Didrik Hovdestad and Louise Rindahl married 1897
2: Didrik | DDdhf | This is the farm of Elias and Maria Hovdestad, near Skudesneshavn, on the island of Karmoia, in the Stavanger district of Southern Norway.
3: Di | Didrik E. Hovdestad was born March 30, 1868, near Skudesneshavn, on the island of Karmoia, to Elias and Maria Hovdestad. Didrik's siblings were: Elias who passed away as a young man, Holger, and Jacob and sisters Lena (Olene), Stina (Anna Kirstine) and Marthea. They grew up in frugal circumstances with limited education, but without any real need. Their livelihood was gained from farming - a few cows, sheep, chickens and a horse. They had native hay, oats and barley. They also did some fishing. Everything they had they made themselves - taking wool from the sheep to make yarn to weave and knit. Shoes were made with wooden soles and leather uppers. As the population of Norway grew, it became increasingly difficult to feed the many mouths in the limited areas of arable land. Industries were few and the promise of a better life in North America beckoned to many in all of Europe. Thus it was, in 1886 at the age of 18, that Didrik and his two brothers and two sisters left their home and emigrated to the United States. Holger and Lena chose to return to the family farm inNorway. Neither married and so there are no close relatives in Norway. Didrik settled in North Dakota, where he worked at various jobs with the exception of one winter when he ventured west to work at bridge building in Washington. He returned to Clifford, ND, where he spent the rest of his time before coming to Canada.
4: Louise Rindahl was born on August 13, 1875, to John O. and Maria (Lee) Rindahl, in Coon Rapids, Wisconsin, USA. On her baptismal certificate, her parents' names are recorded as Johannes Olsen Rindal and Mari Thrandsen She had three brothers: Olaf, Melvin and Bennie, and seven sisters: Christina, Lena, Amanda, Theresa, Thea, Minnie and Tina. When her mother died, her father married Karen Sveegaren. There are records of three children; Inez, Oliver, and Kenneth. Other records include more children. The Rindahls moved to North Dakota in the latter part of the nineteenth century, where they built up a lovely farmstead. | John O. & Maria Rindahl | Didrik & Louise
5: In 1897, Didrik and Louise were married, and went to work on the Jones and Brinker farm, which consisted of seven sections of land. At that time, this was an impressive farming operation, which would have required approximately one hundred and fifty mules and horses as well as the man-power to carry out the work. Didrik was employed as a “stable boss”. His duties were to clean the barn, have hay in the mangers and oats in the feed boxes when the teams came home, and general maintenance. He worked on this farm for several years, until he was able to buy ten horses with harnesses, and some machinery. From then on, he rented different farms in the area. Didrik was a hard-working man, and steady. He made his time count. He was very thrifty and provided well for his family. There were rumors of much free land available in Canada, in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. This was quite enticing, as most of the homesteads were taken in North Dakota, so he set his sights on emigrating once more. Along with Didrik and Louise, three other families decided to make the journey to Saskatchewan in 1907. They were: Jacob & Aline Hovdestad (no relation), Osmond & Sophie Olson, and Edward & Agnes Hermanson. Once the decision to emigrate was made, the goods for shipping were loaded onto wagons, and the livestock herded to Mayville, North Dakota where everything was loaded onto railroad cars, and billed to Waldeck, Saskatchewan. The men of the families set out, along with their belongings, to get the homesteads ready. The women and children followed at a later date.
6: Didrik shipped out three brood mares, six cows, a crate of chickens, and a dog named Shep. Implements included a six foot binder, with a right hand cut, a press drill, plow, disk, harrows, walking plow, and various tools. With this was loaded a wagon and a democrat, which was a two-seater buggy. Household items included a cast iron stove, a heater, table, two beds, a platform rocker, kitchen chairs, a churn that Didrik had made, crocks and a sewing machine. They also had to bring enough hay and oats for the livestock during the trip, and upon arrival. There was, however, an abundance of grass all around the homestead for grazing. In July, the men sent for their families. These families consisted of four mothers, and twenty-three children, ranging in age from babies to thirteen years old. The youngest was Viola Hermanson, and the oldest Alvin Olson. Grandpa Rindahl and maternal uncle Ole Wick, came as far as Winnipeg with the families to help them travel, as did an uncle, Martin Pedersen, who came all the way to Waldeck. Didrik and Louise's family consisted of seven children: Minnie, Lina, Elvina, Klara, Francis, Joe and Myrtle. Two daughters, Myrtle (Minnie's twin) and Alda died before coming to Canada. The families, as their men folk had, took the train from Mayville, North Dakota, and crossed the border at Emerson, Manitoba, to Winnipeg and finally, Waldeck, Saskatchewan. Here the fathers were reunited with their families, whom they hadn’t seen in over two months. Didrik's homestead was SE 24,19,13 Wof 3rd. To establish the homestead, there were countless jobs. A fire guard had to be plowed, as prairie wool grass during the hot and dry weather made prairie fires a constant threat. Chicken coops and barns were built to house the livestock that they had brought. Milking cows was a daily chore, and hay had to be put up for the winter months. In order to prove up their homestead, they had to break up a certain number of acres per year, and live on their land for at least six months per year for three years or more.
7: Louise and Didrik’s homestead was SE , Section 24, Township 19, Range 13, west of the third meridian, twenty miles north of Waldeck. The original homestead house was a single board wall house covered with tar paper without a proper ceiling and no storm windows. It was lived in until 1965. These pictures were taken in 1943 when Joe and Lydia lived there.
8: The lack of available water created hardship, as the homesteaders had to travel three miles to the Swift Current creek to draw water. A good spring was found west of their homestead on the banks of the Swift Current creek. The time-consuming chore of hauling water was done with barrels, which, in winter, would ice over before the team reached the barn. In 1918, Didrik had a well dug which was about three hundred feet deep and provided good water for the family and livestock. A windmill was used to pump the water. Another arduous task was procuring fuel for the household. The only wood to be found was in the steep coulees. The trees had to be chopped down in the coulees and then pulled up with logging chains. After being hauled home, the wood had to be sawn into stove-lengths and piled. Each night in winter the stoves had to be stoked to try to keep some warmth until the morning. Water for washing clothes had to be hauled from the barrel or well and heated on the stove, then clothes were washed on a washboard or in a hand crank-operated machine and hung out to dry, winter and summer. Almost all clothes were ironed, using three sad irons that were placed on the hot stove to heat and rotated, attaching the handle to the hot one, to iron until it was too cool and then switching to the next hot one. During the busy seasons of seeding and harvest, the women had to pitch in and do much of the chores of milking and feeding animals. In the days of threshing machines there might be 20 men to feed 5 times a day, as well. In 1908, tragedy struck when Louise gave birth to her tenth child, on the 12th of August. Her first birthing had produced twins, on the 24th of April, 1898; and now, ten years later, she gave birth to her tenth child, whom they named Louise. This baby was the first born in the new community.
9: Since there was no doctor nearer than Waldeck, which was twenty miles away, and no telephone, Pete Thodeson was dispatched on horseback to call the doctor. Unfortunately, the doctor wasn’t home, but was three miles further off, and Pete had to go the extra distance. The doctor also had to do so, driving twenty-three miles with a team. Likely six hours had elapsed since Pete left, and when the doctor arrived, Louise had hemorrhaged and passed away. They said that Pete wept when he arrived and found out he was too late. Didrik’s grief in facing the prospect which lay before him - living life without his beloved wife and raising eight children without a mother, must have been devastating. | Louise was buried in the yard, as there was no cemetery established in the community yet. There was no minister available, so Mr. Hermanson conducted a graveside service. This was made official at a later date, when a minister visited the area. When the community built Nordland Lutheran Church, the cemetery there became her final resting place. Mrs. Sophie Olson and Mrs. Petra Austring, who were amateur midwives, attended Louise before and after her death; delivering the baby, and other necessary duties. Mrs. Olson took the baby home, caring for her until Louise’s youngest sister, Amanda Rindahl, came and delivered the baby to an older sister, Mrs. Christina Hans Lund, who lived at Aneta, North Dakota. Christina did not live long after this; but, in due time, Hans Lund married his sister-in-law, Amanda, and they kept the baby Louise until she was seven, when she came back and joined the family at Beaver Flat. Didrik’s sister Stina, who had homesteaded at Plaza, North Dakota, came to help look after the children for three years. Later, Mrs. Anna Carlson, with her sons, Fritz and Johnnie, spent one year with the family. Following this, Minnie, who was now fifteen years old, with her younger sisters, managed the house, although the neighbor women were very helpful in many ways.
10: Amanda Rindahl Lund | Hans & Christina (Rindahl ) Lund | Louise's brother Melvin Rindahl homesteaded later on, about 1910 , at NE 24,19,13 W of 3rd. He married Martha Tollerud. . They had two sons, Leonard and Ralph. Ralph married Mabel Moen, daughter of Ruth (Olson) and Julius Moen. Ralph and Mabel had one son, Robert. | Melvin & Martha Rindahl | Stina Hovdestad | Stina married Pete Moen after taking care of Didrik's children.
11: Louise and her Aunt Amanda Lund
12: Didrik continued to farm with horses until the spring of 1929, when he traded two horses and two mules on a IHC15 30hp tractor, as well as a 21 foot Massey wide level disk, and an IHC 14 foot drill. In late summer, he bought an IHC truck. As they still had to haul grain 21 miles to Waldeck, this was a great help. One man could now haul as much grain in 2 days as 2 men with 6 - 8 horses could haul in a week. When the financial crush came in 1929, they reverted back to horses for much of the work. They needed 12 horses to pull the 21 ft disk. Didrik came through it all never seeming discouraged or worried. He believed that 'All things work together for good to those that love the Lord' (Rom. 8:28). He kept up his pace on the farm until July 27, 1939 when he took sick and remained in bed where he died a few days later.
13: A school district was organized, and in 1908 a one room school house was built on the NE corner of Didrik's homestead. Children came from as far as 3 3/4 miles away. The school was named Hovdestad S,D, #2045. Didrik served on the school board for many years. During the early years, English school was held only 6 months of the year, and Norwegian parochial school was held for 4-6 weeks during the summer months. As time went on, the English school term was lengthened, the parochial school was shortened, and English was the language used. The first telephone connection with Waldeck was made in 1916. In the community, barbed wire telephones were used. The school was used as a church as well. The first pastor was Lars O Tysseland, an affiliate of the Lutheran Free Church. He began his ministry in 1910, and continued for more than 25 years. Nordland Lutheran Free Church was established in 1921, and an excavation was done for a church basement on land donated by Thorsten Austring. This was covered over with a roof and worship services and Sunday School were held there. About this time, there was a split in the church, and a number of members left. As a consequence, there was no church superstructure built for 19 years, until 1940. | During the Great Depression of the dirty thirties, the dramatic drop in wheat prices broke the Sask Wheat Pool and the Government of Saskatchewan had to bail them out. Almost everyone in the area was on government relief - a family of 8 - 10 would receive about $45 per month. Many families in SW Saskatchewan gave up and moved away.
14: Didrik Hovdestad, Joseph, Minnie, Francis, Klara Louise, Lina, Myrtle, Alvina
15: Didrik and Louise's children Minnie Arletta - April 24, 1898 - March 14, 1982 Saskatoon Myrtle Alvida - April 24 1898 - June 1898 Clifford ND Lina Maria - Aug. 2, 1899 - Jan. 8, 1959 Beaver Flat Elvina Ovidia - Nov. 5, 1900 - Nov. 13, 1927 Beaver Flat Klara Teresa - Dec. 22, 1901 - Dec. 8, 1985 Saskatoon Elmer Francis - Jan. 28, 1903 - Sept 28, 1986 Saskatoon Joseph Miland - May 22, 1904 - Mar 5, 1992 Alda Mildred - 1905 died at 8 months Clifford, ND Myrtle - Oct. 5, 1906 - Jan. 29, 1931 Beaver Flat Louise - Aug. 12, 1908 - July 13, 1992 Beaver Flat All of the children were born at Clifford, ND except for Louise who was born at Beaver Flat, Saskatchewan | Elvina & Lena | Elvina & Klara | Lena, Klara, Myrtle and Louise with Rex | Elvina, Myrtle, Klara
16: Louise with Aunt Amanda and her son Miles Lund Clara, Louise & Myrtle
17: Myrtle, Francis, Elvina, Joseph, Lena Minnie, Louise, Didrik, Klara
18: Hans - b: Aug. 3, 1891 d: Jan. 19, 1973. Minnie - b: Apr. 24, 1898 d: Mar. 14,1982. They had seven children: 1. Lillian Evelyn - b: Aug.1, 1924 married Philip F. Vellacott on Jan. 3, 1942 children: Patricia, Donna, Darwin, Sharon, Allen, Melva, Lorne, Bradley 2. Dorothy - b: Apr. 2, 1926 married Elmer Miller on July 23, 1947 children: Gail, Brian 3. Floyd Malcolm - b: July 5, 1927 d: May 2, 2002 married Elsie Marshall on Aug. 20, 1953 children: Dale, Bradley, Terry 4. Eunice Muriel - b: July 9, 1928 married Thomas Wilson on Sept 29, 1949 (divorced) children: Brenda, Maureen, Beverly, Barry, Scott married Arnold Albertson on Oct. 6, 1979 5. Eugene- b: July 9, 1928 d: May 25, 2002 married Shirley Nickerson on Aug. 21, 1954 children: Cheryl, Donna, Daryl, Kelly 6. Howard Maynard - b: Mar .2, 1930 d: Feb. 7, 1983 7. Eileen Alda - b: Aug.2, 1932 married Stephen Prodaehl on Apr. 22, 1952 children: Donald, Barbara, Laurie, Kathryn, Daniel, David, Jacqueline, Jody, Stephanie married Alfred Baker on Apr. 6, 1987 | Hans and Minnie (Hovdestad) Myhre Married August 8, 1923
19: Eileen, Howard, Eunice, Eugene, Dorothy Floyd, Minnie, Hans, Lillian | After their marriage, Hans and Minnie farmed in the Beaver Flat district until 1933, when they moved to farm at Wadena, and later Paswegin, Saskatchewan. In 1946 they moved to Flin Flon, MB. where Hans worked mostly as a delivery man for a bakery. In 1951 they moved to Saskatoon, where Hans worked at various jobs. He was a watchman at the U. of S., and he also spent time in the spring and fall seasons helping on his uncle's farm at Sanctuary, Sask. Minnie was a devoted wife and mother. She spent her time caring for Howard in their home for many years, and enjoyed her children and grandchildren. Through the years the kids loved to come to the farm to visit with Grandpa Hovdestad and Aunts Clara and Lena.
20: Clara (Klara) was the fourth in their family of 8 living children. She was short in stature with a spine that curved to make a large hump on her upper back. Clara told Carolynn that she felt pain in her back one summer day when she was picking peas with her sisters She was sick in bed for several weeks and during that time her spine became deformed. Doctors later told her that it was probably tuberculosis of the spine. She never complained about it and was always a hard worker, willing to do more than her share. She cared for her father until his death, as well as Lena and others. She was | Aunty's house | always there to help her siblings with their busy, large families. Clara lived in her little three room, L-shaped house that she shared with Lena and with Francis when he needed a place to call home. It was pretty, cozy and clean. There were two single beds and dressers in the bedroom. The living room had a couch, a rocking chair, a space heater, a buffet and a round oak table with six chairs. The kitchen had a wood burning stove, two freestanding cupboards, the wringer washer, and under the west window, a small table with fold-down leaves on each side and two chairs. They had a barn where she kept some chickens and a cow that she milked. Their income came from the rent they received from Joe, who rented the quarter of land that Clara had inherited from her father. Clara loved to have company. She was a "kaffekjerring" - the coffee pot was always on, and she enjoyed drinking several cups of coffee each day. She was skilled at needlework and sewing. In 1961 Clara moved to Saskatoon, where she lived with her niece Lois Finnestad, and in a little house that she bought, and eventually the Lutheran Sunset Home. Clara died of a clot in her lung just before her 84th birthday.
21: Lina Maria Lina lived with Clara in their little house across the road, just NE of their father's farm. Lina suffered from epilepsy and depended on her sister Clara for care and companionship. Lena was good at drawing and sketching. | Clara Teresa Aunty, as she was called, was dearly loved by all of her nieces and nephews. Nothing was nicer than to go to Aunty's house and visit and perhaps get treated to her white sugar cookies or fried chicken. She was gracious, positive and generous to all.
22: Both Myrtle and Elvina, along with Francis and Minnie, contracted TB. Myrtle and Elvina spent time in the Saskatchewan Sanatorium at Qu'appelle, in hopes of a cure. In the summer times when they were home they would sleep in a granary outside where the fresh air was supposed to help. | Providence Hospital, Moose Jaw , Sask. where Myrtle died in 1931 at the age of 25. | Louise and Myrtle at the summer granary sleeping quarters
23: Myrtle | Elvina | Myrtle and Elvina always lived at home with their father. They would go out to work for neighbours and help in their home. They were good seamstresses and did beautiful needlework.
24: Elvina and Louise | Louise
25: Louise spent the first years of her life in North Dakota, with her Aunt Amanda Lund, whom she recalled with fondest memories. At age seven she was brought back to live with her father and older siblings at the farm at Beaver Flat. It must have been a traumatic thing to leave the only mother she had known, to live with people who were strangers to her. They had kept up correspondence but I don't know that they ever visited back and forth. Louise kept contact with Amanda and her three sons, Miles, Clifford and Russel Lund until her death. Louise told of sleeping five girls crosswise in a bed upstairs, and of having only two fruits - stewed dried prunes one week and stewed dried apples the next week. She loved school and went until the eighth grade at Hovdestad school. Her good friend was Lena Funk. When her father needed more help in the fields, Louise was only too happy to be outside working with the horses and machinery. She told of driving a team of six horses and remembered the names of the ones she was very fond of. She enjoyed reading, music and singing, and playing the organ at home. When she was asked what she and Sydney did when they went courting, she could not remember....we suspect it was something she was not comfortable talking about. We heard that they went horseback riding and to young people's social gatherings. On December 22, 1932, in the family living room, she married Sydney Olson, who grew up one mile east of the Hovdestad farm. Louise wore a pale green satin dress and a veil borrowed from Sydney's sister Ruth. They took over Sydney's father's homestead and moved into the original three room homestead house. She was more shy than outgoing, but loved to have company and would host a family gathering without hesitation. They milked cows, made butter and sold cream. Sydney hunted coyotes with greyhounds, and trapped animal and sold their hides. Louise grew a large garden and canned hundreds of quarts of fruit and vegetables each fall, as well as some meats. Much of the family's clothing was hand made. Sydney and Louise built two more houses on the farm, adding electricity in 1954 and running water and sewage in 1961. In 1962 the community subscribed to the Eastside Telephone company on the Swift Current exchange. Sydney lived on the farm until his death from an aneurysm in 1972. Louise moved into a trailer on the yard and then into a house in Swift Current. She moved back to the farm in 1990 to live in a granny suite attached to her daughter Colleen and son-in-law Brent's new house. She was active and enjoyed life and her family. She drove her car on the day she died from heart failure - July 13, 1992.
26: Elmer, Orlando, Stanley, Dennis Lois, Clarice, Louise, Carolynn, Sydney, Colleen, Gordon | Sydney Olson & Louise Hovdestad Married Dec. 22, 1932
27: Orlando Duane born Oct. 12, 1933 -married Sept. 9, 1961 Victoria June Miller b: June 27, 1940; divorced -children: -Andrew Duane b: Aug.9, 1963 + Aug. 12, 1995 to Tina Crigger b: Aug. 21, 1971 -Joel Curtis b: Aug. 24, 1966 + July 1, 2000 to Mindy Czerwinski b: Jan. 23, 1971 children: Zoe Joelle b: Feb. 4, 2002 Phoebe Rose b: Jan. 10, 2005 -common law wife - Faye Oswald Lois Shirley b: Dec. 30, 1934 d: Oct. 9, 1999 -married Dec.4, 1954 to Kenneth Lavern Finnestad b: Aug. 10, 1932 -children: -Sonje (Wendy Lynn) Finnestad b: March 7, 1956 -Faith Maureen b: May 24, 1958 +July 16, 1992 to Christopher Devlin Hicks b: June 27, 1946 children; Samuel Devlin b: Aug. 26, 1992 Benedict Olson b: Aug. 26, 1992 Jacob Wessely b: Oct. 2, 1995 -Craig Richard b: June 14, 1960 + July 9, 1994 to Colleen Marie Bowen b: Apr.5, 1960 children: Kai Erik Per b: July 11, 2001 Petra Lisbet b: Dec. 14, 2004 -Tove (Bonnie) Leanne Oct. 17, 1962 + Feb 21, 2004 to Jordon Pontell b: Feb 13, 1967; divorced children: Marsden Avery Finnestad Pontell b: July 30, 2004 Stanley Lorne b: Mar 31, 1936 d: Nov 31, 1936 | Orlando, Vicki, Andrew, Joel | Ken & Lois
28: Stanley Melvin b: Apr. 24, 1938 d: May 9, 1978 -married Aug 8, 1964 to Marjorie Patricia Johnson b: Mar 17, 1943\ -children: -Randy Wayne b: Jan 21, 1976 + Sept 30, 2007 to Nerida Jane Schaerf b: May 6, 1982 -Rodney Scott b: Apr 2, 1978 Dennis Leroy b: Dec 23, 1939 -married Aug 22, 1962 to Gloria Edith Johnson b: May 27, 1941; divorced -children -Tonje Lois b: Apr 27, 1965 + common law Marty Moser -Kari Denise b: Nov 10, 1967 + Apr 3, 1999 to Jesper Toft b: Sept 23, 1971; divorced children -Nesta b: June 3, 1999 -Nanah Chili b: Feb 2, 2001 -Kjell Terry b: Feb 4, 1970 + May 15, 2007 to Nina Sidhu Elmer Gerald b: Sept 12, 1941 -married June 10, 1967 to Marlene Anne Cole b: Dec 17, 1941 -children -Joni Tricia b: Apr 9, 1971 d: Apr 9, 1971 -Brett Sydney b: Nov 3, 1973 d: Nov 3, 1973 -Elmira Joy b: Dec 28, 1974 + July 1, 2005 to Lance Engley b: Mar 12, 1973 children -Siara Maria b: Sept 15, 2010 -Sheri Lee b: Apr 10, 1977 + Oct 16, 1998 to Kevin Michael Merasty b: June 21, 1978 children -Addyson Belle b: Jan 3, 2007 -Jackson Evan b: Feb 26, 2010 -Marisa Anne b: May 24, 1978 d: May 24, 1978 | Stanley & Pat | Elmer & Marlene
29: Fay b: July 9, 1942 d: July 9, 1942 Gordon Ordean b: Sept 12, 1944 -married Mar 21, 1970 to Patricia Kathleen Allen b: Mar 17, 1947; divorced -children -Lenice Dawn b: Dec 19, 1972 + May 22, 1993 to Jeffrey Thomas Harms b: Mar 30, 1972 children -Amaris Peace b: Nov 24, 1996 -Jonah Bjorn b: Jul 20, 1998 -Isaiah Samuel b: Oct 26, 2000 -Kelly David b: Sept 7, 1974 d: Sept 7, 1974 -Travis Ryan b: Sept 26, 1976 + Oct 29, 2000 to Kirsten Danielle Wiensz b: Aug 19, 1976 children -Erika Solveig b: Nov 24, 2007 -Jesse Joel b: Dec 26, 2009 -Tyler Douglas b: Nov 16, 1977 + June 19, 2004 to Mari Ihlebaek b: Jan 22, 1976 children -Noah b: Oct 10, 2010 -married Jan 7, 2006 to Eleanor (Ellie) Derksen b: Aug 25, 1949 | Gordon & Pat | Dennis & Gloria | Elmer & Marlene
30: Colleen Janis b: June 13, 1946 -married June 29, 1974 to Brent Gordon Eliason b: Dec 30, 1949 -children -Rachael Clarice b: June 20, 1977 + Dec 27, 2005 to Curtis Grant Wiebe b: Mar 22, 1975 children -Levin Jacob b; Aug 14, 2007 -Karsten Grant b: Mar 22, 2010 -Ivy Clarice b: Jan. 12, 2012 -Ruth Megan b: June 8, 1979 + Aug 1, 2004 to Cameron Paul Broten b: Apr 29, 1978 children -Magnus Paul b: Apr 28, 2009 d; Apr 28, 2009 -Ingrid Louise b; June 16, 2010 -Clara Evangeline b: April 5, 2012 -Esther Ann b: Sept 19, 1981 + Aug 7, 2005 to Carman Andrew Darle Rabuka b: July 16, 1981 children -Simone Louise b: Aug 27, 2010 Clarice Thelma b: Jan 2, 1948 -married Dec 27, 1970 to Barry Eugene Bence b: July 27, 1943 -children -Rebecca Janis b: Sept 16, 1974 + Oct 12, 2008 to Jared Campell Waddell b: Oct 24, 1976 children -Evan Gordon b: Nov 30, 2009 -Sarah Faith b: Jan 12, 1977 + Oct 8, 2005 to Christos Katiniaris b: July 23, 1977 children -Theo Christos Morrissey b: July 10, 2010 -Jonathan Matthew b: Aug 6, 1980
31: Carolynn Terry b: Dec 13, 1949 -married Dec 27, 1969 to Eugene Christian Mau b: Apr 20, 1948 -children -Christiaan Sydney b: Sept 22, 1977 + Oct 28, 2000 to Lorraine Denise Dick b: Nov 22, 1977 children -Kaitlynn Emma b: Sept 24, 2003 -Heidi Nicole b: Jan 23, 2006 -Zoe Kaara b: Aug 11, 2007 -Sydney Ashlyn b: July 9, 2009 -Elke Esther b: Oct 14, 1979 + Aug 2, 2009 to Nathaniel Morrow Gibson b: June 14, 1981 children -Matthan Christian Mau Gibson b: July 13, 2011 | Gene & Carolynn | Dennis, Gordon, Stanley Carolynn, Elmer, Orlando, Clarice Lois, Sydney, Louise, Colleen
32: Karen, Kae, Delaine, Shirley, Lorne Wanda, Lydia, Grandma Overlid, Joe, Larry | Joseph & Lydia (Overlid) Hovdestad married 1934 in Hawarden, Sask. | Joe was a cowboy in his younger years and worked for Walter Knight on his ranch by the Saskatchewan River. After that he farmed with his father. When he married Lydia, they moved to the Iver Jorgenson place north of Sydney Olson's farm (N1/2 of 20 19 12) In 1936, they moved back to the home farm where Joe farmed until he retired in 1976. From 1947 to 1954, Joe and Lydia moved to Elbow Sask. to be near Lydia's parents, Peter and Louise Overlid. During this time Joe worked there as a carpenter, as well as continued to farm the home place. When Joe retired, he moved to Swift Current, and later lived with some of his children. | Lydia died of a heart attack in July 1973
33: Wanda, Delaine, Lorne, Kae, Larry, Shirley, Karen Tim, Joe, Lydia, Terry
34: Family of Joe and Lydia Hovdestad | Delaine Patricia - b: July 15, 1935 Married Ron Olson July 21, 1956 children - Kevin, Kelly, Cameron, Brent Kathleen Lorraine (Kae) - b: Feb. 21 1938 Married Myron Germo Aug. 9, 1958 children - Linda, Jeffrey, Corlis, Daniel, Darrel, Paul, Kathy Shirley Clarice - b: May 1, 1939 - Feb. 9, 1998 Married Vern Olson May 10, 1958 children - Lorrie, Darren, Julie, Kim, Darcy Jesse Lorne - b: Aug. 24, 1940 Married Darlene Norgaard Aug 29, 1964 children - Kirsti, Mark, Kari, Gregory Karen Louise - b: Dec. 30, 1941 Married Don Moench Aug 15, 1981 children - Sean, Aaron Larry Didrik - b: Mar 24, 1945 Married Wendy Ganes May 22, 1999 Wanda Mae - b: Apr 15, 1948 Married Larry Moffat May 20, 1972 children - Lisa, Scott Terry Lynn - b: June 11, 1956 Married John Erickson July 1, 1978 children - Katie, Jeremy Timothy Joseph - b: Oct 13, 1957 Married Rondi Bergstad Nov 26, 1983 children - Leah, Tory
35: Elmer Francis Hovdestad Jan. 28, 1903 - Sept. 28, 1986 | Francis enjoyed school and attended the newly formed Outlook College (later Saskatchewan Lutheran Bible Institute) and was in the first graduating class of 1920. When he was ready to earn a living, his father helped him go to Normal School as he did not think the farm could support 2 boys. Francis taught school for a few years at Craven, Prelate and Hovdestad schools. He managed the Coop gas station in Stewart Valley for some years and ran a rooming house in Vancouver. He was a talented baseball pitcher and played with the Buena Vista team near Leinan that won many tournaments. Francis was not ambitious, but was content to live a simple life - off and on with his sister Clara, or Louise and her family for eight years in the 60's. He would do fieldwork for Omer Carlson, or clean grain for Sydney in the spring. Reading and watching television were his favourite pastimes. In approximately 1969, he moved to Saskatoon to live with Clara in her little house and later in the Lutheran Sunset home.
36: Minnie, Clara, Joe, Louise Francis at the Hovdestad family reunion in 1980 at LCBI, Outlook, Sask. | Didrik built this cupboard for their home after moving to Beaver Flat.
37: Acknowledgements: I never could have imagined how difficult it would be to compile a book such as this. Just getting all the facts was a job in itself, but the real inadequacies lay in doing justice to the rich lives and unique personalities of each individual. I guess they could each write a book of their own. So it is with the realization of these limitations that I do this book for my children and grandchildren - with the hope that it will at least give them a glimpse into the lives and personalities of our ancestors, and an appreciation of their own roots. A more detailed history of these people can be found in 'Excelsior Echoes' - a local history of the people in the RM of Excelsior, and in Uncle Joe's history book 'The Hovdestads'. I want to acknowledge all of the people who helped make it possible to do this book: ~ Tyler Olson - for taking pictures of my photos to put into the computer ~ My husband Brent and daughters Rachael, Ruth & Esther - for encouragement, ideas, typing and editing ~ Uncle Joe, for writing a Hovdestad history in 1980, from which I gleaned much information ~ My siblings and Hovdestad cousins, who put up with numerous phone calls and emails to help fill in the blanks ~ Our ancestors contained in this book, who gave us a rich heritage that I am proud to document ~ Anyone else who I might have inadvertently missed With love, Colleen Janis (Olson) Eliason