Wednesday, December 29, 2010
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Friday, July 23, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
During World War II my Dad was in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was an airplane mechanic, so he never went overseas. He was stationed in London, Ontario when he met my Mom and shortly after they were married he was transferred to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Here he is in his uniform looking all neat and trim!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
My grandparents, Florence Marie Carlson and Magnus Joseph Leander Wegren were both born and raised in Illinois. In 1903, Joseph and his family left for Saskatchewan to homestead 160 acres near the small town of Allan.
Joe and Florence corresponded and their families kept in touch. 1 Aug 1911 they were married in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They went to live on his farm and raised their family - John, Rodney, Josephine and Dale.
Life on the prairie was very different from the life Gramma had lived as a girl. She had been raised in the city of Moline, Illinois and before she got married she had taught school. It was a complete reversal of what her life had been in Moline.
She learned and adjusted to life on the farm and was a wonderful wife and mother. She made a very happy life for herself and her family. She never got back to Moline. Her father had died efore her marriage and her mother moved west with them. Mom said she told her that she felt she couldn't spend he money on the proper wardrobe needed to go back to visit.
Grampa was a wheat farmer & a blacksmith. He was a mountain of a man, a gentle giant and people all around called him “Big Joe Wegren”.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
After I posted this page the other day with the white background, I decided it looked really stark; so I reworked it with some color and now like it a lot better.
The new page I am posting for today is of my Great Grandmother Johanna. My Dad always spoke highly of her. I think she must have been a very special lady.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Continuing with heritage layouts on my Dad's family:
The top photo on this layout was taken in 1941. It is of the family home. My Dad had this in an album he had taken with him when he went in the RCAF. The photo of the family below was taken around 1934. Left to right is: Dale, Grampa, Gramma, John, Josephine and Rodney.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
This one, "Saskatchewan Winters", was done for a flashback challenge. The journaling is as follows:
When my Dad was growing up on the prairies of Saskatchewan, the winters were bitter cold and lots of snow. The roads were not plowed, so to get around they used horse drawn covered sleighs. When the weather was terrible they used the oxen. There was a window out front and a place for the reins to come through and a seat for the driver. There were benches along either side and a small woodstove in it for heat. They used these as late as the 1950’s. I can remember the one in the bottom photo.