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The following information is from page 116 to 120 of Crandall History Book, 2000.

Family Histories:
Remlinger; Richardson; Reid; Robinson

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Remlinger, Ernie and Laurel nee Henderson
Laurel Remlinger was born in 1938, the eldest daughter of Nelson and Minnie Henderson. I grew up in Crandall and was educated there. I belonged to the C.G.I.T., Y.P.U., 4-H sewing club, Hamiota and Oakner 4-H calf club.
I was married in 1956 and of this marriage I have four daughters, Melvena Ledoux, Hazel (Robin) Bellamy, Leslie (Dwight) Dunlop and Laura-Lee Casemore.
In 1969 I married Russell Ernest Remlinger of Estevan and we have one son, Darcy (Teena).
We are the proud grandparents of twelve grandchildren. Deleena Sundi (Chris Clothier), Scott (Tina) Sundi, Tina Vonau, Michelle Falcon (Wendzina), Michael Wendzina, Stephanie and Adam Dunlop. Thomas, Cory, Jason and Bryden Casemore and Dyllan Remlinger, two step grandchildren, Che' Bellamy and Charmaine Pollock (Bellamy). As well we have six great grandchildren, Chad Sundi, Taylor Vonau, Alex Sundi, Jordan and Autumn-Lea Wendzina, Austin Falcon and three step great grandchildren, Darian and Christopher Pollock and Jeff Blaumer.
Ernie and I moved to Saskatoon in 1982 where he works as the lead heavy-duty mechanic in a shop and in his spare time he has a small mechanical business out of the garage of our home.
I am a self employed companion/caregiver for elderly people in an Independent Living Complex for those needing assistance but still wish to live in their own home.

Richardson, Howard and Shirley (nee Angus)
Howard and Shirley & Family My Dad, George Angus, was born on May 26, 1869 in Gamrie, Scotland. He came to Canada, along with four brothers and two sisters, and settled in the Scotia district. Later Dad left the Scotia district and bought land east of Crandall. He eventually built a house in Crandall and moved there with his family. His first wife, Clara, died in 1918. One of my memories of my Dad was of him driving to Hamiota with his model T Ford that was used only for special occasions. He always kept it cleaned and polished and in excellent condition. I remember how he took the batteries out after each trip. They looked like brown boxes, nothing like the batteries of today.
I will always remember people from the surrounding area putting their teams in our stable when they came to take part in community events. It didn't matter if it was skating, curling, hockey, attending church going to movies or to shop. What a change from the Crandall we know now.
Dad loved to tell his grandchildren about the times he drove his grain to Virden with oxen and had to walk behind the wagon to keep warm.
Dad and I always attended church together. One of his weekly rituals was to clean his chain and watch fob with bread and water until it shone. Every Saturday evening, before he went to bed, he wound the mantle clock. Dad rose early every morning to eat his porridge with a cup of milk. He would dip each spoonful of porridge in the cup of milk. He loved his garden and Mom did too. She just loved to walk through the flowers, especially the sweet peas and the gladiola he grew. Of course she did all the preserving and canning of the fruit and vegetables so we could enjoy the food all winter long.
My mother, Maude Adams, was born in Palmerston Ontario. She had one brother and eight sisters. Mom married my Dad in 1920, a few years after the sudden death of her first husband. Mom was a wonderful cook, she loved company and when they dropped in for a visit she could make a meal fit for royalty out of what, it seemed to me at the time, was virtually nothing.
I can hardly remember our home without boarders. Some of the students from Palmerston came for the week and went home on weekends. Crandall offered Grades 9 to 11 that were not offered in Palmerston. Many teachers lived in our home, and when they moved on, most kept in touch with Mom for years afterwards. I remember the young men "coming courting". And quite a number of these teachers married and continued to live in the Crandall area. My mother would always see the best in everyone. She never said a bad word about anyone. Both Mom and Dad loved to have their grandchildren drop in for cookies or buns and of course, listen to Dad's stories of the past. They were good days, no money but many good neighbours and friends to visit with.
I was the only child of Maude and George Angus. I took my schooling in Crandall and was even able to take Grade 12 there. It was one of the few years Grade 12 was offered in our small town. I tried permit teaching for a few months, but I was not cut out to be a teacher. I was fortunate enough to get a job in the Royal Bank at Shoal Lake, Manitoba that I really enjoyed.
In 1952 I married Howard Richardson of Miniota, Manitoba. Howard was the eldest son of Arthur and Emma Richardson. After we were married, we lived on his family farm, but in 1961 we moved to Hugh Gibbon's farm north of Miniota. In 1976 we moved to the Village of Miniota, although Howard continued to commute each day to attend his farming duties.
I started to work for the Rural Municipality of Miniota in 1962. I really enjoyed the work and remained at this job until I retired in 1990. We were blessed with five children, who along with their spouses and grandchildren are the joy of our life.
Dale, our eldest son, born in 1952 has worked for the Department of Natural Resources-Survey and Mapping since 1971. He also farms in the summer along with his brother Dennis. He married Karen Arnason and they had one son Adam, born in 1981. Adam graduated from Grade 12 in 1999 and plans to further his education at the University of Manitoba in the fall of 2000. Dale and Karen later divorced. In February 1990 Dale married Brenda Worden of Winnipeg. They continue to live in Winnipeg and have two sons, MacKenzie, 8, and Connor, 6.
In 1954 our twins, Dennis and Debra were born. Dennis moved to Winnipeg to work and secured a job with Manitoba Hydro in 1975. His present position is District Supervisor in Elie, Manitoba. In April of 1983 Dennis married Chris Rice of Starbuck, Manitoba. They have three children, Lindsay, 14, Brittney, 12, and their son Justin, 10.
Debra is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, and has worked in a variety of positions throughout the years. She is now employed in a community mental health position for the Regional Health Authority in Brandon. Debbie married Terry Wikstrom of Nelson, British Columbia in May 1979. They reside in Brandon with their two children, Nathan, 18, and Sara, 16. Nathan plans on going to the University of Manitoba this fall.
Rosalie our youngest daughter, born in 1958, was a bookkeeper at Simplot until 1982. She married Dick Thomson of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba in 1980. They have two sons. Rick and Michael and two daughters. Tasha, 18 and Andrea, 14. Tasha graduated in 2000 and plans to go to University in the fall.
Glen, our youngest son, was born in 1966. He is employed at Argus International in Winnipeg. Glen married Adeline Labelle of St. Rose du Lac, Manitoba in 1987. They live in LaSalle, Manitoba with their two sons, Jordan, 7 and Derek, 5.
We are very fortunate to have our family so close and have been able to watch our grandchildren grow up and be part of so many family gatherings.
Howard Richardson passed away accidentally on May 6, 2000.

Reid, Wayne and Judy (nee Smith)
Continued from Herb Smith's history in the Chronicles of Crandall.
The Reid Family During the summer of 1970, our family left Hamiota and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Wayne worked two full time jobs so that I could stay home with the children. Once both children were in school, I returned to teaching for the Winnipeg School Division.
In 1972 we moved our family to an area of Winnipeg called Transcona. We joined the neighbourhood community centre. Kenny played hockey. Pam took tap and jazz dancing and began figure skating. Wayne played Old Timer hockey and coached minor league hockey. During this time, Wayne developed a new interest, scuba diving. He became an avid scuba diver, and participated in underwater football.
In 1976, our family moved to Fort Nelson, British Columbia. Wayne worked at the IGA bakery and for the veneer plant. While there, Wayne also did some commercial scuba diving, first for the Texas Demolition Firm and then for the town. He was also a member of the search and rescue team and a volunteer fireman with the Fort Nelson Fire Department. I worked for the Hudson Bay Company and sang with the Fort Nelson Glee Club. Kenny played hockey and Pam continued with her figure skating. We had the opportunity for the whole family to go on a fly in fishing trip to Trout Lake in the North West Territories.
In 1977 we returned to Transcona, where we lived for the next 6 years. Wayne began working for DCA as Western Canadian Territorial Manager. I worked for Natural Bakery for 3 years. From 1980-1983, I sang with the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir. Ken played minor league football for 4 years, and was showing great promise as a running back until an injury forced him from the sport. Pam continued with her figure skating. She also took baton twirling and spent 2 years with the Winnipeg Blue Bomberettes.
DCA transferred us to Calgary, Alberta in the summer of 1983. I worked for the Mindapore Day Care Centre. Ken worked at Lake Louise and Pam worked at a riding stable. We soon had horses of our own and spent many pleasurable hours riding through the foothills.
While working for DCA, Wayne found muffins to be a growing item. Research showed that the gourmet muffin had not yet been introduced in the United States. In September of 1985, Wayne left his position with DCA and we moved to Long Beach, California, where we founded the Mega Muffin Company. On October 1, 1987, we experienced the Whittier earthquake, and at that time, decided we would rather face winters in Canada, than experience another large earthquake. We returned to Canada in March 1988.
While Wayne and I were in California, Ken moved to Gananoque, Ontario, where he married and gave us our first, and so far our only, grandchild. Melissa Ann Reid was born in 1987.
Pam settled in Edmonton, Alberta. We now reside in Calgary, Alberta. Wayne is Western Canadian Sales Manager for Pillsbury. He covers the territory from Thunder Bay, Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia as well as the states of Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
I have not worked for the last several years. I enjoy being at home. It has left me free to travel with Wayne when it is convenient.
In 1989, we moved a house trailer on to a lakeside lot at Jackson Beach on Shoal Lake, Manitoba. I manage to spend most of the summer there. Wayne joins me when he can. It is great having daily contact with Dad and Mom as well as the rest of the family, who also have cabins at the lake.
Our son Ken completed a Business Computer Course at the Herzing Business College in Winnipeg in 1992. He now resides in Calgary and works at the Cargill Foods in High River. His marriage ended in 1989.
Our daughter Pam still resides in Edmonton, Alberta. Her love of children has led her into the field of day care. Pam married in 1989 and divorced in 1992. On August 5, 2000, Pam married John Stubbs of Edmonton.
We are presently full time "parents" once again. Our granddaughter Melissa, who had been living with her mother in Winnipeg for the past few years, came to live with us in April of 1999.
Our entire family enjoys alpine skiing during the winter and golfing during the summer.

Robinson, Gilbert
By Sadie Gray (daughter)
Each time I endeavour to update the Gilbert Robinson family history I find myself pouring over the Chronicles of Crandall 1971, and reminiscing about all the wonderful families that my parents and ourselves were fortunate enough to count as friends. Although many are gone or scattered, and ways of life have changed, it is still with great nostalgia that we travel back through the area almost every summer, on a sentimental journey. We spend time at the lovely Crandall cemetery where many of our family have been laid to rest and it is always comforting to see how well the cemetery is maintained.
Aunt Ella Robinson, always the family historian, who contributed the James Robinson article in 1971, died in Brandon on March 23, 1974 and is buried in the Crandall cemetery. We miss her.
My mother, Lulu Robinson, contributed the Gilbert Robinson portion in the 1971 Chronicles, and as the footnote shows, she passed away December 13, 1969 and was laid to rest beside my father, Gilbert Robinson, and his parents, James and Martha Robinson in Crandall.
Mother and Dad had one son and three daughters.
Hazel, the eldest, died January 21, 1995 and is buried in Dauphin, Manitoba. She had two daughters, both residing in Calgary, Alberta. Linda had two children, Jeremy and Jennifer, and one grandchild. Margaret has three children, Douglas, Christopher and Jodi.
Etola resided in Abbotsford, British Columbia until her death May 27, 1981. She is buried in Abbotsford. She had two daughters, Mary Lou, who resided in Abbotsford and had two children Dayna, and Angela. Catherine Ann, who lives in Vancouver, had two children, Peter and Elizabeth.
My brother Warren and sister-in-law Ethel resided in Brandon. Warren suffered poor health for many years until his death September 4, 1997. Ethel resides in their family home in Brandon. Warren is buried in the Rosewood cemetery in Brandon. Warren and Ethel had two sons, Dale and Donald. Dale resides in Winnipeg; he has one daughter Cindy. Don had three sons, Michael, Sean and Jared and four grandchildren who all reside in the Sparwood British Columbia area. Don passed away July 4, 1997 after a battle with cancer, and is buried in Fernie, British Columbia.
Earl and I have lived in Calgary since we left Manitoba in 1956. We have two sons, Bill who lives in Ottawa, and David, who lives in Calgary. Bill had two children, Adam and Paul, and David has two children, Jaclyn and Megan.
Earl and I enjoy reasonable good health and look forward to our next visit to Manitoba.

Robinson, Lloyd (Rob) and Marlene
Rob and Marlene came to Crandall in 1985, from Winnipeg, Manitoba moving into the Dave Richardson house where Marlene's folks. Cliff and Jean Gray had lived for 20 years. When we were doing some interior decorating we found, behind a baseboard, a post card, dated 1910 and addressed to W.J. Robinson. He apparently was a teacher in Crandall.
Rob was born and educated in Waskada, Manitoba. He served 25 years with the Canadian Air Force. He has two sons from a previous marriage. Tom works as a Computer Analyst in Toronto, Ontario and Steve works with Ontario Hydro.
Prior to their retirement Marlene was a registrar for the Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses in Winnipeg for 18 years. She has 2 daughters from her previous marriage to Jack Caldwell. Patti and Merv Bodnarchuk and their three children live in Vancouver, British Columbia. Lori Anderson resides and works in Brandon, Manitoba.
Moving from the city to a small community was a challenge for us. We were unaccustomed to neighbours expecting to know what you were doing and why and certainly we were not aware that every community event was part of our responsibility. But what better a community to introduce us to this new way of living than Crandall. It was a great 8 years.
We moved to Hamiota in 1993. We were unable to find anyone interested in the house in Crandall. Not wanting to see it vandalized or become a safety threat, we had it torn down.

Robinson, William John
By Sybil Foster (daughter)
The following updates the family of my father, William John Robinson, who taught school in Crandall for some ten years. My father died on January 27, 1947 and he and my mother Clara were laid to rest in the Elmwood cemetery in Winnipeg, Manitoba. My brother James, also a teacher, lived in Toronto. He died July 13, 1983 and he and his wife Marion are buried in the Mount Pleasant cemetery in Toronto, Ontario. They did not have any children.
My sister Eloise married Alan Mabee. Eloise died February 28, 1989 and is buried in Edmonton, Alberta. Alan still resides in that city. They had three children: Don, Alan and Jim and 5 grandchildren.
Elaine married Lorne Batten and they had two children: Rae and Clare and four grandchildren. Elaine died October 18, 1985 and Lorne on October 30, 1995. Both are buried in the Greenwood cemetery, in Manitoba.
Myself, Sybil, married Richard Foster and we were blessed with 6 children: Kevin, Patricia, Michael, Susan, Stephan and David. Richard died September 9, 1987. I have 19 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
My brother James and sister Eloise were born in Crandall. My twin sister Elaine and myself were born in Elgin, Manitoba where my father taught school after his years in Crandall.