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The following information is from page 49 to 53 of Crandall History Book, 2000.

Family Histories:
Amy; Anderson; Andrew; Angus; Ariss

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Amy, Neil Alexander
Neil & Heather Amy I was born in 1942 at Hamiota, Manitoba. In April 1961,1 moved to play senior ball for the Dauphin Redbirds and work for Andy's Meat Market and Groceries. In 1963, I changed jobs and started to work at Allard Motors Ltd. (Ford) parts department in Dauphin. On March 23, 1974, I moved to Courtenay, British Columbia to work as a parts manager for Comox Valley Ford. On February 15, 1995, I changed jobs and started to work for Hartmans Auto Supply Ltd. Of Courtenay, and this is where I presently work.
Heather Isabel Winters (born in 1945 in Dauphin) and I were married on July 29, 1966 in Dauphin. We have two sons and two grand- daughters.
Our son, Lawrence Nelson, was born in Dauphin in 1967. He married Brenda Louise Willich (born in 1970 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia) in Courtenay on May 11, 1996. They have two daughters, both born in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Shenise Alexandra was born in 1994 and Presley Cathleen was born in 1999.
Our son, Tyler Neil, was born in Dauphin on in 1971. He married Janet Lynne Carpenter on September 21, 1996 in Courtenay. They now live and are both employed in Vancouver.

Amy, LeRoy Wellington
Bud & Denise Amy My Grandma Duchart christened me "Bud". I was born in 1935. I worked for 38 years for the Royal Bank; starting at the Hamiota, Manitoba branch on December 1, 1953 and retiring at the Minnedosa, Manitoba branch on January 31,1992. We presently reside in Minnedosa. Edwena Denise Morison, daughter of Ed and May Morison, and I were married at Crandall United Church on August 10, 1957. We have three children and eight grand children.
Our daughter, Kimberly Patricia, was born in Brandon, Manitoba in 1958. She married Douglas James Watt (born in 1958 at Minnedosa) in Minnedosa on July 20, 1985. They have three sons, all born in Edmonton, Alberta. Robin Lee, born in 1985. Nicolas James, born in 1989 and Brady Nelson born in 1992. Kim has worked mainly as a stay-at-home mom and Doug drives his truck for Emery.
Our son, Lee Edward, was born in Boissevain, Manitoba in 1962. He married Shelley Jein Weir (born in 1963 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) in Winnipeg on July 31, 1982. They have one daughter and two sons, all born in Winnipeg. Katelin Elizabeth was born in 1986, John Edward was born in 1989, and Michael William LeRoy was born in 1991. Lee is employed by Quest as a light metal welder and Shelley is employed by the Charleswood library.
Our daughter, Heather May, was born in Deloraine, Manitoba in 1969. She married Frederick Clayton Sharpe (born in 1962 in Neepawa, Manitoba) in Minnedosa on August 31, 1991. They have one son and one daughter. Graham Frederick Sharpe was born in 1995 in Brandon, Manitoba and Jacqueline Amy May was born in 1998 in Minnedosa. Heather is a hairdresser and a Mary Kay consultant and Fred farms with his mother, Marion Sharpe and brother, Martin Sharpe on a mixed farm of hogs, cattle and grain.

Amy, Roy and Dorothy
Amy Family, 1995 Roy and Dorothy continued to farm until 1973 when Constable Ted Andrew of Regina, Saskatchewan purchased their farmland. They remained in their home on the farm for ten more years while Ted and his son, Ron, worked the land commuting from Regina.
During retirement years, Roy and Dorothy's interests turned towards curling, golfing and of course their grandchildren. On July 28, 1982 their family honoured them with a 50th wedding anniversary party to celebrate their years of happy marriage together.
After several years of failing health, Roy suddenly passed away on February 16, 1984 and was laid to rest in the Crandall Cemetery.
In October 1984, Dorothy moved to Birtle, Manitoba and has continued to live in her mobile home. She became involved in the Birtle Art Club, Senior Activities, quilting, curling, golfing and faithfully attends the Birtle United Church.
Dorothy's family hosted an Open House Tea for family and friends on August 18, 1993 to celebrate her 80th birthday.
In 1995, an Amy Family Reunion was held at Minnedosa Beach. Forty-five descendants of Roy and Dorothy strengthened their family bonds. All their immediate family, Betty, Bud, Marlene, Neil, Pat and spouses were present.
Again this past summer, July 1999, the family were all home with Dorothy to celebrate her 86th birthday. At this time, these 42 descendants also witnessed the marriage of Steven and Becki Bray. Dorothy now boasts having 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Over the past sixteen years, Dorothy has been blessed with good health, a loving and caring family, and good friends who have all helped to make her life more rewarding.

Anderson, Ian and Barb (nee Smith)
Ian, son of Jack and Grace Anderson married Barbara, daughter of Newton and Betty Smith on September 24, 1977. We have resided on the Anderson home farm in the Scotia District since 1980.
We run a mixed farm of cattle and grain. Ian works off the farm in the real estate business. Barb is employed as a registered nurse.
We have four children. Jennifer Dawn, born in 1980. She is attending Brandon University. The younger three attend school in Hamiota; Sarah Nicole, born in 1983, Whitney Jill, born in 1985 and Erin Elizabeth born in 1989.
We enjoy a busy lifestyle filled with farm, careers, community and children's activities.

Andrew, Thomas (Ted) Edward and Family
I retired from the R.C.M.P. in 1978 after completion of twenty- eight years of service. I was then employed as an Investigator with the Saskatchewan Police Commission until 1988 and again retired to spend more time on my other interests and hobbies. Lois and I remained in Regina, Saskatchewan, and although we travel some, intend to stay put.
Ronald, our oldest son, calls Crandall and Hamiota home having moved to that area following completion of school in Regina. He started farming on land that we purchased from Roy Amy. In the winter Ronald works at ski resorts in British Columbia and Alberta. Ronald met Sandra Cameron of Winnipeg, Manitoba while working at Panorama, British Columbia. They were married in a ceremony at Marmot Basin ski resort in Jasper, Alberta on February 14, 1995. Ronald and Sandra make their home on the former Amy farm and both continue to work at ski resorts in the winter, most recently in Manitoba.
Donald, our second son, stayed in Regina following completion of school and is employed by Wascana Centre. At the time of this writing he is still single.
Mother, Louise Andrew passed away at age 85 in 1986. She had lived in Hamiota for many years. My sister Marguerite and her husband Douglas Crandle, have both retired from teaching and live in Brandon, Manitoba.

Andrew History: Harry and Marlene Andrew
Fred and Louise Andrew; Thomas and Maggie Andrew; Ross Andrew
Since the publishing of the Crandall History book in 1971, several events have occurred in our family. The families of Thomas and Maggie have all passed away. Lillian, Mrs. Joe Sigarson, died in 1978. Norma, Mrs. Ed Ariss, died in 1992. Her husband Ed passed away in 1997.
Fred Andrew died in 1961 and his wife Louise passed away in 1986.
Harry and Marlene Andrew live on the original homestead 4-14-24. This became a Centennial farm in 1988. In 1966, Harry purchased the W 1/2 36-13-25 along with the Crandall Sports Grounds some years later. He continues to be a pedigreed seed producer. In 1995, Harry graduated from the Brandon University with a degree in General Studies. Gun collecting and photography continue to be his hobbies.
Marlene, a Registered Nurse, continues to work at the Hamiota District Health Centre. With the regionalization of health care, Marlene assumed the position of Community Health Director for Hamiota District Health Centre in Marguette Regional Health Authority. Harry and Marlene have two children- Carmen and Ross.
Carmen graduated from Hamiota Collegiate Institute in 1986 and attended the University of Manitoba in 1986-1991. She graduated with a Degree in Human Ecology and a Degree in Education. In 1991 she obtained employment as a Home Economist in Valleyview, Alberta. In 1994, she moved to Stettler, Alberta, where the Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Department presently employ her as a Rural Development Specialist in Leadership. In July 1995, Carmen married Raymond Pilkington, a teacher, presently teaching in Red Deer Alberta. Carmen and Ray live in Delbume, Alberta and have one daughter, Emma Taylor who was born in 1998.
James Ross Andrew attended the University of Manitoba and obtained a diploma in Agriculture. He farms with Harry in the grain business. He has rented land adjacent to the original homestead- the 4th generation of Andrews to farm. He also has a sizable flock of sheep. He is active in K.A.P. and Canadian Young Farmers Forum.
In the past fifty years life styles have changed tremendously and I believe will continue to change as we live in to the new millennium.

Angus, Jim and Connie (Nee Rudd)
Jim and Connie continued to farm on the land homesteaded by Jim's grandfather until retiring to Hamiota in 1981. Jim farmed from the time he was 18 years of age, so his farming career spanned over 60 years. After moving to town, he spent many hours helping out on the farms of his sons.
On several occasions, Jim and Connie enjoyed vacationing in Victoria, British Columbia, accompanied by Connie's brother and his wife, Bill and Eva Rudd. They have also spent holidays with their son, Wayne and family, visiting attractions such as Yellowstone National Park, West Edmonton Mall (the weekend of the tornado in 1987!) and Minneapolis, Minnesota to name a few. They also enjoyed a vacation to Hawaii.
Jim and Connie celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on December 6, 1995.
Jim passed away on July 13, 1996 at the age of 92 years. Connie still resides in their home in Hamiota.

Angus, Wayne, Doreen and Chris
In 1970, Wayne and Doreen purchased the Herald Rivers farm, SW 8-13-24, which they still own and operate. Lake-in-the-Hills Farm, a 2-section cattle ranch and grain farm, is located in the scenic southwest corner of the Hamiota municipality. The ranching operation of their farm consists of a cow-calf operation which in 1996, branched out into the building up of a herd of purebred Charolais. Their son, Chris, joined them in their farming operation in 1988, when he purchased section 2-13-23 which is east of Oakner.
Wayne has just finished his 41st year of driving children to school. He recalls, as a child, being driven to school in a horse drawn winter van. In his own career, he has seen the transition from a school van (using his own car transporting up to 10 children) to the yellow buses of the present day with up to 48 seats.
In 1981 Wayne accepted the nomination to be councilor in the Rural Municipality of Hamiota, Ward 2, and is in his 19th year doing this community service.
Doreen has been employed for 24 years as a Licensed Practical nurse in the Hamiota Health Centre. She takes an active part in the farming operation, and also enjoys reading, handicrafts, and amateur photography. She taught Sunday school in the Crandall United Church for nine years.
Wayne and Doreen enjoy camping and spend as much time as possible pursuing this form of recreation.
Their son Christopher Wayne was born on in 1970. During his school years, he enjoyed hockey in the winter and swimming and camping in the summer. He took piano, drums and guitar lessons and spent several years in the Boy Scout organization. He graduated from the Hamiota Collegiate in 1988, and has since taken a commercial art course. From an early age, Chris enjoyed cartooning. He is currently using this talent in the animated film industry and plans to combine this career with the farming operation.
In 1983, the Angus family had the distinction of achieving the Centennial Farm Award, thus joining the numerous other farms in the area that have attained this honour.

Ariss, George and Anne
By Edith Stephanson (Ariss)
Anne & George In 1973, George and Anne sold the farm at Crandall to Mr. Bill Higgins of Decker, Manitoba. George, Anne and Carrol moved to Virden, Manitoba. For a short time Anne worked at the Westman Nursing Home. George continued to help local farmers with field work for several years. During their eleven years at Virden,Anne and George worked diligently to promote rights and quality of life for Carrol and for other mentally challenged individuals. In so doing they developed many lasting friendships with other families facing the same challenges as Carrol. From Virden, George and Anne were able to enjoy their first travels to other areas of Western Canada and North Dakota by train airplane and bus. This was something they had not been able to do while on the farm and was most enjoyable for them. George also became a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and enjoyed the fellowship very much. Woodcarving became a hobby and he spent many hours making small wood items for his grandchildren.
Anne & George, 50th In 1984 George, Anne and Carrol moved to an apartment in Brandon, Manitoba. George began to volunteer at Central Park Lodge. With the opening of the Lions Manor in 1989 George, Anne and Carrol became one of the first families to move in to the beautiful new complex at 1st and Victoria in Brandon. Here they developed new friendships and became reacquainted with some folks they had known years previous. On October 7, 1991 Anne and George celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a large gathering of family and friends at the Manor.
During his retirement years George chronicled his life in a hand-typed manuscript. His last entry is dated January 29, 1995 in which he stated "Have 5007 miles on the exercise bike. Health is fairly good." At this time he was 87 years old. With all those miles he was bound to stay in good health!
Following this entry George's health began to gradually decline and in May of 1996 he moved to Dinsdale Personal Care Home. He passed away peacefully there on October 14, 1996. He is interred in the family plot in the Crandall cemetery. His story will remain a legacy to his family for many years to come as his writings capture the good, the bad, and the progression of changes in the 20th Century in rural Manitoba.
4 Generations Now in her 80th year Anne continues to enjoy excellent health. She continues to live at the Lions Manor. Quilting is one of many interests. She has helped in the making of many beautiful quilts for family and friends. Anne also has chronicled her life and events on a daily basis in her diary that she has maintained since 1947. She is the best source of dates and detail about births, marriages, deaths, weather etc. that you could ever find. The "diary" is often referred to when questions arise about when something occurred. Anne's door is always open to her family and her many friends.
Carrol now resides in a group home in Brandon where the staff assists her on a daily basis and her health remains quite good. She recently has moved to an apartment in a newly built complex. She is very excited about this. Anne continues to be a great support to Carrol and visits her often.
Anne is looking forward to the birth of her 2nd great grandchild in 2000 and to attending the Crandall Reunion to reminisce with old friends and neighbours.