first week of March, 1945, Herman and I and our year and a half
old son, Rodney moved to our farm 5 miles west of Hobbema
in the Poplar Forest district from Rolly View, east of Leduc. This
was the farm originally owned by Fenn Robinson.
The next year, while I was in Lacombe hospital after our second
son, David was born, hail completely destroyed our crop. What a
In October 1948, we spent two months in B.C. and upon our return,
we bought the Poplar Forest store from Mr. Art Holt. Here our other
2 children were born, Valerie and Terry.
When Rodney was six and ready to go to school, the Poplar Forest
School was closed. All children were bussed to town under the new
County School system.
In 1954, Herman began driving a school bus and later began working
for Stickel Plumbing, where he has been to this day.
So in 1965, we moved to Ponoka. We still own the farm but rent it
to Cliff Fenske. We built a nice home in Riverside and I have been
teaching in the Riverside School.
Three of our children are married and away. So only Terry is with