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Transcription: List or Manifest of Alien Passengers Applying for Admission

Manifest of Alien Passengers

List or Manifest of Alien Passengers Applying for Admission

The following is my transcription of the  ” List or Manifest of Alien Passengers Applying for Admission ” at the port of Eastport, Idaho, as required by the US Department of Labor, Immigration Service.

There was a wide variety of passengers of the surnames Gordon, Gumeson, Schroder, Wiese, Ireland, Renouf, Kulpas, Sprague, Hall, McLean, Smith, Peterson, Sheldon, Sims, Bremer, Hobbs, Skotkoske, McMicking, Orthner, and Laycock.

Ages ranged from 2 to 63. All immigrants were beyond primary school years are noted as able to read and write. All were Canadian citizens, but originality or race included Irish, Scandinavian, German, English, French, Finnish, and Scotch. US destinations included Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR                      T        
  INDEXED                   Required by the regulations of Secretary of Labor of the United States
  A to K ?                              
Sheet No. 21 L to Z ?         567             PORT OF EASTPORT, IDAHO.      
1 2 3 4 5 6 7   8 9 10   11 12   13
No. or List. NAME IN FULL Age Sex Married or Single Calling or Occupation Able to – Nationality. (Country of which citizen or subject.) Race or People. Last Permanent Residence The name and complete address of nearest relative or friend in country whence alien came. Final Destination  
Family Name Given Name Yrs. Mos. Read. Write. Country. City or Town. State. City or Town.
1 Gordon James 19 M S Farm Lab. Yes Yes Canada Irish Canada Jenner Brother, Alex Gordon, Jenner Alta Ore Portland None
2 Gumeson Herman 37 M S Farmer Scand Cabri Bro. August Gumeson, Cabri, Sask USA
3 Schroder Julius 52 M M Hotel Keeper German Wetaskiwin InniSfail, Alta. Germany
4 Schroder Mary 47 F M None
5 Wiese Mary 63 F M Husb. Fred Wiese, Prussia, Sask. Wash. Ritzville Russia
6 Ireland George 55 M S Farmer English Carlisle Bro. E. Ireland, Carlisle, Ont. Selah None
7 Renouf Reginald Francis 29 M S Hall French Edmonton Aunt. Mrs. A. Baker, Edmonton, Alta. Walla Walla England
8 Kulpas Gus 30 M S Farmer Finnish Barons Cousin, Antone Kulpas, Barons, Alta. Spokane Russia
9 Sprague Winfield J. 40 M S Farmer English Glenbogie, Sask. None Leahy USA
10 Sprague Stella 38 F M None Scotch
11 Hall Sirge Craig 27 M S Farmer Irish Imperial Mother, Ida May Hall,Imperial, Sask. Spokane
12 McLean Richard Norton 24 M S ??? ?? Scotch Medicine Hat Bro. Melville McLean, Foremost, Alta. Calif. San Jose None
13 Smith Albert 31 M S Farm Lab English Calgary Bro. Alfred Smith, Manchester, England Calif. San Francisco England
14 Peterson Christian 61 M M Farmer Scand Curlew Daughter, Mrs. A. Haigel, Curlew, Alta. Calif. Fresno Denmark
15 Peterson Hannah 42 F M None “ “
16 Peterson Hazel 14 F S “ “ None
17 Peterson Pauline 10 F S “ “
18 Peterson Warren 8 M S No No “ “
19 Sheldon Allan Eggleston 23 M S Farmer Yes Yes English Kimiemuir (sp?), Alta Father, Oliver C. Sheldon, Kimiemuir, Alta Ida Win???? USA
20 Sims Elmer 33 M M Clergyman Scotch Stoney Plain Bro. Bert Sims, Stoney Plain, Alta. Reubens
21 Sims Mae 26 F M None English “ “
22 Sims Viola 7 F S Scotch “ “ None
23 Sims Sylvia 5 F S No No “ “
24 Sims Inez 2 F S “ “
25 Bremer William Henry 29 M S Farmer Yes Yes German Carmangay, Alta None Kendrick, USA USA
26 Hobbs Clarence 28 M S Irish Heart Lake, Alta “ “ Twin Falls
27 Scotkoske Edward 28 M M German Leduc Wife,Martha Schotkoske, Leduc, Alta Ore Williamette Russia
28 McMicking Fred 44 M Wd Scotch Eber, Alta Bro. Wm.McMicking, Stanford, Ont. Portland None
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29 Orthner Edward 31 M S German Raymore Brother, Carl Orthner, Raymore, Sask. Austr?
30 Laycock James P. 50 M M English Russell, Man Wetwyn, Sask. None
26 NOT USED                                
30 “Race o Pelple” is to be determined by the stock from wich aliens sprang and the language they speak. List of races will be found on back of this sheet.          
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Transcription: Biography of Arie Van Gendren and his family.

Transcription of the biography of Arie Van Gendren, his wife and family as taken from “Cabri, Through the Years.”

Van Gendren familyMy father, Arie Robert VanGendren, was born in the U.S. in 1866. My mother, Emma Christine Jensen, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in l876 and moved to North Dakota when she was 12 years old, along with the rest of her family.  About 1896 she married Hans Hansen and they had three children: Victor born 1900, Bertha born 1901, and Hannah born 1903 and four days after, her father passed away from a heart condition.  In those days there was no help for a lady trying and did any work she could get to support herself and her three children.

Father and Mother were married in Minnesota, U.S.A. in 1910. l was brought into this world by a mid-wife on August 17, 1911 and my brother  Robert put in his appearance on October 12, 1912  to finish off the family.

When l was four years old we started out for Canada in a covered wagon, but only got as far as lowa. It must have been quite crowded with the seven of us in that wagon. When we got to Iowa, Mother’s parents (Nels and Christine Jensen) came to live with us. Grampa spoke very little english, so in April 1917 when they wanted to come up to Cabri to live with their other daughter, Marie Peterson, my sister came with them. The War was on and they thought that they might have trouble crossing the border, as Gramma never spoke too good english either. When they did get to the border, Grampa started to say something and Gramma gave him a poke in the ribs to keep quiet. The Customs Officer asked if they were German, they said they weren’t, but they were still taken off the train and were made to stay in North Portal for 24 hours.

ln October 1917, Mother, Bertha, Robert and l arrived in Cabri by train, and about a week later Dad arrived with a box car full of settlers effects, which included two horses, some chickens, and a cat which we had for many years, along with the furniture for our house.

Victor joined the U.S. Navy in 1916 when he was only 16 years old. He couldn’t get his discharge for quite sometime after the War ended, as they were needed to bring the troops and supplies back to the States, so he didn’t arrive in Cabri until about 1920. He worked around Cabri for a few years then moved to Fort St. John, B.C. when he took a homestead, and married  Mary Pomeroy. They had five children, maybe four and Mary is now living in Mission, B.C. Their family is all living in B.C. Bertha married August Gummeson in 1921 and they lived on August’s homestead which was only a quarter of a mile south of Cabri when they were first married, then they moved into town.

They had two children while living in Cabri. Their oldest daughter passed away during an appendix operation at the age of 3 1/2 years. They moved out to Chilliwack, B.C. in the fall of 1936 where another girl and boy came along to join their family. August passed away several years ago, and Bertha passed away June 1983. Their family all live out around Chilliwack.

Hannah still lives at Cabri with husband Edwin Johnson. Robert and I attended the Kings County School for a short time. There was not any school in the district when we moved there. Mother was the one who was instrumental in getting that school started. Some of the first students to attend that school were: Ruby and Ruth Spink, Phyllis and Roy Maycock (who passed away within six weeks of each other with typhoid fever, that was such a sad thing for us all), Wilfred, Clayton and Willie Oliver, and the Humphrey children who came to school in a two wheeled cart drawn by one horse. Robert and I had about three miles to go to school  and most of the time we walked. In those days practically all children went bare foot in the summer. I remember one afternoon while attending school there, it was time for us to be dismissed for the day. The teacher happened to look out the window and saw a storm coming, so she kept us all in. I guess it was a good thing that she did, because it was a small cyclone. It didn’t seem to hit the school, but it turned the school barn one quarter of the way around. Of course, all the horses tied in the barn broke loose, and they were so frightened that they were really hard to catch. Wherever that cyclone touched down it left a big pile of weeds and dirt, so there were little knolls in the fields where there never was any before. From Kings County we moved in near Cabri and attended Cabri School. Three of the teachers I had that I remember were Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Sullivan, and Mr. Backus. I took piano lessons from Mrs. Backus for a year or two.

During the Easter Holidays in 1926 we moved to the Gavrelle District and lived on the farm known as the Joe Pierce quarter. In June of the same year Robert, Lenora Thomas and myself went into Cabri to write our departmental exams, and we were all successful in passing. Robert and l went to school one more year, as our parents were getting on in years and needed us at home to help out. Mother was very badly crippled with arthritis. Robert and I did the janitor work at the school for a number of years.

I recall one event that might be of interest to some younger people. A dance was held at the school on Good Friday 1927. We had spring like weather for sometime, but that night it started to snow, very softly and no wind, but by the time people were ready to go home there must have been at least two feet or more of real wet heavy snow. Cars were unable to move so most of the people there had to stay the night and most of the following day at the school. Some were there until Sunday p.m. Mr. Bruce Greer stopped at our place and asked if we could spare some food for the folks at the school. That was the first we knew that people were stranded at the school, as we had no phones at that time.

I do not remember the year we left the Gavrelle District, but we moved into the Miry Creek School District, and lived there until 1943. Mother passed away in 1941 and Dad in 1943, they are both buried in Cabri Cemetery. Robert and I had a sale and left the farm. Robert went to Dawson Creek, B.C. I went to my sister’s in Chilliwack, B.C. where I worked in a cannery, also at the Boeing Aircraft Plant, and then I joined the Army in 1944.

After my discharge from the Army I returned to Chilliwack for a short time. I met and married John Johnston and moved to Wainwright, Alta. where I still live. We had three boys, Dwight, Johnie and Arie. My husband, John, passed away in 1971.

I am now married to Earl Bronson and living in Wainwright. We are retired and are enjoying our retirement.

By Irene (VanGendren) Bronson

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A Swedish History: Gummeson and Nelson

My children’s great grandfather through their grandmother (their father’s mother) was August Gummeson. Born July 30, 1887 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA, August was one of nine children of David Gummeson from Sandsjo, Socken Kranebergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden and his wife Kristine Christina “Christina” Nelson from Urshult, Socken Kransbergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden.

David GummesonDavid Gummeson, born February 8, 1843, was the son of Gudmund Gumme Svensson of Vackelsang, Sweden and his wife Anna Olafsdotter, of Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden. Gudmund, in turn, was the son of Sven Hankansson and Elin Petersdotter, both from Sweden as far as we can tell.

He married Kristine “Christina” Nelson, born February 17, 1857, who was the daughter and second oldest of eight children of Peter Gustaf Nilsson of Linneryd, Sweden and Johanna “Hanna Johansdotter” of Urshalt, Sweden. Peter Gustaf Nilsson was the son and eldest of the ten children of Soldat Nils Piquet of Linneryd, Sweden and his wife Marta “Martha” Andersdotter of Hevmantorp, Sweden.

Christine Gummeson

Christine Gummeson

Although we have no documentary evidence to support this, we believe Soldat Nils Piquet was the son of Sven Peterson and Christina Nilsdotter, both of Sweden.

Following the centuries old naming convention of Sweden, the sons of the first two generations above took on the first names of their fathers, followed by the suffix ‘son’ added at the end. Gudmund Gumme Svensson (‘Svens’son), was the son of Sven Hankansson, and therefore, it can be assumed that the father of Sven Hankansson’s first name was Hankan, although we have no documentary evidence of such as yet. David Gummeson (‘Gumme’son), likewise took on his father Gumme’s first name with ‘son’ added at the end.

We have no photos or documents regarding Gudmund Gumme Svensson and Anna Olafsdotter. The Gummeson paper trail starts with David Gummeson and Christina Nelson.


Sven Peterson’s birth date is unknown. Christine Nilsdotter was born in 1768 in Rolsme, Linneryd, Sweden and they were married sometime before 1794. Sven and Christine’s son was Soldat Nils Piquet, who was born April 8, 1794 in Linneryd, Sweden and died December 6, 1869, at the age of 75, in Gronadel, Sweden. So far, I have been unable to locate documentation proving he was the son of Sven Peterson and Christine Nilsdotter, or whether Soldat Nils Piquet had any siblings.

Farm House of Nils Svensson Peket (Picquet) in Sweden

Farm House of Nils Svensson Peket (Picquet) in Sweden

Soldat Nils Piquet married Marta “Martha” Andersdotter in 1822. Martha was born on June 9, 1800 in Hevmantorp, Sweden and died June 8, 1889 at the age of 88. Soldat and Martha had ten children, all of whom were born in Sweden, and with whom they immigrated to the USA on October 22, 1870. They were:

  1. Peter Gustaf Nilsson Piquet, born October 30, 1823 in Linneryd, Sweden and died in about 1890 at the age of 67, in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. He may also have been known as Nels Peter Nelson, who   immigrated to the USA July 2, 1871.
  2. Eva Piquet was born on September 23, 1825.
  3. Johan Nilsson Piquet was born on August 16, 1827 in Linneryd, Sweden.
  4. Johanna Piquet was born on September 3, 1829 in Linneryd, Sweden and she died in 1860 at the age of 31.
  5. Daniel Piquet was born on Octboer 17, 1831 in Linneryd, Sweden.
  6. Anders Piquet Nilsson was born on October 24, 1833 in Linderyd and he died on May 13, 1921 at the age of 87 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA.
  7. Karl Piquet was born on November 2, 1835.
  8. Samuel Piquet was born on May 24, 1838.
  9. Carolina Piquet was born on December 2, 1840.
  10. Ingrid Kristina Piquet was born on December 25,1842.

Peter Gustaf Nilsson Piquet married Johanna Hanna Johansdotter, who was born on February 10, 1828 in Urshalt, Sweden. She died in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Peter and Hanna had eight children:

  1. Caroline Nelson was born on October 7, 1854 in Sweden.
  2. Kristine Christina Nelson (also known as Christina) was born February 17, 1857 in Urshult, Socken Kransbergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden and died June 29, 1931 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA.
  3. Eva Catharina Nelson was born on September 29, 1859 in Urshult, Socken Kransbergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden. She was also known as Eva Catharina Petersdotter Nelson and she died in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA.
  4. Nils Johan Nelson was born on September 29, 1861.
  5. Sven August Nelson was born on October 3, 1863.
  6. Emilie Nelson was born on June 30, 1866.
  7. Gustaf Adolf Nelson was born on February 12, 1871.
  8. Emma Sophia Nelsonwas born on November 9, 1876 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. She died of Typhoid fever on June 6, 1907 at the age of 30 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Emma had married Peter Lundquist and lived nearby. One of their children was named Pearl. Pearl was the youngest child of four, and when her mother died in 1906, at the age of 31, Peter Lundquist moved with his three oldest children to care for nieces and nephews who had also been orphaned, leaving Pearl (7 months old) in the care of Christina, who soon married her second husband Charles Hasselquist. The following obituary for Pearl was published in the County Ledger Press on January 14, 1999:

Pearl Lundquist, age 92, passed away Jan 2 at the Golden Age Manor in Amery. She was born Nov 2, 1906 in Amery to Peter amd Emma (Nelson) Lundquist. In June 1907, Pearl’s mother Emma passed away from Typhoid Fever. Pearl was only 7 years old. Pearl’s father and three older sisters left for Portland Oregon in August to take care of his neices and nephews who had (also) been orphaned with the oldest child being 12. Pearl was left with her aunt, Mrs. Christina Gummeson, who lived on what is now the Marlin Bottolfson farm. She was a widow with 9 children of her own. She (Pearl) attended the Shilo School for the first grade. When she was 8, she moved to the farm north of Shilo where Christina married Charles Hasselquist. She then attended the Goose Lake School and later attended High School in Amery, where she stayed with another aunt. Rev. Ardren at First Lutheran in Amery, confirmed her in the Swedish language. When she live near Balsam Lutheran as a child, she walked 3 1/2 miles to Sunday School and Luther League. She was active at Balsam Lutheran teaching Sunday School as well as being the substitute organist for services. During WWII, Pearl worked in New Richmond packing K Rations. For 43 years she worked at Paradise Lodge in Balsam Lake. She was preceded in death by three sisters. Interment was in the Balsam Lutheran Cemetery with Williamson funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Her funeral was on Wednesday, Jan 6 at 1 p.m. at Balsam Lutheran Church, rural Amery, with the Rev. Ed Rasmussen officiating.


Sven Hankansson was born on April 15, 1767 and he married Elin Petersdotter, who was born September 27, 1778. Sven and Elin had seven children.

  1. Gudmund Gumme Svensson was born July 10, 1796 in Vackelsang, Sweden and died 1861 in Sodra Sandsjo, Veramala Narragard, Sweden.
  2. Catherina Svensdottter was born on November 5, 1793.
  3. Magnus Svensson was born on January 22, 1795. He died just under six months of age on July 2, 1795.
  4. Magnus Svensson was born on February 17, 1798. He died on April 27, 1804 at the age of 6.
  5. Annica Svensson was born on August 11, 1799 and died on August 17, 1903 at the age of 104.
  6. Johannes Svensson was born on September 14, 1801.
  7. Ingrid Svensdotter was born on August 7, 1803. She died at just five days old on August 12, 1803.
Gummeson House in Sweden

The Gummeson Family Home near Shilo, North Dakota (c. 1967).

Gudmund Gumme Svensson was born on July 10, 1796 in Vackelsang, Sweden. He died in 1861 at the age of 65 in Sodra Sandsjo, Veramala Narragard, Sweden. Gudmund married Anna Olafsdotter on February 23, 1825 in Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden. Anna was born on December 21, 1801 in Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden and she died November 9, 1845 at 43 years of age in Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden. Gudmund and Anna had six children.

  1. Johannes Gummeson was born on April 7, 1826 and died in infancy not too long after in 1826 in Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden.
  2. Elin Kaisa Gummesdoter was born on June 7, 1827 and later died in Sweden.
  3. Ingrid Catharine Gummeson was born on September 16, 1829 in Sondra Sandsja, Sweden. She died in 1907 at the age of 78 in USA. She was also known as “Ingrid and/or Katherina” Gummesdotter.
  4. Marie Gummesdotter was born January 28, 1841 and died soon after in her infancy.
  5. David Gummeson, born February 8,1843 in Sandsjo, Socken Kranebergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden, died September 20, 1899 at the age of 56 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA, was buried in Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, USA.
  6. Infant Gummeson was born on November 9, 1845 and died at 62 in 1907.
Ingrid Gummesdotter

Ingrid Gummesdotter


The Gummeson family.

David and Christine Gummeson and Family (c. 1893) – back l-r: Gustav Herman Gummeson, Johanna Matilda (Tillie) Gummeson, Ernest Wilhelm Gummeson – middle l-r: David Gummeson (Axel Frederik Gummeson on David’s lap), Frank Elmer Gummeson, Kristine Christina Gummeson (Esther Christine Gummeson on her lap) – front l-r: August Leonard Gummeson, Hilda Caroline Gummeson.

David Gummeson (also spelled Gummesson) was registered as a farm boy living with his sister Elin Gummesdotter and her husband Hakan Svensson at Kroksjoboda Norrgard in Tingsas, Sweden. David’s sister Ingrid Gummesdotter was married to Charles (Carl) Lindstrom. When David was 2 years old, his mother Anna Olafsdotter died on November 9, 1845. His father Gudmund Gumme Svensson died in 1861. On Sep 20 1899, David Gummeson died in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA, age 56. He was buried in Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Balsam lake. Christina Nelson lived at Savsjodal near Savsjomala at Hunshult in Urshult. She immigrated to the USA at age 17, subsequently marrying David on December 9, 1876 at age 19, when he was 33. David is shown with his family in the 1880 Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin census as a Farmer. Records show Christina’s postal address of General Delivery, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, USA on December 10, 1917. Christina died June 29, 1931 at 74 on the farm near Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin.  David and Christina had nine children:

  1. Johanna Matilda “Tillie” Gummeson, born November 13, 1877 and died on July 6 or 9, 1948 at age 70.
  2. Johanna Matilda Gummeson

    Johanna Matilda Gummeson

  3. Ernest Wilhelm Gummeson, born March 27, 1881 and died December 13, 1941 at 60. Ernest worked in the woods in Minnesota for a few winters and also worked on railroad construction for one summer.In the early 1900’s, he homesteaded in North Dakota, about 20 miles southwest of Estevan, Saskatchewan. Ernest was in Cabri in 1912 working for a railroad contractor, hauling water from Miry Creek to the camp east of Shackleton.
    Ernest Gummeson

    Ernest Gummeson

    He was no doubt encouraged to come to Cabri by his brothers who had established themselves there earlier. Ernest was one of the few settlers to ship in carloads of settlers’ effects including horses, cows, machinery, furniture, etc. Those who had arrived before the railroad was built had to haul their belongings from Swift Current or from Gull Lake. In 1913 they homesteaded on the W 1/2 7-19-18. In 1917, he purchased the Southeast of 13-19-19 from Wesley (Mac) McLean. Most of the homestead was broken with horses and a one furrow sulky plow, but the SE of 13 was broken with a large Twin City tractor and a large breaking plow which was owned by brothers Elmer and Herman Gummeson.His first crop in 1914 was a complete failure due to drought. In 1915 there was an extremely good crop, but in 1916, he was completely hailed out.

    Gustav Herman Gummeson

    Gustav Herman Gummeson

    In 1926, the farm was enlarged with the purchase of the Hudson Bay SW 1/4 8-19-18, and in this year Ernest, together with his brothers Axel and August, purchased a Model P Case Combine. In 1927 Ernest sold his share and bought an IHC No. 8 Combine. Ernest and Esther had three children, Walter, Berenice and Mildred. Ernest served on the Cabri School Board and on the  Cabri United Church Board. He died in 1941, at which time Walter took over the farm.

  4. Frank Elmer Gummesonwas born on March 22, 1883 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. He died on January 11, 1941 at the age of 57 in Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada. It is believed that Elmer also attended school at Shilo. This was confirmed by Cecil. Elmer’s first residence in Cabri was a small wooden structure. He was a member of the Cabri and District Lions Club Board of Directors as Lion Tamer, starting January 29, 1959.

    Frank Elmer Gummeson

    Frank Elmer Gummeson

  5. August Leonard Gummesonwas born July 30, 1887. He immigrated to Cabri, Saskatchewan from North Dakota with several of his brothers and sisters and their families to farm on homestead properties. August, together with his brothers Axel and Ernest, purchased a Model P Case Combine. This combine had no grain tank, the grain being elevated into a wagon box which was pulled alongside. The tractors at that time did not have enough traction to pull the combine up some of the hills on his farm, so he pulled it with 12 horses. In 1927 Ernest sold his share to buy an IHC No. 8 Combine. August married Bertha Hanson and they lived on August’s homestead, which was only a quarter of a mile south of Cabri. Later they moved into town. On November 23, 1930, August and his wife Bertha celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary and their son Merrill’s first birthday.
    August Gummeson

    August Gummeson

    Nels Peterson (a relative) called him the Ninth Wonder of the World, as he had arrived on their 9th Anniversary. Following an illness that some believed to be Typhus, which he contracted from a contaminated well in Saskatchewan, they relocated to    LaGrande, Oregon, USA from Cabri, Saskatchewan after 1922, along with their foster son Cecil, only to return after about a year. They again relocated to  Chilliwack in August of 1936. One can only assume this was again as a result of his health issues. August was a member of the Hospital Complex Construction Committee for Chilliwack Hospital from April 1950 to after 1956. August died on July 2, 1956 at the age of 68 in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.

  6. Hilda Caroline Gummeson was born on June 7, 1889 in Polk County, Wisconsin. She married John MacPherson and they lived in Arcata, California, USA, where she died on June 30, 1979 at the age of 90.
  7. Axel Fredrik Gummesonwas born on July 15, 1891 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Axel and his wife Ella, along with their son Kenneth, age 10 weeks, left Amery, Wisconsin, USA by train and arrived in Cabri, Saskatchewan on April 21, 1917.
    Hilda Gummeson

    Hilda Gummeson

    They took up residence at the August Gummeson farm on the south edge of town. Several brothers and a sister of Axel had come to Cabri prior to this time. They had four children, Kenneth, Mazel, Axel Stanley who died in infancy, and Helen.In 1928 Axel bought the NE, NW, and SE of 8-19-18 and the NE of 5-19-18 W 3rd. Axel was an avid curler and hunter, an active member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and a founding member of the Cabri Cooperative Association. In 1945, Axel and Ella retired and moved to New Westminster, British Columbia where Axel died November 6, 1962 at 71 after a lengthy illness.

  8. Esther Christine Gummesonwas born on September 1, 1893 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Esther married Alex Stewart in Cabri Sask., (or possibly  Wisconsin) March 20 , 1918 and they had 8 children.
    Axel Gummeson

    Axel Gummeson

    She died on November 2, 1963 at the age of 70 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada.

  9. Luther Emanuel Gummesonwas born June 22, 1895 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Before enlisting for military service on December 10, 1917, he was a Lutheran and a farmer in Vancouver, BC. In June 1918 he was in France. His regimental number was 4080081, he was a Pvt L.E. 7th Battalion of the Canadian (B.E. F.) British Expeditionary Force. He  was 6′ 1 1/8″ in height, with 40″ chest at full expansion, fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair on December 10, 1917. A description of his physical marks at the time of Attestation was “two scars left arm at insertion of deltoid. Scar little finger right hand, one left great toe, one upper lip right.” He died on October 22, 1934 at the age of 39 in Beruryn, Alberta, Canada of unknown causes. Rumour had it that his early death was attributed to being gassed during WWI. Before his death, Luther was living in the Peace River area.

    Luther Gummeson

    Luther Gummeson


  1. August Gummeson tombstone, Cabri Cemetery, Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada .
  2. 1880 US Census; Gummeson, David; Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin.
  3. ‘Iowa’ Ship’s Roster, 1871; Gummeson, David.
  4. 1910 US Census; Gummeson, Christina; Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin.
  5. Luther Emanuel Gummeson File (Attestation Papers), Archives Canada.
  6. Frank Elmer Gummeson tombstone, Cabri Cemetery, Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada; Through the Years: History of Cabri and District – Johnson Family; Page 618 (Cabri History Book Committee).
  7. 1910 US Census; Gummeson, Ernest; Gang Creek Township, Williams? County, North Dakota.
  8. Ernest W. Gummeson tombstone, Cabri Cemetery, Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  9. Informal interviews with various Gummeson family members.
  10. Through the Years: History of Cabri and District – Farm Equipment Operation, Page 24; Chautauqua, Page 39; Hunting, Page 51; Sod Breaking, Page 62; Councillors, Page 70; Dance, Page 75; Credit Union, Page 95; Hospital Board, Page 106-107; Lions Club, Page 113; Orange Lodge, Page 117; Cabri Band Auxiliary, Page 119;   Frank, Page 244-247; Axel and Cecil Gummeson, Page 447-449.

O Canada!

Canadian FlagFEATURED POST: Originally published almost three years ago, this post contains a lot of valuable information for those researching their ancestry in Canada. As a refresher and for those who missed it the first time around, here ya go…

I love Canada and I’m proud to be Canadian.

But… researching Canada genealogy can be problematic. I learned very quickly when I started researching, that Canadian genealogical data available online can be sporadic and difficult to find.

In the beginning, I literally spent hours online searching key phrases and keywords looking for information and the results were disappointing. Most of these sites are not optimized for search engines and one must dig through a lot of dirt to find the ‘gems’ – and there are some gems.

Once I found great sites for Canadian family genealogy research, I made a point of saving them to my ‘favourites’ and quickly built up quite a list of valuable links related to my own research.

Here are the ten best sites for Canadian genealogy research that I have found with some background information and tips and hints. I feel that these ten links provided 90% of the verifiable data I obtained regarding Canadian ancestors.

  1. Archives of Canada- Although this site can be confusing and difficult to navigate, it’s well worth the time and effort. There is a wealth of information available here. My advice? Think of it as a genealogical treasure hunt and explore every link you come across that may be relevant to your research. Be sure to bookmark and/or record the ones you find valuable as it can be very difficult to find them again later. To get you started here are my favourite links within the archives collection:
  2. Automated Genealogy – This site provides detailed and proofed transcriptions of the Canadian Censuses as well as links to other genealogy projects.
  3. Veterans’ Affairs Canada – Records and Collections – This collection includes the Books of Remembrance; the Canadian Virtual War Memorial; and Diaries, Letters and Stories.
  4. Commonwealth War Graves Commission – This site is for research of Commonwealth soldiers and veterans who died during wars.
  5. Dictionary of Canadian Biography – Great dictionary of biographies of prominent and noted Canadians.
  6. Rootsweb- A global collaborative site of user input data, family genealogy histories, documents and information.
    • Canada GenWeb
    • Message Boards – Canada
  7. Cyndi’s List – This section of the site leads you through numerous links to resources for Canadian genealogy research.
  8. Olive Tree Genealogy – The Canadian section of this site contains numerous links for Canadian genealogy research – some of them being quite obscure and valuable.
  9. A paid site that is well worth the money to attempt to fill in the gaps not filled by using the free resources and sites available.
    • Drouin Collection – French Canadian collection of parish and church records from 1608 to 1935.
  10. – Although this site has recently started adding digitized records to its’ collection, the majority of the information available is provided by users and can therefore be questionable. I recommend this site for finding leads to information missing elsewhere and then pursuing primary sources elsewhere.

All of these links and more can be found on my ‘Genealogy Links‘ page. Feel free to browse and find some valuable links for global genealogical research.

photo credit: Sam Howzit

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) adds 15 databases to collection.

Library and Archives CanadaLibrary and Archives Canada (LAC) has announced that nominal indexes for 1825 to 1916 Canadian censuses can now be accessed on their site – totaling over 32 million documents. There is no cost for this access.

Numerous LAC teams and other individuals and organizations worked continually over several months to make these databases available and the results of this work and the website and database updates are:

  • options for either JPG or PDF for images;
  • the ability to search with geographical or nominal data;
  • consistency with the Government of Canada’s standards for accessibility;
  • geographical metadata that is standardized and available in English and French;
  • an interactive facility for making suggestions for corrections; and automatic updates on a weekly basis.

All of these improvements and additions will provide an easier and much more clear and simple place online to search for your Canadian ancestors and build your family tree.