Lögberg-Heimskringla - 08.10.1999, Blaðsíða 2

Lögberg-Heimskringla - 08.10.1999, Blaðsíða 2
2 » Lögberg-Heimskringla » Friday 8 October 1999 Letters to the Editor David Jón Fuller: I take the privilege of addressing this letter to you. If I am incorrect in doing so please forward it to the proper person involved. In your September 3 issue, page five, USA, "Kristjanson family reunion in North Dakota," which has my name as the one who sent in the article. I did not send the picture shown although Ethel is one of the family descendants. And the article has been changed as the last sen- tence, "The Kristjansons farmed in the Wynyard area," is not true. They farmed in the Eyford Community, south of Mountain, ND. They farmed from 1883 til their deaths in 1953. Kristjan was 102 years old and Svanfríður was 98 years old. The Icelandic wool afghan was cro- cheted by me. I am disappointed in the way my story is printed, to say the least. It appears to me that two articles have been combined, although I do not know where the picture or where the informa- tion for the last sentence came from. It also appears by the photo by I. Isfeld that someone took the liberty that they knew who the family were. I hope you make corrections in the next issue of your paper. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Hannes Kristjanson David Fuller had nothing to do with the above mentioned mistake. I am very sorry for the misinforma- tion at the end ofthe article, which I had planned to check, but somehow it did not get done. I thought it would not do any harm to have a picture ofour good friends by the article as I knew they were on their way to the Kristjanson reunion. I felt there were so many Kristjanson families that the readers would not know which family was being talked about when they were not located, nor a picture included. It would be ofgreat help to include a phone number on articles as that would make it easy to contact the writer to ask information. I am sorryfor the mistake which was mine. Gunnur Isfeld Dear Gunnur: I was pleased to see the notice about my niece, Betty Spalton, published in Lögberg-Heimskringla "E.M. (Betty) Spalton Trust Fund Established," but the whole object of the exercise was miss- ing. I'm sure most of your readers are asking, "So, who was Betty Spalton?" The object of the exercise, as far as I was concerned, was to let your readers in BC, who may have been aware of Betty's death, know of her Icelandic connection. Betty was the daughter of my sister, the late Svava Bardal Kerr, and granddaugh- ter of the late Arinbjörn S. and Margrét I. Bardal. It was Betty who organized, so suc- cessfully, our A.S. Bardal Family Reunion just a year ago when she appeared perfectly healthy. This past spring she died at the age of fifty-one. This has been a tragic shock to all of our family and to Betty's many friends and business associates. Your truly, Agnes Bardal Comack Governor George H. Ryan. Dear Kevin Johnson: As Governor of the State of Il.linois, it is my pleasure to congratulate you on the 40th anniversary of your joint publi- cation of Lögberg and Heimskringla, the Icelandic Weekly. Lögberg-Heimskringla has provided countless members of the Icelandic com- munity with an excellent source of national and community news. The depth of your coverage has given a wealth of information to those who are interested in the events and issues perti- nent to citizens of Icelandic descent. You can take pride in the many accomplish- ments that your publication has achieved. On behalf of the citizens of Illinois, please accept my best wishes on this spe- cial occasion. Sincerely, George H. Ryan Govemor of Illinois In 1904, Pembina County, North Dakota, could boast a record of 24 years without a single crop failure. The population was estimated at 19,132, and there were 1,742 farms across a total area of 717,098 acres. About 498,760 acres of farmland under cultivation had a total grain production of 8,308,832 bushels. There were schools, churches, post oflices and towns. There were 18 news- papers. The area produced 486,000 dozen eggs and 517,432 lbs of butter. Why, then, would a large group of Icelanders leave Pembina County and head for the Vatnabyggd area—before Saskatchewan had even become a province? Shortly before the official unveiling of our Vatnabyggd pioneer statue, Harry Denesik of Wynyard showed me the county map, which his son, Doug, had found rolled up in the ceiling of the attic. More than 90 years old, the "Pink Paper Map" is in remarkably good condition. Besides mapping out the townships of Pembina county, the map offers a little geography and the sort of statistics that should have immigrants rushing in, rather than packing to leave. There were 66 churches, 165 schools with 175 teach- ers for 5,632 children, which would be, on average, 32 children for each teacher. There were enough animals to pro- vide food, transportation and wool for all the children and the adults—16,004 horses, 13,380 sheeþ, 14,572 cattle, 32,008 pigs. The Township names are strangely familiar—Gardar, Thingvalla, Walhalla, all of which became Vatnabyggd area names. Gardar had 761 people, Thingvalla a population of 752, Walhalla 452. There were rivers and railways. The old map even provides the rural mail routes as well as defining the location of the houses and the cemeteries. Local history books don't provide a clue for the movement of the Icelanders from an area that sounds like it was next door to paradise. There was a logical rea- son why they had gone to Pembina County in the first place—government agents and community leaders figured that Icelanders would do well on the shore of a fish-filled lake or in an area that offered opportunities for mixed farming. Icelanders obviously had no experience with straight grain farming and the statistics on the Pembina County map certainly suggest that it was a mecca for mixed farming. Doug Denesik found the map, he said, during some renovation. They ripped up floor boards and found the map tucked up against the joists. His first reaction was to throw it out—then he took a look. When he realized it was a map, he knew it was a keeper. When he looked more closely, he realized that the names he was reading were Elfros, Dafoe, Wynyard, and Mozart family names. According to some sources, by the turn of the century, older farm settle- ments in North Dakota were becoming crowded, obviously by standards that we could not fathom. There was little land available for homesteads and the price was going up. However, it was estab- lished immigrants who moved to the Northwest Territories—and then to the LÖGBERG- Heimskringla Published eyery Friday by: Lögberg-Heimskringla Incorporated 650-5 Donald Street Winnipeg, MB Ph: (204) 284-5686 Fax: (204) 284-3870 E-mail: logberg@escape.ca OFFICE HOURS: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm MANAGING EDITOR: Gunnur Isfeld ADVERTISING DIRECTOR: Sandra Duma LAYOUT, COPY EDITING: David Jón Fuller PRINTING: The Oaily Graphic SUBSCRIPTION: 44 issues/year: Canada: $35 Canadian -Manitoba, add GST & PST: $39.90 -other provinces, add GST: $37.50 U.S.: $44 US lceland: $44 US -PAYABLE IN ADVANCE- Must be remitted in Canadian or US Dollars. All donations to Lögberg- Heimskringla Inc. are tax- deductible under Canadían laws . ADVERTISING For information on commercial ad space, contact Sandra Duma at 254-5477, FAX 256-9891 Classified Ads: $15.00 minimum, $3 per iine based on five words per Itne. After three inserts, your fourth is free. SUBMISSIONS L-H is always open to new writers. News, fiction, poetry, photography, and humorous articles are welcome. Send by mail, fax, or e-maii to the attention of Gunnur Isfeld, , Managing Editor, at the L-H office. BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESiDENT: Kevin Johnson VICE PRESIDENT: Harley Jonasson SECRETARY: Jullanna Bjornson TREASURER: Bill Perlmutter BOARD MEMBERS: Neil Bardal, Elva Jonasson, Shirley McGreedy, Paul Westdal, Kirsten Wolf, Melissa Kjartanson, Leslie Bardal, Andrea Mclntosh, Marno Otafson, Catherine Filmon, Dan Johnson MEMBER-AT-LARGE: Jon Sig Gudmundson, Kentucky brand-new province of Saskatchewan. In 1872, the Canadian Parliament had passed the Dominion Lands Act offering each settler a quarter section for $10. However, transportation into the Vatnabyggd area was sketchy. The Canadian Pacific Railway was contracted to build a trans-Canada railway which reached Yorkton in 1890, but tracks did- n't stretch to Wynyard until 1909. So, if any reader could give me a plausible reason why Icelanders would leave the Pembina Garden of Eden to venture into the Vatnabyggd area, I would be most interested. Thank you. Joan Eyolfson Cadham Foam Lake, SK <m ir unn* Rin* im mv 'n&'w&t mri u nrmr Hwrrmm k rmt \ rin WHKinMr-

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