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Marriage: Children:
  1. Anna SIMONSON: Birth: 9 NOV 1889 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Death: 26 FEB 1966 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  2. Sigrid Fredrica SIMONSON: Birth: 24 FEB 1891 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Death: 28 NOV 1971 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  3. Gudrun Olga Mylada SIMONSON: Birth: 16 SEP 1893 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Death: 27 MAR 1966 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  4. Esther Euphemia SIMONSON: Birth: SEP 1896 in Manitoba, Canada. Death: 13 FEB 1966 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  5. Martha Viola SIMONSON: Birth: 5 DEC 1897 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Death: 19 SEP 1992 in Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada

  6. Olof Fredrik SIMONSON: Birth: 5 DEC 1899 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Death: 24 AUG 1901 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  7. Carl Simon SIMONSON: Birth: 5 SEP 1902 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Death: 26 NOV 1971 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Sources
1. Title:   Public Member Trees
Page:   Database online.
Author:   Ancestry.com
Publication:   Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;
2. Title:   1906 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta
Page:   Database online.
Author:   Ancestry.com
Publication:   Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;
3. Title:   1916 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta
Page:   Database online.
4. Title:   1911 Census of Canada
Page:   Database online.
Author:   Ancestry.com
Publication:   Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;
5. Title:   1901 Census of Canada
Page:   Database online.
Author:   Ancestry.com
Publication:   Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;
6. Title:   1891 Census of Canada
Page:   Database online.
Author:   Ancestry.com
Publication:   Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2008;
7. Title:   Simonson 1956 family tree entitled "Antavla"
Author:   Lindstrom, Daniel: Ostersund, Sweden
Publication:   Name: 1956 (estimate), arising from visit of Olga (Simonson) Nickle to Sweden;
8. Title:   Membership Records
9. Title:   Parish Records
10. Title:   Order for Interment
11. Title:   Certificate of Death #4905 issued July 31, 1929 by Provincial Board of Health, Manitoba, Canada
12. Title:   Simonson, Olof: Obituary written in 1958, Winnipeg, Manitoba
13. Title:   Church Records - Marriage

Notes
a. Note:   As detailed in the family tree, Olof Simonsson and his wife Sigrid Hammarberg were first cousins.
  A note dated April 22, 2001, by Samuel William Aylesworth, son of Agnes Alice Nickle and Robert Wesley Aylesworth. Agnes was the daughter of Samuel Clarence Nickle.
  I have in my possession numerous letter from and about George Nickle, his wife Martha (called "Mattie"] and from and about Samuel Clarence Nickle, his wife Olga Nickle (nee Simonson), and their family members. I received these letters from Rosemary Nickle, the widow of Samuel Clarence Nickle (Jr), a son of Samuel Clarence Nickle (Sr) and a brother of my mother Agnes. I will read through these letters during the months ahead, and record critical information in this family tree.
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 Letters dated in August 1928 speak of the sudden illness of Olaf, x-ray treatment for stomach cancer, and then his death on August 26th, 1928 at 6:07 pm.
  Following is copy of newspaper article written at the time:
  "OLOF SIMONSON, PIONEER OF 1881, DIES IN HOSPITAL
 Well Known as Leader in Scandanavian Circles in Winnipeg
  One of the most noted and highly esteemed early day pioneers of this city, Olaf Simonson, died Sunday evening at 6:15 oc'clock in the Winnipeg General hospital.
  Mr. Simonson was 71 years of age, and came to Winnipeg in 1881 from Jancland, Sweden. For a number of years he was engaged in timber contracting in the country to the east of Winnipeg and in building the Canadian Pacific railway into this city. During the 1885 Riel rebellion, his camp outfits north of Lake Superior were commandeered by the government, for which he received full compensation one year later.
  Mr. Simonson was 34 years of age [should read '24 years of age'] when he arrived in the province. Two years later he opened the SCANDINAVIAN HOTEL, north main street, near the old Canadian Pacific railway station, and operated it for many years, until 1903, when he entered into the coal and wood business, living at the corner of Charles Street and Flora Avenue, besides his business premises. In 1912 [at the age of 54] he disposed of his business and retired to a small farm at Lac du Bonnett, where he was living up to within a few weeks of his death.
  Mr. Simonson was closely associated with John D. McArthur, railway contractor, in a number of sub-contracts in the early days. He was married in Hallock, Minnesota [in 1890, at the age of 32]. The bride came from Sweden, and as there was no Lutheran minister in Winnipeg, the couple went to Hallock to secure the services of an ordained Swedish Lutheran clergyman.
  * Founded Church and Society *
  Later on Mrs. Simonson became the charter member of the first Lutheran church started here [in Winnipeg]. She died one year ago at Lac du Bonnet [in 1927]. Mr. Simonson was also one of the founders of the Norden Sick and Benefit Society [also referred to as 'Norden SBS']. There is now only one living of the five who organized the society.
  Of the family, all of whome were born in Winnipeg, there are living, five girls and one boy, these being: Anna, Mrs. W. H. Campbell, Vancouver, B.C.; Olga, Mrs. S. C. Nickle, of Calgary, Alta.'; Violiniste Freda Simonson, well known as a pianiste, Winnipeg; Mrs. D. M. McCulloch (Esther), of Pine Fall, Manitoba; and Miss Viola, at home, Lac du Bonnet. The son is Carl Simonson, teacher and instructor.
  All members of the family, with the exception of Mrs. Campbell, were present at the bedside of their father before he died, and he was conscious to the end.
  A funeral will be held in Winnipeg, the day not having been arranged pending the arrival of Mrs. Campbell. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery."
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  Grave 2, Lot 436, Section 12 Elmwood Cemetery
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  On August 10 2010, I found this brief and general article about Swedish Immigration to Canada at the following web-location: http://www.abheritage.ca/albertans/people/Swedish.html
  "Swedish immigration to Canada began in the 1850s. However, most Swedes were soon lured to the United States after only a brief sojourn in Canada. Efforts to persuade Swedes and other immigrants to remain in the country were at first unsuccessful, due to more inviting opportunities south of the border, where land and climate seemed more inviting. In fact, until 1914 most of the Swedes who came to Canada migrated from the United States. Immigration to Canada would not pick up until the end of the 19th century when land in the American Midwest grew scarce and expensive. Those who could not secure ample farmland crossed the border into Canada where affordable land was still in abundance.
  Many Swedes who came to North America during this period were fleeing famine and a land shortage in their home country. In addition to farming, early Swedish settlers also found work as miners and lumberjacks in Northern Ontario or as labourers on the Canada Pacific Railway. With the completion of the railway in 1885, the Canadian prairies were opened up for settlement and Winnipeg became the centre of Swedish immigration in Canada. In fact, it was in Manitoba that the first Swedish language newspaper and church were established.
  The first Swedes to settle in what is now Alberta set up homesteads at Bittern Lake near Wetaskiwin in 1892. Bittern Lake soon formed the nucleus of a large concentration of Swedish settlements that included the villages of New Sweden, Crooked Lake, Swea, Burnt Lake, Valley City, Malmo and Water Glen. The Swedes in this region were mostly farmers who had emigrated from the United States.
  After 1900, an increasing number of Swedes began to emigrate directly from Sweden. They were a diverse group-some were industrial workers, other engineers and business men involved in the export industries, drawn west by emerging opportunities in the prairies. There were close to 16,000 Swedes in Alberta by 1921.
  Links in the Swedish community have in part been maintained through the use of media. Swedes in Canada have published a number of periodicals, most originating in Manitoba. The longest running Swedish periodical in Canada was the weekly Canada-Tidningen, founded in 1892. It amalgamated with the Swedish American Tribune of Chicago in 1970 which continues to publish weekly. In addition, Canada-Svenska is published semi-monthly in Toronto and caters primarily to post World War II Swedish immigrants living in Central Canada. The Swedish Press (Nya Svenska Pressen) is North America's only Swedish monthly magazine and is published out of Vancouver for worldwide distribution. Scandinavian Press is a quarterly magazine that features news and articles about Scandinavian and Nordic communities.
  The Vasa Order and Vasa Lodges have played an important part in the preservation of Swedish traditions. Named after Gustav Vasa, a 16th century Swedish ruler, the lodges originated in the 1890s in the United States as an association for sick benefits and Scandinavian culture. Alberta's first Vasa Lodge was established at Meeting Creek in 1931. Today, affiliated lodges can also be found in Calgary, Bashaw, Wetaskiwin, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Thorsby.
  Vasa Lodges engage their members in a number of social and cultural activities, as well as several community service programs. They organize Saint Lucia pageants each year, which mark the beginning of the Christmas season and celebrate the lengthening of daylight hours following the winter solstice. As part of the festivities, the eldest daughter dresses in a white gown and wears a crown of lit candles to represent Saint Lucia, a Christian martyr who renounced her possessions and served the poor. Today Lucia is a symbol of light and hope for the future for the Swedish community.
  Swedish-Canadian cultural organizations are often affiliated with Pan-Scandinavian associations. For example, in 1959 the Vasa Lodge in Lethbridge admitted Danes and Norwegians to form a Scandinavian club. In Edmonton, Swedes are active in the Scandinavian Centre Cooperative Association, which was created in 1954. The Scandinavian Centre in Calgary supports various groups and is the location of a Swedish School for children, and Swedish seminars for the more advanced students. The University of Alberta has an active Scandinavian Club that promotes events and activities for students interested in Scandinavian culture, as well as links to other resources and organizations, and the city of Edmonton is home to the Scandinavian Heritage Society.
  In addition to social and cultural activities, Swedish Canadians have been active in the country's political and economic life. Like other Scandinavians, Swedes were instrumental in the organization of Co-ops in Alberta and were active members of the United Farmers of Alberta. Harry Strom, a former Premier of Alberta was of Swedish decent.
  In 2001 there were 282,760 Swedes in Canada, 45 percent of whom lived in the three Prairie provinces. Specifically, Alberta is home to a Swedish population of over 78,000. Swedish immigration to Canada has been slight since World War II, due to favourable social and economic conditions in Sweden.
  Through their community organizations and participation in the economic and political affairs of Alberta, Swedes both preserve the cultural heritage of the province and take an active part in shaping Albertan society."
  [Added to this database on August 10, 2010 by Samuel William Aylesworth]



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