Claritt Etler Dorothea Mortensen


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Mary Jerina McBurney

Claritt Etler Dorothea Mortensen 2,48

  • Born: 24 Aug 1908, Luck, Polk, Wisconsin, USA 2,48
  • Marriage: Mary Jerina McBurney on 2 Nov 1929 in Admiral, , Saskatchewan, Canada 2,48
  • Died: 1 Jun 1984, Gull Lake, , Saskatchewan, Canada at age 75 2,48
  • Buried: 5 Jun 1984, Gull Lake, , Saskatchewan, Canada 2,48

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The following article on the Mortenson Family comes from the History Book "Praitie Profiles" (1979)

NE 27-13-18
Mr. and Mrs. James Mortensen, Claritt, Howard and Helen (Downey) came from Luck, Wisconsin, in 1918 to the Verlo district. In the fall of 1920 they moved to the Art Moat farm in the Queens County district. Howard passed away on November 5, 1921 and is buried in the Gull Lake Cemetery. Mrs. Mortensen passed away March 15, 1921 and is buried at Luck, Wisconsin. Mrs. Lexie Graham was a wonderful friend in their time of sorrow.
Annie Huben came to keep house for the rest of the family in 1922 and stayed until 1929. She later married Harold Schandorf. They moved to Atwater, Saskatchewan and are both deceased and buried there.
The Mortensens moved to Harvey Downey's farm in the fall of 1925 and farmed there until the fall of 1928. During the summers there, James would have good old fashioned barn dances with a good orchestra consisting of Mrs. Frank Harvey, Nelson Busse, Martin Osberg and Hugh Adams. In the winter of 1928 the family lived in Gull Lake in the Floyd Imhoff house. In 1929 they moved to the Tom Trostem farm south of Carmichael where he farmed until 1932. Before moving to Robb, Alberta, he lived on the Hans Christenson place. James Mortensen passed away in Edmonton, Alberta in 1956 and is buried there.
Claritt and Helen (Downey) attended school at Banks and Queens County. Claritt and Helen (Downey) have a half-brother, Dale Mortensen, who lives in Raymond, Alberta.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack McBurney, Ilene, Mary, Dora, Ruth and Lloyd came from Souris, Manitoba, to Claydon, Saskatchewan in 1916 and lived there until the fall of 1921 when they moved to Gull Lake and lived in what was then called the Scout House which was located next to Mr. and Mrs. Herb Sweetings who were wonderful neighbors to the McBurneys.
From there they moved to the Herb Irwin farm and a baby girl, Patricia "Pat", was born in January, 1922. They moved to the McArthur farm southwest of Gilbert Whites, to the McDonald farm east of Ernie Moses and then to the Joe Small farm in 1924. A son, Stewart, was born in September, 1923.
In 1925 the McBurneys bought a farm at Simmie, Saskatchewan where they farmed until they retired to Port Moody, British Columbia, in 1947. Mr. McBurney passed away August, 1956 and is buried in Forrest Lawn at New Westminster, British Columbia. Lloyd passed away in July, 1976 and is buried in Souris, Manitoba. Dora passed away in August, 1977, and is buried at Hartney, Manitoba. Mrs. McBurney continues to enjoy good health and is now living in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, with daughter Ilene and her husband, Ted Corkery, all of them having returned to Saskatchewan in 1978.
The five oldest McBurney children went to school at Banks and St. Clair. Ilene, Mary and Ruth all worked for their board to obtain their high school education in Gull Lake. Ilene's first teaching position, at the age of eighteen, was at Mount Royal in 1925 and she boarded with Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Black.
In the summer of 1924, Claritt Mortensen was introduced to the McBurney girls at a dance at Ear View School. That fall, Mary McBurney went to work for James Mortensen. Claritt and Mary were married in November, 1929 after a courtship of five years. Three children blessed this couple: Howard `Bud' in 1930, Dean in 1933 and Karen in 1937.
Claritt and Mary started farming for themselves in 1932 on the Tom Armstrong farm nine miles north of Gull Lake. Our means of transportation was a lovely black team and a buggy. Money was in very short supply as once we were down to five dollars. Claritt had to have shoes which took $2.50 of that so it did not leave much to go on so we were very thankful for relief cheques and good neighbors as Wilbur Harveys, Art Olsens, Willie Peterson who gave us a heifer calf, Henry Sorensens, and Raymond Sauder. Johnnie Gardner loaned us a cow so we would have our milk supply and one morning Claritt milked her, turned her out and she went to eat the grass through the fence and lightning struck the fence and killed the cow.
In the summer of 1935 we lived in the Ernie Evans house and Claritt worked for Percy Downey for twenty dollars a month. I tried to gar-den but the beet webb worm took all the garden, went over everything including the house, and cleaned out everything edible in their path.
We lived with Bill Carlson the winter of 1935 and moved to the Hans Christianson farm in the spring of 1936. We put in two crops there but our returns were not much better than on the Arm-strong place. We farmed the Harry Nelson farm in 1938. Bud started school at Ear View, not a very big boy on a big horse. His teacher was Rose Cann.
We moved to the Bill Mervyn farm in the spring of 1939, which we bought and are still farming. We call our farm Rocky Knolls as a result of a remark my Dad, Jack McBurney, made when we first moved here which was "I don't know how you folks will make a living off those `Rocky Knolls"'.
In all our moving around we have had wonderful neighbors and lasting friends.

NW 22-13-18
I was born in 1930 in the Shaunavon Hospital. Started school at Ear View then attended Mount Royal, Kemmel Hill in Antelope and finished with High School in Gull Lake. Dean has recalled the teachers in the country schools.
I married Irene Booker in 1948 and worked for the Pool Elevator in Gull Lake and then in Regina. We moved to Souris, Manitoba in 1949 and I worked as a C. P. R. Locomotive Fireman between Souris and Estevan from 1949 to 1954. In the fall of 1954 we moved back to Gull Lake and I began work as a battery operator for Mobil Oil. In 1959 we bought the Joe Rainey farm and farmed along with battery operating.
We have five daughters: Cheryl (Mrs. Wayne Raketti) of Red Deer, Alberta, who has two children; Terry (Mrs. Dale Irwin) of Saskatoon; Wendy (Mrs. Rick Munt) of Gull Lake who has two children; Debbie who works at the Research Station in Swift Current and Cindy who is still going to school in Gull Lake.
by Dean Mortensen
I was born in 1933 in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. The first school I attended was Mount Royal where I attended for three years. The teachers were Ruth Johnson (MacAuley) and Mrs. Thompson. Then I attended Kemmel Hill in Antelope for four years. The teachers I can recall are Miss Steele and Miss Clemintine Smith. Our method of travel to Antelope was either a saddle horse or a one-horse two-wheeled cart. I took the last years of schooling in Gull Lake, where I graduated in 1950. I then liv-ed in Swift Current working in lumber and pipe line business until 1959 when my family and I started farming on the George Dunmire farm near Ante-lope Lake. I married the former Lorraine Schriver and we have a family of four sons. Our oldest son, Richard married Vicki Peters of the Verlo district. They live in Gull Lake and have a daughter, Toni Daylene. Our second son, Michael married Linda Haubrick of Moose Jaw and Hodgeville. They lived in Swift Current and have a son, Reggie Michael. On February 19, 1979 Michael was killed in a gas field accident. Randall, our third son married Paige Mallette of Saskatoon and is attending University there. Tedrick, our youngest son is completing his high school in Gull Lake.

I was born in Gull Lake on October 5, 1937 --the "baby of the family".
I attended Kemmel Hill School along with Bud and Dean for Grade one only. The following year Bud was in high school so we transferred to the Gull Lake Public/High School which I attended for the next eleven years graduating from Grade twelve in 1956. I was one of sixteen grads to be the first class to graduate from the then new high school at the southeast side of Gull Lake - all the high school classes having moved into the new building in April of that year.
I completed a secretarial course at Garbutts Business College in Medicine Hat in February 1957 and commenced working at Household Finance in Swift Current.
In July, 1957 I married Art Carlson from Neidpath, Saskatchewan, whom I first met in 1953 when he worked on a survey crew with the Dept. of Highways in Gull Lake when the new No. 1 Highway was under construction. We lived in Swift Current for sixteen years where Art worked as a surveyor-draftsman for the Provincial Government on construction of Grid Roads. During those years I worked as a receptionist at the Medical Arts Clinic (now the Carmel Medicine Clinic) until our move to Medicine Hat in 1973.
In 1970 Art left the Provincial Government to go to trade school where, over the next two years, he studied barbering and hairdressing. After apprenticing for one year in Swift Current we decided to buy a business in Medicine Hat so took our leave of Swift Current in 1973 and moved to Medicine Hat where Art now owns and operates "His & Hers Coiffures". I have been employed as a legal secretary for the past two years after having spent two and a half years working for Social Services.
We have three children, all born at Swift Current: Steven Lane who married a Medicine Hat girl, Carol Wenzel and they, along with their daughter Sarah Lynne, live in Medicine Hat, Kristine Ellen and David Arthur, still at home and attending High School. Of my early years I recall happy, carefree playing with Josie Hershberger, Camilla Olsen and Ann Holtby who used to visit at Grandma Holtby's every summer. I also remember attending homemaker meetings with Mom and playing with all the other kids (and probably getting into some trouble too) while our Moms held their meetings. I don't remember, but have been told, that Shirley Appleyard (Logan) and I walked on and broke out a few panes of glass from some storm windows at one such meeting (or perhaps it was a quilting party)! Mom can probably clarify this.
Of my teen years I recall many, many dances, usually on Friday nights at the Antelope Hall. I remember many times when, before the days of microphones, Dad would come home from those dances so hoarse he couldn't talk after calling square dances!
I am also told that Dad was, for several years and unbeknown to me, "Santa Claus" at the annual Christmas concert held at the Antelope Community Hall.



bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Family History, 1979. Taken from the Antelope District History Book "Family Profiles". The text of these photos is detailed under "Research Notes".

Cemetery: Gull Lake & District Cemetery, 1984, Gull Lake, , Saskatchewan, Canada. Inscription:
1908 - 19841909 - 2004
MARRIED NOV. 2, 1929


Claritt married Mary Jerina McBurney, daughter of John Albert McBurney and Annie Christina Manning, on 2 Nov 1929 in Admiral, , Saskatchewan, Canada 2.,48 (Mary Jerina McBurney was born on 18 Mar 1909 in Mentieth, Glenwood, Manitoba, Canada,2,48,79 died on 21 Dec 2004 in Gull Lake, , Saskatchewan, Canada and was buried in 2004 in Gull Lake, , Saskatchewan, Canada 24.)

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