Charlie & Alma Erickson

Charles Edward Erickson and Alma Margurette Ennis were married on June 22, 1931 at Epping, North Dakota. They have three children: Colleen Gale, Charles Edward Jr., and Judith Jean.

Charles Erickson, who was generally known as Charlie, was born at Ledyard, Iowa on May 3, 1902. His parents were Martha Larsen Erickson and Carl Erickson. He came with his parents to homestead at Spring Brook, North Dakota in the winter of 1902, living in Spring Brook until a log house could be built on their land. They moved into the log house at Spring Brook in the spring of 1903, living there until a larger home could be built several years later.

Charles had two brothers, Lloyd and Melvin, and a sister, Kathryn, who wre also born in Iowa. A third brother, Howard, was born on the homestead in Spring Brook.

Charlie grew up on the farm, which was later expanded into a cattle and horse ranch, as well as a farm. The family also lived in Williston for a time, while his father served as Sheriff of Williams County for three terms, and was later a member of the state legislature. Carl Erickson was also an auctioneer.

As a young man, Charlie worked in county bridge construction, joining the Signal Department of the Great Northern Railway in 1926. He worked as a Signal Maintainer for forty-one years, traveling back and forth from one town and staet to another during the depression years, including such towns as Simcoe, Spring Brook, Ross, Tagus, Superior, Wisconsin, Hibbing and Brookston, Minnesota and, when the Dakota Division completed the installation of Block Signals, the family moved to Granville in October of 1947, where Charlie was Maintainer until he retired in 1947, after which he and his wife moved to a farm they had bought from Jay and Berniece Damman.

Alma Ennis Erickson was born at Tagus, North Dakota on October 2, 1913, one of ten children born to Alice and Richard Aylmer Ennis, both of Irish-Canadian origins. They were five boys and five girls. Until she was married, Alma had lived only in Tagus, other than while she attended Minot State College.

The Ericksons were members of Hope Congregational Church, Ashlar Lodge No. 69, A.F. & A.M., and Granville Chapter No. 47, Order of the Eastern Star.

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