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Christ Andersen and
Gunda Van Maarian Andersen

Seven Persons - Once Hundred Sixty Acres and a Dream
As the Story was Told

Christ Andersen was an emigrant from Denmark. He chose a homestead in the High Bank district. He married Gunda Van Maarian. Certainly, communications must have been a problem for awhile with this couple, for he spoke only Danish, with a small knowledge of English, and she could speak only Dutch. They built a tall two-storied house and painted it pink. The structure still stands, although it must now be seventy years old and is frequently referred to as the "pink house."

Christ and Gunda had seven children. They were named: Christ, Mary, Lily, Gunda, Charlie and John, who were twins, and Carl. John and Carl were killed while they were overseas in the services of the World War 11. At one time Christ set fire to his field. When the fire was out the children ran about playing in the soil. Charlie, who was about two, stumbled and fell. He sat down on a piece of still-burning manure. The burn the poor child received to his buttocks, was so severe that he spent a good part of the year in the Medicine Hat Hospital.

In 1926, this family left the area to make their home at Rocky Mountain House and later at Eckville. There they worked in the lumber industry and they operated mixed farms. It was hard work but by doing so they made their livings, and established homes.

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