Jerold Evanson, born in Taber, Alberta July 10, 1945, is the son of John Eugene Evanson. John Eugene was born July 18, 1914 in Taber, Alberta, Canada and passed away in October of 1999. John Eugene was the son of John Evan Evanson and Johannah Eorunn Johnson. He was dubbed Johnnie to distinguish him from his grandpa John and his dad John Evanson. Jon Eyvindsson--Johnnie's paternal grandfather--was an Icelander. Vigdis Jonsson--Johnnie's paternal grandmother--was also from Iceland. As legend has it, Icelanders were the bravest warriors, the boldest sailors, and firmest, loyalist friends. The harshness of their environment molded these men and their families into the greatest legends of the Scandinavians. They were the Vikings. The Evansons are descendants of Erik the Red, one of the most famous Vikings in history. The Icelandic people are muscular, tall, of light complexion, with eyes of blue or gray. John Eugene had the bluest eyes. When he looked at you, you felt like he was looking right through you. John Eugene Evanson was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a respected farmer and was a talented craftsman. John Eugene married Rae Mendenhall and together had four sons and three daughters.
Jerold Evanson was born in Taber, Alberta, Canada. Taber, one hour north of the U.S. border, is a small town and an ideal location for the outdoorsman. Taber was settled by homesteaders in the late 1890s and was initially a coal-mining town. Irrigation came to the area in the 1930s and brought with it the production of sugar beets. Today, the sugar beet factory in Taber is a territorial landmark. Latter-day Saints, also known as Mormons, were some of the first settlers in the area. They settled this area and established a hamlet. John Evan Evanson was one of the first mayors of the town. Taber is known for its super-sweet corn, which comes in both white and yellow varieties. This corn is tender, sweet, and delicious beyond anything you have ever eaten. Taber Corn Festival is an event you can't miss.
Jerold Evanson remembers watching Canadian geese fly in a V-shape formation over his home and farm for hours at a time. This was a signal that winter was around the corner. His home was located in the migration route they took on their way south. They would land in his corn, wheat, and barley fields and honk so loudly he could hardly sleep at night. What a sight it was to watch these magnificent birds fly over their home for hours at a time. One of his favorite spring and autumn memories was to peer up at the sky and look at these beautiful birds returning to Canada for the summer or leaving for the winter. Canadian geese are waterfowl that live throughout most of North America, and are famous for their life-long mating (though a widowed goose will usually choose another mate). Jerold only shot one of these birds when he was a small boy and is still haunted by this experience. He also remembers watching the bird in front of the V-formation leave and another take its place in the rear. He still can hear the noise of their wings as they flew over his farm on those cool, fall days. He can't help but smile as he remembers those days, watching the hundreds of Canadian geese fly by.
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