Emma Beckman was born 10 November 1892 in Volhynia, Russia. Her parents were Frederick and Hermenia (Salvester) Beckman. They immigrated to Manitoba, Canada and in 1908 moved to Jansen, Saskatchewan. They farmed one half mile east of the village. Emma married Julius Ratke in 1910 in Jansen. They homesteaded for a few years in the Jansen area before moving to Biggar, SK and then Leduc, Alberta. By 1917, they were back in the Jansen area and bought land at (SW -24-33-20-W2) four miles north of Jansen. They lived there until 1953 when they retired in Jansen.
Emma and Julius had six children; two died in infancy. The family attended Zion Lutheran Church in Jansen. They had a good well on their land which provided good drinking water for forty families. Julius had one of the first cars in the area and often chauffeured salesmen around. She liked to garden and grow flowers. Julius died in July 1974 and Emma died in September 1974. They were both buried in Jansen Cemetery.
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