Friends re­united even af­ter all of these years...90 of them

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - FARM NEWS - Con­trib­uted

by Guy Rouse

Two friends, Net­tie Rouse and Es­ther Ha­gen, both hav­ing cel­e­brated their 93rd birth­days just a cou­ple of weeks apart, are once again en­joy­ing liv­ing close to one an­other in Swift Cur­rent, SK.

Net­tie’s 93rd birth­day on April 2 and Es­ther’s was on April 17. They started life as Net­tie Land­mark and Es­ther Mox­ness, grow­ing up on farms near each other and play­ing to­gether in the com­mu­nity of In­stow, Saskatchew­an.

They walked to­gether to the one room school in In­stow called the North In­stow School.

It was in this com­mu­nity that they be­gan a friend­ship that con­tin­ues to this day.

Net­tie and Es­ther both mar­ried farm­ers, Es­ther mar­ried Arnold Ha­gen in March of 1945 and they raised their fam­ily and farmed in the Ad­mi­ral com­mu­nity.

Net­tie mar­ried Bill Rouse Jr in June of 1947 and they raised their fam­ily and farmed in the Sim­mie com­mu­nity.

The cou­ples re­mained friends, vis­it­ing one an­other and camp­ing to­gether as they farmed and raised their fam­i­lies. Their hus­bands also be­came good friends, hunt­ing and fish­ing to­gether.

Es­ther and Arnold moved off their farm and into Shau­navon, Saskatchew­an in 1986, spend­ing sum­mers on their farm and in De­cem­ber of 2015 Net­tie and Bill moved off their farm and into the Prairie Pi­o­neer

Manor in Swift Cur­rent, Saskatchew­an. It be­came more dif­fi­cult to see each other in per­son but they al­ways kept in touch by tele­phone.

Sadly both women lost their hus­bands; Es­ther in 2011 and Net­tie in 2018.

Then in May of 2020 Es­ther Ha­gen moved into a unit at the Prairie Pi­o­neer Manor in Swift Cur­rent where Net­tie Rouse still re­sides in her unit.

Once again the two friends are pleased to live close to­gether as they did as young girls and are able to spend as much time to­gether as they wish.

It’s a friend­ship that has spanned over 90 years.

Net­tie Rouse is on the left and Es­ther Ha­gen is on the right.

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