Monthly Archives: November 2013

Family Bible Records

The Vance Family Bible is one of those cumbersome old tomes meant as a showpiece on a mantle. Its dimensions are 11 x 13 x 4.5″ thick — not something you’d carry along to Church every Sunday. It was presented … Continue reading

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Biffy Stories

Biffy Stories By Linda C Butler Told by Steve Vance When I was a wee lad, my Grandmother, Mary Vance, would take me with her when she went to the biffy, whether I needed to go or not. She would … Continue reading

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1950s Vance Family Reunions

Somewhere in a blizzard of papers I found this clipping. Here we see the Family Reunions our Ontario cousins had once upon a time. The Robert Vance mentioned here was a brother to our Great-great-grandfather Joseph. Thus Mrs Leach’s grandfather … Continue reading

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Trapper’s Wife

Trapper’s Wife by Linda C Butler I showed my mom, Naomi Jane Vance a number of pictures from when she was first married and some after I was born.  She was amazed at how young she looked, but of course, … Continue reading

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Allen Wilfred Vance

Allen Wilfred Vance – He was born January 9, 1919 in Spy Hill, Saskatchewan to Allen and Emily (Turner) Vance. Allen worked for the CNR in Pathlow SK where he met Louise, who he married in 1951.  They raised their … Continue reading

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My Place in the Vance Clan

As you can see from the information elsewhere on this site, Allen and Emily Vance had four sons and two daughters: Pearl; Charles; Steven; Daniel; Myrtle; Allen. Allen’s son, (Wilfred) Allen Vance, born Jan 9, 1919 at Spy Hill, SK, … Continue reading

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Muskrat Stew

MUSKRAT STEW By Linda C Butler Told by Charlie Vance When I was travelling in the bush one time, I stopped for a visit with Billy Wedge who trapped on Mystery Lake. It was common for travellers to socialize when … Continue reading

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The Hudson Bay Start

The Hudson Bay Start by Linda C Butler Charlie Vance, my dad, told this account of leaving The Pas with teams of horses: “In the winter of 1927, I worked for Ross Navigation with the freight swings, which consisted of … Continue reading

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The Surprise Cake

This is a story Mom F told me about when she and her brother Allen were still school-age. Grandma must have been away housekeeping when Allen (my Dad Vance) got this craving to eat cake. One day she’d had been … Continue reading

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Cleaning Up the Clutter

Clean Up the Clutter by Linda C Butler Sometimes we need a fresh start and a new beginning and we need to create space in our lives for the projects we want to do.  We need to prune out the … Continue reading

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