Monthly Archives: January 2014

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year by Linda C Butler I live in the Lower Mainland in British Columbia, Canada, home to a large Asian population. Vancouver and Richmond Chinatowns host major cultural events, such as lion dancing and parades to mark the … Continue reading

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The Whiskey Jacks

The Whiskey Jacks by Linda C Butler Told by Charlie Vance Trapping was a lonely occupation and I often looked to the whiskey jacks (gray jays) for company.  Their chattering eased some of the boredom as I walked for miles … Continue reading

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Steve’s Ghost Riders In The Sky

Steve’s Ghost Riders In The Sky We remember Uncle Steve Vance fondly.  This poem was presented to him on the occasion of his 95th birthday celebration, October 27, 2005 A young cow poke named Stevie Vance was born long ago. Way … Continue reading

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For the Love of Margaret

For the Love of Margaret Doing more Family Tree research lately, I see that our great-grandfather has seven brothers and three of them fell in love with a Margaret. Can you imagine how their family gatherings must have been? But … Continue reading

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The Rag Cutters

THE RAG CUTTERS by Linda C Butler The hospital auxiliary in Langley operates a thrift shop and when Aunt Myrt lived in Ft Langley, at least twenty years ago, the group took the absorbent clothing that was not suitable for … Continue reading

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Laundry Day in the Log Cabin

Monday Was Wash Day According to the Laws of Feminine Paradigms, Monday was Wash day long before the prairies filled up with settlers. Homestead wives brought this tradition from their far-off motherlands and planted it into the cultural soil of … Continue reading

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Miss Kathleen Rice, Pioneer Legend

Miss Kathleen Rice, Pioneer Legend By Linda C Butler Kathleen (Kate) Rice, a pioneer from the Snow Lake MB area was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in Toronto on Thursday, January 16, 2014.  The credit for researching this … Continue reading

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Uncle Danny Vance — Obit

Joseph Daniel Vance was born December 27, 1914.  He was born at Spy Hill, Sask., the son of Allen and Emily Vance who were originally from Ontario. They moved to Pathlow, Sk, and later to Melfort where Danny resided until … Continue reading

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The Recluse

The Recluse by Linda C Butler Told by Charlie Vance When I first went to Thicket Portage, on the Hudson Bay Railway, I trapped with Roy Erickson, the young brother of the storekeeper’s wife.  I was in my twenties and … Continue reading

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The Injustice of Birth Order

When Children Divide the Nickels Back in 1899 a thirteen-year-old Ontario girl named Christina kept a diary for that year of her life.  One of her entries tells of a day her father had taken her and her sister Annie, … Continue reading

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