Author Archives: Linda C Butler

About Linda C Butler

I write pioneer stories from the Herb Lake Ghost Town. Please do not re-blog this material or re-publish without my permission.

The Legacy of Mary (Sam) Vance, Knitter

The Legacy of Mary (Sam) Vance, Knitter by Linda C Butler Traditional skills, such as knitting, connect us to past generations.  I never knew my great grandmother Mary Vance, but she was an expert knitter and I feel that when … Continue reading

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The Urban Hobo Jungle

The Urban Hobo Jungle by Linda C Butler Hobo jungles were places for the homeless to gather in the 1930s and they sprang up around most major railway cities.  There was little employment and men rode on freight cars without … Continue reading

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Victory Gardens

The hoe in the backyard is mighty good backing for the flag on the front porch.1. Victory Gardens, War Gardens, or Food Gardens for Defence were popular in WW1 and WW2 as a way to combat the food shortages of … Continue reading

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The Travelling Preacher

The Travelling Preacher by Linda C Butler Told by Charlie Vance In the 1930s I lived at Thicket Portage, a small community on the Hudson Bay Railway in Northern Manitoba.  At the center of town, facing the railway tracks, was … Continue reading

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Easter Greetings

We wish all our readers a Joyful Easter. Enjoy these quotations: Easter is not a time for groping through dusty, musty tomes or tombs to disprove spontaneous generation or even to prove life eternal.  It is a day to fan the … Continue reading

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Reminiscing with Seniors

REMINISCING WITH SENIORS by Linda C Butler We had dinner tonight with my mom in the seniors’ complex and sat with the other ladies at her table. I asked what they remembered about the horse and buggy days.  Mom remembered … Continue reading

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The Potato Crop

The Potato Crop by Linda C Butler We have flower beds made with landscape ties by a fence and in front of our house. Potatoes sometimes sprout from the compost in these beds and we have left them to grow, … Continue reading

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My Adventurous Shopping Trip

This is a story told by Georgette Major who had the sawmill with her husband Stan at Wekusko Falls and supplied much of the lumber that was used in the construction of buildings at Snow Lake, including Vance’s Store, that my … Continue reading

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The Coldest Time of My Life

The Coldest Time of My Life By Linda C Butler Told by Charlie Vance (1909-1989) In 1927 I worked for Ross Navigation hauling freight in Northern Manitoba with horses. We arrived on New Year’s Eve at Joe McDougall’s cabin on … Continue reading

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Steve Vance’s Curling Joke

Uncle Steve told this story: I had a dream once about heaven.  I love curling, so naturally I wanted to find out if the game is popular in heaven or not so I phoned St. Peter and asked: “St. Peter, I’ve got … Continue reading

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