Author Archives: Linda C Butler

About Linda C Butler

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

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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Old Blue

Our family had a store in Snow Lake from approx 1950 to 1965.  Georgette and Stan Major were family friends who lived near Wekusko Falls and they supplied the lumber to build our store in Snow Lake. OLD BLUE By … Continue reading

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Family Secrets – A Change of Name

There are many occurrences where it is hard to trace family from past generations and one of the reasons was that it was so easy to change names.  Poof! And you are now someone else. I have been looking at … Continue reading

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Stan’s Campout

My parents built Vance’s Store in Snow Lake in 1950 with lumber supplied by Major’s sawmill. This story took place circa 1949 after the road was built between Snow Lake and Wekusko, the train station. STAN’S CAMPOUT By Linda C … Continue reading

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The Strength of the Cree

THE STRENGTH OF THE CREE by Linda C Butler I had a comment from Marvin Berg, a reader of the blog posts, about the men who carried sacks of flour on their backs for the Hudson Bay Company. These are … Continue reading

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The Night Run

The Night Run By Linda C Butler Told by Earl Fisher In the 1960s, when I was seventeen, I worked for Charlie Vance in Snow Lake MB.  Charlie had a store, and at that time he also had road-clearing contracts … Continue reading

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The Bootlegging Town

The Bootlegging Town by Linda C Butler Told by Charlie Vance I worked in Flin Flon as a teamster in the late 1920s/30s driving horses to bring in supplies for the building boom that was taking place.  At that time, … Continue reading

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