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.

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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The Horses that Never Stopped Running

The Horses that Never Stopped Running By Linda C Butler told by Charlie Vance (1909-1989) My father, Allen Vance, received a letter from his brother Will, asking if we would visit as there were wild horses on open rangeland and … Continue reading

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Gold Bricks

GOLD BRICKS by Linda C Butler Told by Charlie Vance Snow Lake was a gold mining town in the 1950s, and one day I asked the foreman of the mill, Russ Stewart, if I could watch the gold bricks being … Continue reading

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Berry Picking

BERRY PICKING by Linda C Butler I have always enjoyed berry picking and sometimes it seems that the world is divided into those people who like to pick berries and those who can’t stand to do so. When I was … Continue reading

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My Missing Daughter

My Missing Daughter by Linda C Butler Told by Charlie Vance We opened a store in Herb Lake, an early mining town, when our daughter was a toddler.  We originally lived in the back of the store, but later rented … Continue reading

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