Category Archives: History

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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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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Harry’s Hotel Etiquette

Hotel Fort Macleod CODE OF RULES 1. Guests will be provided with breakfast and supper, but must rustle their own dinner. 2. Boots and spurs must be removed at night before retiring. 3. Dogs are not allowed in the bunks, … 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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Clearing the Land

My Uncle Fred (Dad F) sold his farm back about 1958. This was the original home place, the farm he’d inherited from his father, Thomas Forsyth. The impression I gleaned over the years was that Dad’s health was bad after … Continue reading

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Women and Work on a Prairie Homestead

In the mid 1800s in the large Eastern American cities, some young women were pushing for the right to higher education – and meeting stiff opposition.  Some educators claimed that a basic Grade 8 education was all girls could handle. … Continue reading

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Two Things I Won’t Tell You About Canada

Sam’s father was killed in India so he spent his boyhood with his uncle on a farm in Galloway. (This is an area in southern Scotland where our great-great-great grandfather David Vance was born.) As a young man Sam attended … Continue reading

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Hoppers in the Millions!

GRASSHOPPER CRUNCH We have a lot of grasshoppers on our present property, though the overall numbers have been down in the past six years, with our Junes being on the cool and wet side. We’re finding in our yard that … 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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A Heater? Whatever For?

“A Stove Now? Can Ye No Take A Bit o’ Cold?” This story comes from the days when stoves were being installed to heat the churches in Scotland.  Of course this bit of creature-comfort or “catering to the flesh” met … Continue reading

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