Category Archives: History

Catnaps

A WISE CAT’S #1 RULE:  Find A Warm Place Years ago I used to bake my own bread, four loaves at a time.  I’d mix my dough in this large stainless steel bowl and set it to rise in a … Continue reading

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Who Was Donald Vance?

The Case of the Missing Brother Doesn’t that sound like the good title for a mystery story? And indeed, this may well prove to be an unsolvable mystery. Of course we must first have a death… The genealogist pored through … Continue reading

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David and Robert Vance

David Vance, son of Joseph and Sarah Vance and brother of our great grandfather, married Margaret Bullard on March 31, 1873. She was the daughter of John and Delia Bullard. According to the marriage registration she was about 23 and … Continue reading

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Joseph and Margaret Vance

On thing about the duplication of names in our family tree, they sometimes tell you a lot. For example, there was a John Vance and his wife listed in the 1861 Oxford County, ON, census and their oldest two children … Continue reading

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Somebody Has Been Sleeping in My Bed

Somebody Has Been Sleeping in My Bed By Linda C Butler Told by Charlie Vance I trapped in Northern Manitoba in the 1930s/40s and in addition to my main trapping cabin, I built a couple small trapping cabins along 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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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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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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