Category Archives: Vance Family

A Cup of Tea, Heavenly Comfort

A Cup of Tea, Heavenly Comfort By Phena Catherine Taylor When you’re weary and you’re fagged, And life scarcely seems worthwhile, When you have become discouraged, You hardly dare to smile. When things are set against you, And you’re blue … Continue reading

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Eaton’s Catalog

The introduction of catalog shopping allowed isolated farmers to make purchases without travelling to town, but some prairie stores did not welcome the competition. Barry Broadfoot in “The Pioneer Years 1895-1914” tells of his father’s situation when the catalog was … Continue reading

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NIGHT ON THE WATER

NIGHT ON THE WATER By Linda C Butler Told by Doris Jacobson (Bryenton) My dad, Ralph Bryenton, operated a boat service on Wekusko Lake, Manitoba, ferrying passengers from the village of Herb Lake to Hale’s Landing, the stopping-off place on the … Continue reading

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Herb Lake Foragers

Herb Lake Foragers By Linda Butler Euell Gbbons (1911-1975) a writer who encouraged his readers to harvest wild edible plants, said that foraging is harvesting where you did not sow. My first experience with foragers was when I was a … Continue reading

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Against His Inclination

Dad tried his best when I was young to fix it in my mind that “as the tiny twig is bent, so is the tree inclined” And when he’d lay me ‘cross his knee on punishment intent, I used to … Continue reading

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Generational Wisdom

“I don’t know who my grandfather was. I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” —Abraham Lincoln “Parental advice is passed from generation to generation— each hope the next will heed it.” —Frank Clark

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Circus Memories

by Edgar Guest Oh, never comes the circus with its wonders into town but I recall a little boy who longed to be a clown, and high above the heads of all an acrobat I see that little lad of … Continue reading

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Beware the Dark Furry Beast!

Hello Everyone! It’s been a long time since we cousins have posted anything on this blog, so I’m wondering how many Followers we still have. But for those of you who are, and for readers who have just clicked on, … Continue reading

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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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