Category Archives: Vance Family

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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The Travelling Preacher

The Travelling Preacher by Linda C Butler Told by Charlie Vance In the 1930s I lived at Thicket Portage, a small community on the Hudson Bay Railway in Northern Manitoba.  At the center of town, facing the railway tracks, was … Continue reading

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Easter Greetings

We wish all our readers a Joyful Easter. Enjoy these quotations: Easter is not a time for groping through dusty, musty tomes or tombs to disprove spontaneous generation or even to prove life eternal.  It is a day to fan the … Continue reading

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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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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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