Category Archives: Allen Vance Sr

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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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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Building a Home

HOMESTEADING IN THE CANADIAN WEST: ‘Hit or Miss’ Choosing Like our great-grandpa and grandpa Vance, a number of Easterners came to friends or family out West and from there they looked around and chose the quarter section (160 acres) they wanted … Continue reading

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The Day Allen Vance Died

Mom remembered her dad’s concern. She remembers how he put his arm around her mom and told her, “Be careful, Emily.” A last minute encouragement because he was worried about how she would be able to manage the team she … Continue reading

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The Beaver Pelts

THE BEAVER PELTS By Linda C Butler Allen Vance, (1879-1921) my grandfather, arrived in the Northwest Territories (Saskatchewan) in the fall of 1899 with his father.  He was only twenty at the time and had to wait two months to file … Continue reading

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Growing Up Apart

An Off and On Family For the first several years of my life I probably went back and forth between the Vances and the Forsyths and was very close with my brother Jim. We ran around the farm yard together, … Continue reading

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Family Bible Records

The Vance Family Bible is one of those cumbersome old tomes meant as a showpiece on a mantle. Its dimensions are 11 x 13 x 4.5″ thick — not something you’d carry along to Church every Sunday. It was presented … Continue reading

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Allen Wilfred Vance

Allen Wilfred Vance – He was born January 9, 1919 in Spy Hill, Saskatchewan to Allen and Emily (Turner) Vance. Allen worked for the CNR in Pathlow SK where he met Louise, who he married in 1951.  They raised their … Continue reading

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The Prices Grandpa Paid

What a dollar would buy in 1900. This bill for various household goods comes from the records of Allen Vance’s brother Will. Pegs                            .10 Lamp burner            .12 … Continue reading

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Grandpa Meets His Match

Allen Vance and his father Sam arrived in the Northwest Territories in the fall in 1899 to check out the area. Sam’s brother was already homesteading near Neepawa, Manitoba; no doubt the prospect of 160 acres for $10 was appealing. … Continue reading

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