Tag Archives: Canada

A Walk on the Dark Side

When Hugh McKervill was in training to become a minister in the United Church of Canada, he was sent in the summer of 1955 as a student minister to the people of the Smoky Burn-Battle Heights-Papikwan area (at the edge … 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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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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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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Great-Grampa’s Brother James Vance

When Great-Grandpa was killed in a hunting accident, the newspaper article mentioned that he was visiting his brother out West at the time. This would have been James, who lived near Neepawa, Manitoba. Two generations later our Uncle Steve met … 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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The Injustice of Birth Order

When Children Divide the Nickels Back in 1899 a thirteen-year-old Ontario girl named Christina kept a diary for that year of her life.  One of her entries tells of a day her father had taken her and her sister Annie, … Continue reading

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The Box Social

In the latter 1800s and early 1900s many young single men came to the Canadian West to make new lives for themselves and were now proving up homesteads in the prairie provinces. A lot of them endured isolated, frigid prairie … 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 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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