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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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Women and Work on a Prairie Homestead

In the mid 1800s in the large Eastern American cities, some young women were pushing for the right to higher education – and meeting stiff opposition.  Some educators claimed that a basic Grade 8 education was all girls could handle. … 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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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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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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Grainman’s Folly

Grainman’s Folly By Linda Butler Told by Steve Vance Dad used to have a threshing outfit, a big one‑cylinder affair with a wooden separator.  The grain was elevated into a bucket.  When that was full it would trip and the grain … Continue reading

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Gopher Tail Sales

Gopher Tail Sales By Linda C Butler Told by Charlie Vance I winter fished the winter of 1931 up the Hudson Bay Railway line at Mile 185.  We caught and cleaned fish, then froze and packed them for shipment to … Continue reading

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