Tag Archives: Manitoba

My Adventurous Shopping Trip

This is a story told by Georgette Major who had the sawmill with her husband Stan at Wekusko Falls and supplied much of the lumber that was used in the construction of buildings at Snow Lake, including Vance’s Store, that my … 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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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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Gold Bricks

GOLD BRICKS by Linda C Butler Told by Charlie Vance Snow Lake was a gold mining town in the 1950s, and one day I asked the foreman of the mill, Russ Stewart, if I could watch the gold bricks being … Continue reading

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The Snatch Team

THE SNATCH TEAM BY Linda C Butler Told by Charlie Vance I worked in the winter of 1928 hauling freight with horses to the Sherritt Gordon mine near Flin Flon.  We hauled in a freight swing, which consisted of a … Continue reading

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The Whiskey Jacks

The Whiskey Jacks by Linda C Butler Told by Charlie Vance Trapping was a lonely occupation and I often looked to the whiskey jacks (gray jays) for company.  Their chattering eased some of the boredom as I walked for miles … 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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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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Christmas Deliveries

  Christmas Deliveries by Linda C Butler My parents had a store in Snow Lake MB in the 1950s, before there was a road to the outside.  Few people owned cars and people walked where they needed to go. Customers … Continue reading

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First Cows

FIRST COWS By Linda C Butler I live in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, an area known for its dairy industry and I see cows and pay no attention to them.  However, it was different when I was a young … Continue reading

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