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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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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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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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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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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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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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Yes, Children, Math Does Matter

Our Grandma, Emily Turner, was a school teacher before she married Grandpa Allen Vance. She was a strict disciplinarian, too, from the memories my Mom F related to me. Mom talked of getting her ears ‘boxed’ by Grandma – using … Continue reading

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