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Story Summaries

Folklore Magazine – Spring 2014


“Dancing to the Beat” by Jean F. Fahlman
“Time Was” by Shirley Lomheim


Featured Photograph:  “Ballet Girls at Hanley” by Al Warkentin.  Image captured in 1935.

“Letters from the Lovelorn” by Keith Foster
The 1886 issue of the Regina Leader newspaper contained a letter from a disconsolate maiden urging local bachelors to consider marriage. This enacted a flurry of responses from single men and their advice to her.

“Why I Love Saskatchewan – Part 2” by Beryl Forgay
Recovered from her episode of the mumps, Mrs. Forgay tells of her assignment to the Weyburn-Estevan health region to work in nutrition and her anticipation of her first ‘real Canadian winter’.

Peggy Helen Fry: Oral History Transcript Summary
British War Bride Mrs. Fry recounted how she met her Canadian soldier husband and her journey to Moose Jaw, experiencing culture shock along the way.

“Homesteading at Loon River” by John Hickie
Mr. Hickie’s father Mike, left the Killaly area in 1929 to scout homesteads in the Loon Lake district. He moved his family to this wilderness and established their new home.

“My Career as an Actress” by Shirley Lomheim
The spring of 1939 saw the debut of the author’s abrupt stage career at the Empress School in Moose Jaw.

“The Wolseley Business Men’s Club” by Slater Tubman
Men returning from war organized this club with hopes for wonderful domestic and economic futures for rural and town members alike.

“The Stonepile” by Jim George
A stonepile near Climax has prehistoric beginnings and mystery as to its purpose.

“Easter Break by Train” by Elsie Toupich
As a young girl in the 1940s, Ms Toupich travelled unescorted by rail from Grand Coulee to Dahinda to visit her parents.

“Running Water” by Doreen M. Bleich
As water is essential to existence, this story describes the methods used to obtain water and how it was to live without running water in the house or yard.

“In this Quiet Place – Part 1” by Gary Radison
From the village of Shubranets in Bukovyna, the Radysh family opted for a better life. This first part of the story details the decision to leave and the journey to Canada, landing in Yorkton before searching for a homestead.

“Water and Happiness in 1937” by William Wardill
Without precipitation and wells drying up in the Dirty Thirties, Mr. Wardill explains how the local water supply was controlled in town.

“Laying Linoleum” by Jean F. Fahlman
Linoleum initially was not as durable as it is today. Nor was it as easily installed! Mrs. Fahlman reminisces about laying this flooring could be a ‘marriage tester’.

“Caring for Those Who have Cared for Us” by Joe Martin
In the municipalities of Langenburg and Churchbridge, the Logberg Cemetery is a reminder of the Icelandic settlement in the area. Mr. Martin details some of the family experiences of these people.

Book Reviews:

The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupre: A Story

Wagons East

Story Summaries from previous Folklore issues:

Spring 2013     Summer 2013    Autumn 2013
Spring 2012     Summer 2012   Autumn 2012    Winter 2012-13
Spring 2011     Summer 2011    Autumn 2011     Winter 2011-12
Spring 2010    Summer 2010    Autumn 2010    Winter 2010-11
Spring 2009    Summer 2009   Autumn 2009    Winter 2009-10
Spring 2008    Summer 2008    Autumn 2008   Winter 2008-09
Spring 2007    Summer 2007    Autumn 2007    Winter 2007-08
Spring 2006    Summer 2006    Autumn 2006    Winter 2006-07
Spring 2005    Summer 2005    Autumn 2005    Winter 2005-06
Spring 2004    Summer 2004    Autumn 2004    Winter 2004-05
Spring 2003    Summer 2003    Autumn 2003    Winter 2003-04
Spring 2002    Summer 2002    Autumn 2002    Winter 2002-03

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