Folklore contents – Spring 2015
Folklore Editor Jessica DeWitt points out that uncomfortable subjects like disaster, hardship, fear and death make as much of an impression on the lives of individuals as the happy and good times. She comments that “[t]he highs and lows are often what stick out in our memories and make history jump from the page.”
“Saskatchewan Soil” by Ted Haas
“Lookout Point, Cypress Hills” by Marilyn Paul
“The Rocker” by Andrea Lawrence
Featured Photograph: Big Bear, Medicine Man by Bill Temple
This featured photograph was a find in a box at a local antique store.
“Kamsack Cyclone” by Garry Radison
August 9, 1944 was the date of a F4 tornado that hit the town of Kamsack. The physical and emotional impact of this tragedy still marks the community and its citizens today.
“Death from Above” by Catherine Fenwick
Growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Catherine recalls her experience of the Cold War, nuclear bomb tensions and the Cuban Missile Crisis and how she dealt with the stress as a youngster.
“Today is the Day We Live: A Profile of Willa Dallard, a Black Pioneer Settler in Saskatchewan” by Ebele Mogo
Black settlers came to Canada to have a chance at freedom and to be judged on their merit, not their skin colour. Coming to Canada did not solve the problem of racism nor segregation. Willa Dallard and her family persevered in the Prelate district, living each day for itself.
“Why I Love Saskatchewan – Part 6: Staying over – Hotels” by Beryl Forgay
Beryl shares some of her experiences as a single woman staying in small town hotels while travelling for work in the early 1950s. This story includes encounters with travelling salesmen, men only beer parlours, being the ‘entertainment’ at fowl suppers, small town restaurants and making friends.
“The Northern Fringe: History in a Hurry” by Terry Chamberlain
The Bedard and Diamond Lake districts were settled in the late 1920s and early 1930s due to drought conditions in Saskatchewan. Terry’s family left many comforts to start from ‘scratch’ like pioneers in the 19th century. In a relatively short time, Terry recalls farming the family homestead with a four wheel tractor where his father had walked behind a team of horses pulling a harrow.
“A Combination of Sorts” by Carl Krause
Little boys, a slough, tricky underwear and a Ladies Aid meeting combine in Carl’s funny boyhood memory.
“Raising Chickens in the 1930s and 1940s” by Peggy Durant
Peggy recognizes how important raising chickens was to the well being of her family, who farmed near Prince. She also recalls the importance of the icebox and the luxury of a roast chicken dinner.
Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest by Keith Foster
Story Summaries from previous Folklore issues:
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