Folklore - Autumn 2013
Poetry: “Tail Gunner Over Dresden” by Keith Foster
“Memories at Eighty-Seven” by Marilyn Paul
“Whispering Wheat” by Jean F. Fahlman
“Mary Agnes” by Kay Parley
Kay shares the backgrounds of grandparents Mary Agnes Byres and Robert Parley and their emigration story. She focuses on her grandmother, Mary Agnes’s garden and lush farm yard at Moffat, her proper teas and her staunch Presbyterianism.
“I Remember Eli” by Carl A. Krause
Eli Mike lived on Beardy’s Reserve and was a frequent hire at the Krause farm. Mr. Mike was an excellent hockey player and served in our Armed Forces. Carl relished Eli’s comments as personal endorsement.
“Our Hired Man Hall of Fame” by Peggy (Hayes) Looby
The Hayes farm required extra help and Mrs. Looby remembers a few helpers. Herb Anderson was known for saving his wad of chewing tobacco; Jim Halliday enjoyed fresh buttermilk and Clayton Hoffus had a special gift for handling horses. During WWII, Mrs. Hayes acted as the ‘hired hand’ when there was a shortage of men.
“Many Hands Make Light Work” by Russell Dayman
Herb Dovell at Windthorst lost his original barn to fire. In one day and without modern power tools, family and neighbours erected a large wooden barn. Mr. Dayman was one of the helpers and he lists the names of most of the men busy that day and shares some photographs.
“Cultivating the Garden” by Jean F. Fahlman
With horse and plough, turning over the garden was never an easy task for Don and Jean Fahlman. In later years, the purchase of a garden cultivator still provided aggravation but now is a patio ornament.
“Washboard to Washing Machine” by Marjorie Avery
Ms Avery recounts how her childhood job was to bring snow to the house to be melted for wash water. Her mother used a washboard, several tubs of water, sorted the clothes, boiled some with lye, added blueing to the whites and then all went through the wringer. Some clothes still needed a starch mixture before hanging on a clothesline and stove heated flat irons to press them. Ms Avery also shares her grandmother’s recipe for homemade soap and its usefulness for other tasks than laundry.
“Pioneering Speech Therapy” by Lois (Borland) Lee
Encouraged by Regina’s famous dramatic instructor Jean Brown, Mrs. Lee studied speech therapy as a young teacher and later was called upon to establish a speech therapy program in Regina’s public schools. Mrs. Lee tells of a few students that benefitted from her expertise in those early days.
“A Life of Sacrifice and Leadership: The Story of George Irving Paterson” by Eric Story
The Great War drew many young men into service and Mr. Story showcases Captain Paterson. The Paterson family made significant contributions to the area of Qu’Appelle and the young George replicated this initiative and leadership during his two years of military service. His life ended when his plane was shot down near Amiens, France.
“Using It” by Ruth Jeeves
Unlike today with all our electronics, a crystal radio was it for household technology in the Jeeves family. Mrs. Jeeves like other children of that time, played outdoor games and sports. She shares winter and summer games common for that time.
“The House that Jack Built” Patricia Hymers
Ms Hymers describes the homestead her father built near Claydon and the journey the family took to homestead in Saskatchewan.
“Celebrating 140 Years of Canada’s Federal Police Force” by Therese Lefebvre Prince
Just after the Dominion of Canada founded the North West Mounted Police, the Cypress Hill Massacre proved the police force as necessary. Historian Lefebvre Prince succinctly outlines the force’s140 year existence.
“Canora: No Prairie Town is the Same” by Lois Gibson
Climax is the location of a converted blacksmith shop, now a pioneer cabin. Mr. Mything explains how this transition occurred and its impact on local tourism.
“Summer Harvest and the Colt” by Ewaldt Arndt
Mr. Arndt recalls stooking with his brothers and harvesting with horses, including their favorite colt.
Book Review: My Battle of the Atlantic by Donald A. Bowman
Story Summaries from previous Folklore issues:
Spring 2013 Summer 2013
Spring 2012 Summer 2012 Autumn 2012 Winter 2012-13
Spring 2011 Summer 2011 Autum 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