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Story Summaries

Folklore contents – Spring 2015

Editorial Comments:
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.”

Poetry: 
“Saskatchewan Soil” by Ted Haas
“Lookout Point, Cypress Hills” by Marilyn Paul
“The Rocker” by Andrea Lawrence

Prose:

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.

Book Review:
Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest by Keith Foster

 

Story Summaries from previous Folklore issues:

Spring 2014    Summer 2014    Autumn 2014   Winter 2014-15 
Spring 2013    Summer 2013    Autumn 2013   Winter 2013-14
Spring 2012    Summer 2012    Autumn2012    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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