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Story Summaries

Autumn 2014 Folklore


“Autumn’s End” by Keith Foster
“Hayloft Memories” by Margaret Anderson
“Perogies” by Marilyn Paul
“Irrigation” by Margaret Anderson
“Browsing in an Antique Shop” by Elsie Toupich
“Nighttime in the Pipestone” by Marilyn Paul


Featured Photograph:  “It’s a Boy!” by Alan A. Warkentin   Image captured in 1928.

“Cream Cans” by Yvonne Peterson
The weekly cream cheque was a farm house staple for many families. Ms Peterson shares her family’s experience, how creameries operated and some of Saskatchewan’s butter export records.

“Bing Bang Pass” by Peggy Hayes Looby
When the village of Bjorkdale started to snow plow its roads, one citizen decided to remedy the steep snow banks left by the plows.

“The Upper Room” by Victor Carl Friesen
Mr. Friesen recounts how the visage from various upstairs windows encouraged his hopeful outlook and eventual successes.

“I Played it Smart” by Ruth Jeeves
An image of the first steam engine beckoned to the author during her first time at a household auction.

“A Letter Edged in Black” by Judy Revoy
The significance of a black edged letter is explained by Ms Revoy in her grandparent’s travel between Saskatchewan and Ontario.

“Music Festival Entry” by Lois Borland Lee
Canada’s Governor-General Earl Grey, established a national music festival. Ms Lee shares her competition experience in two such festivals in Saskatchewan.

“Water” by June Cote
Water derived from a well or hauled in barrels was a necessity, especially in the 1930s.

“A Very Good Neighbour” by Carl Krause
Harold Krause shares a family story about the importance of farm horses and good neighbours.

“Making Hay While the Sun Shines” by Jean Fahlman
Compared to modern practices, harvesting slough hay with horses and a pitchfork was hazardous and “man killer” labour.

“Why I Love Saskatchewan – Part 4” by Beryl Forgay
Rural agricultural fairs will always be connected with a heat wave and dust in Ms Forgay’s mind. In this installment of her memoirs, she tells of doing travelling demonstrations on preparing vegetables for freezing instead of home canning.

“The Party Line” by Doreen M. Bleich
Sharing a party telephone line had particular etiquette which usually wasn’t followed by all people using the line. Ms Bleich details these courtesies and how a party line worked.

Book Reviews:

Metis Soldiers of Saskatchewan: 1914-1953 by Cathy Littlejohn
One Family’s War: the Wartime Letters of Clarence Bourassa, 1940-1944 edited by Rollie Bourassa

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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