Monthly Archives: March 2014

Ballard’s Island

Ballard’s Island by:  L. M. Ballard God shaped a little island, The fairest he could make, He covered it with Starbloom, And set it in Herb Lake.  He blessed this little island, And counted every tree, He bade it smile … Continue reading

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Kathleen Rice, Prospector

Kathleen Rice, Prospector by Linda C Butler Kathleen Rice was recently inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame for her early prospecting work and her discovery of the first nickel deposits in Manitoba.  There are a few people living … Continue reading

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Stan’s Campout

My parents built Vance’s Store in Snow Lake in 1950 with lumber supplied by Major’s sawmill. This story took place circa 1949 after the road was built between Snow Lake and Wekusko, the train station. STAN’S CAMPOUT By Linda C … Continue reading

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Ethel Corman

Ethel Corman by Hazel Corman 1993 Ethel Corman was born in London England in 1896.  She came to Canada as a young woman and never went back to England.  Her cousins were actresses in the theatre.  Ethel must have been … Continue reading

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Slim Roach

Slim Roach By Linda C Butler Slim Roach lived on an island in front of the town of Herb Lake in an earthen dugout.  It was said that he was as dirty when he came out of his hole as … Continue reading

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Storytelling with Maurice

Storytelling with Maurice by Linda C Butler Told by the late Norman Leslie Herb Lake had many odd characters.  One of them was Maurice Gustafson who had a little cabin on the island where we lived.  He told me stories … Continue reading

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Mutual Respect

MUTUAL RESPECT By Linda C Butler Told by the late Jim Barton I was picking blueberries on a ridge one time when I noticed a bear on the other side of the patch.  The bear had also seen me, and … Continue reading

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