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 of traveling the coast of Africa in a windjammer, with a pet monkey and trading along the way.
Maurice would pause in his storytelling to give me a glass of a sweet lemon lime drink which he kept cold in a dugout under the floor of his cabin. On a hot day, the drink was very good and I enjoyed listening to his yarns and sipping the cold beverage.
Note: Mr & Mrs Roy Leslie shared an island with Pete and Julia Durant. For many years after Leslies had moved to Winnipeg, Roy came back every summer to plant his garden.
I spoke to Gus Olson March 14 and he said that he knew Maurice Gustafson well and that he had a trapline further north. He had a brother Gus and a sister Ann in The Pas. He said that Maurice died in 1941. He became ill while getting supplies at Bartlett’s Store and went out to the hospital at The Pas, then later died of cancer.