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    Indian woman survives incredible winter walk

    February 28th, 2013

    The Battleford Saskatchewan Herald, December 16. 1878, tells the story of an incredible 10-day journey of a young Indian woman, caught in an early winter. Read the rest of this entry »

    The Light of the Great Lone Land

    February 24th, 2013

    It is “the light that is destined to dispel the gloom that has so long enveloped the Great Lone Land,” Patrick Gammie Laurie promised in the first issue of his Saskatchewan Herald, August 25, 1878. It was published at Battleford, a fur-trading post and police station chosen as the capital of the North West Territories because it lay on the planned route of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

    Laurie & Sask Herald

    The only newspaper between Fort Garry (now Winnipeg) and the West Coast in 1878 was published at Battleford, in present day Saskatchewan, in this log building with a sod roof.

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    Angel ushers fluster papa, wheedle coins, anger mamma

    February 18th, 2013

    Angelic young usher girls are adapt at wheedling extra money from papa when they pass the offering plate at church, much to the consternation of mamma, notes Kit Coleman in the Toronto Mail and Empire, January 22, 1898. Read the rest of this entry »

    From Yukon by bike, dog team, train and ship in quest of Stanley Cup

    February 16th, 2013


    The journey of the Dawson Nuggets from the Yukon to Ottawa was possibly the toughest road trip every made by a sports team. Perhaps that’s why they lost their bid for the Stanley Cup.

    From Dawson City, capital of the Yukon gold fields, 10 men of the Dawson Nuggets hockey team set off on December 19, 1904 on a 4,000-mile, 24-day journey by bicycle, dog sled, train and ship for Ottawa, in quest of the world hockey championship, the Stanley Cup. They are to pick up one more team member in Winnipeg.

    The epic has been promoted and financed by Jim Boyle, “King of the Klondike,” who climbed from barroom bouncer to become the Yukon’s leading gold miner.

    “The run of 365 miles over the ice and snow to Whitehorse will put the boys in splendid condition for the trying work of the big matches,” hailed the Dawson News as they departed. Read the rest of this entry »