Thursday, 13 April 2017

A picture and a story--Magloire and Mary Rose--Circa 1950--La Loche

From Société historique de Saint-Boniface archives.comes this photo captioned simply "newlyweds'. A mistaken description quickly discovered by facebook readers when it was published there. This is a brother and sister in front of the rectory in La Loche-- Magloire Montgrand and Mary Jane Jolibois --They were identified by Manny Sylvestre as "Magloire Montgrand and Mary Jane Jolibois,  they are not newlyweds, they are brother and sister".  They are my "great grandpa and auntie"
 Magloire Montgrand is now 90 years old and is living in Descharme Lake north of La Loche with his son's family.

His sister Mary Jane Jolibois (wife of Alex Jolibois) was killed by the whirling propeller blade of an aircraft in 1965 at Descharme Lake when she was 39 years old. The aircraft was owned by Grover Clarke, of Meadow Lake, Sask. The old town of Descharme had a fish filleting plant and a store. It had an airstrip and a hanger. These were run and owned by C. & M. Airways of La Loche. G.M. Clarke and John H. Midgett of Meadow Lake were the owners with Leon Belanger of Ile a la Crosse as another partner.  The Dene High School cultural camp is now located nearby.  A memorial cross is located on the spot of the accident.---News story: "Woman Killed By Airplane Propeller"---

A gift of stars from the children of New York City

 The children of New York City have sent us stars. Each star is painted on one side and a message is written on the opposite side. Made by school children of New York City for the children of La Loche to place around town at a place of their choosing. Photos by Raymond Dauvin

The star marked "Hope" has a message from; "Dunya...Love". The other has the message "Hope you can re-build what was damaged...Emilie." ----(Thank you Emilie)--

This one says; "Helo my name is Sasha. I'm from New York and I'm thinking of you!".--(Thank you Sasha)--

Sasha sent us this star with "Love". The message on the other side says; "Helo my name is Sasha. I'm from New York and I'm thinking of you!"


The message on this star says; "Marilyn in New York City. Wishing you a bright and warm future."


"Stars of Hope have been delivered to our community from New York. They are meant to be a symbol as a daily reminder that children in New York City care about the people of our community and that we are all in this together. They will be placed on fences, trees, and other public places to give our community a sense of HOPE each and every day. Students from Dene High and Ducharme Elementary will be placing them throughout our community this week. Please respect these wonderful gifts and leave them where they are placed ' .Link to La Loche Community School

Buffalo Narrows ferry--The drownings in 1965

Buffalo Narrows ferry--The drownings in February 1965--"Albert John Savidan, 38, and his wife Muriel, 33, of Hoey, Sask., drowned Wednesday night at Buffalo Narrows, Sask, "...."Mr. Savidan and his wife were passengers in a car driven by his brother, Paul Savidan, 32. The driver and his sister, Sister Lawrence of La Loche. Sask., were rescued by the operators of the Buffalo Narrows ferry.' (They were heading north to La Loche at night and may have missed the signs for the ferry crossing or their brakes failed. They drove into the water.)   photo link

Close-up of the ferry and the south-side where the vehicle entered the water.Saskatoon Star-Phoenix - Feb 26, 1965--news article

This bridge, completed in 1981, crosses the Kisis Channel at Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan. The photo was taken on the north end of the old ferry site in 2016, (photo by Raymond Dauvin).

Monday, 6 February 2017

Buffalo Narrows axe murders 1969

"On the night of January 30, 1969, 19-year-old Frederick McCallum intruded into the home of the Pederson family, slaying seven people with an axe in the remote Saskatchewan town of Buffalo Narrows. He murdered Mr. and Mrs. Pederson and four of their children, along with a family friend. The only survivor was their 7-year-old son, who was in critical condition after the attack. A psychiatric evaluation revealed he showed signs of schizophrenia, and he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. In January 1970, he was moved from a mental institution to Saskatchewan Federal Penitentiary when a psychiatrist ruled he was no longer mentally ill and didn’t require treatment. 
McCallum contacted several people after the murders, and once he was apprehended, police found him at his home enjoying a cup of tea. When the officer told him he was under arrest for murder, he replied: 


 View of Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan in 1955 (St. Leo the Great R.C. Church and rectory Jeffrey Morin in canoe).

Forty-eight years ago on January 30,1969 seven people were murdered during the night in Buffalo Narrows. The older generation remembers. They don't talk about it very often. It was a shared community trauma much like La Loche has experienced and is experiencing since January 22, 2017. The Phoenix newspaper wrote the following article on the tragic event. .Seven murder counts laid in northern axe deaths