I was born in Flin Flon in 1955,
the youngest of the 6 children on Victor and Joyce Cox. We
attended the church where Archdeacon R. B. Horsefield was
the Anglican priest. My father got his calling there and
was eventually ordained as an Anglican Priest. We never
lost touch with Archdeacon Horsefield, in fact I grew up
calling him “Uncle Ray”. I spend many happy summer
vacations with he and his wife in their B.C. homes. He is
long gone. My father died last month and going through his
possessions I found letters from Uncle Ray. Just out of
curiosity I googled “R.B. Horsefield, and your site came
up. It is quite delightful. I was happy to read the Journey
to Island Falls by Archdeacon Horsefield. He died before we
knew about the internet, but I fancy he would have found it
interesting. Jennifer Page, Edmonton (formerly Jennifer
I am going to be a history teacher soon
and my uncle recommended this sight. Best sight we have both ever
Nat Hrynuik, P. Eng.
I was very involved in the re-building of the
dams from 1988 to 1998.
I came to have a real love for the place
and it will always be a large part of my career as a civil
I have visited the Saskatchewan Archives in Saskatoon
to get a lot of information about the original construction including
photos and the journals of the resident engineer. Construction then
was very different from how it is now. It would be impossible now to
construct something like this development in anything like the time
it was done then.
Someone who should also be remembered here is
the man who was the construction manager at island Falls during much
of the work we did in the 80's and 90's. Keith Dickens absolutely
loved living and working there. He died there, at the place he
name is Trevor Brown, grandson of Sid and Dot Brown, son of Gordon.
Awesome sight and actually had the privlage to visit the area a
couple of times in my younger years. I bet it was a great place to be
and only wish I could experiance the era the way it was. I went to
Creighton School a couple of years behind Wade Bryson and he is doing
a HECK of a job up there. Keep it up Wade. Down and Out till next
I was born in
Flin Flon, moving to Creighton at age 8. I 'think' I remember that
Island Falls was only accessible by road in the winter, & that in
summer a person had to fly in. Is that correct? I may be confused,
but I 'think' that my friend's father took us up there one day on a
Bombardier in the winter time. I wish I could remember the details. I
have not been back to Flin Flon in 30+ years, but am going there in
mid-Sept. Sure am looking forward to seeing the old homesteads.
Vivian Shipper (nee Neville), youngest daughter of Norman 'Pete'
Neville & Frances Neville
My name is John Hewitt, son of Irene Hewitt, who as
Irene Van de Sompel was a teacher in Island Falls in 1942 and 1943. I
let her know of some of the items on your excellent website. She
recognized many names, and had her own stories immediately coming to
mind of her time in Island Falls. Great work on the information on
your site, Dave. I am now trying to obtain a copy of the history book
listed on your site. My father, Art (George) Hewitt knew Bob
Rutherford well. Perhaps this is your father? My Mom and Dad live in
Camrose, Alberta, and I live outside Perth, Ontario. My brothers,
sister and I all grew up in Flin Flon, and many of the names on your
site are familiar to me. The Hatties lived next door to us at 111
Bellevue, Flin Flon. Again, great work. And all the best.
Geoff King Jr.
I've just been reading many of the articles about Island Falls, and
I've been finding it very exciting! My Uncle, Philip King was there
in 1936, and I've just read his article. He was a 19 year old summer
student. These guys were the pioneers of the north! What a heritage
they leave for us! Thanks for the web page. Now, my 21 year old son
is working up there at Kississing Lake and I just sent him an email
about his pioneer Great Uncle!! Its a small world!! Thanks for a
Although I don't
remember too much about living in Island Falls the pictures are
proof. We are having a bit of a family reunion in Flin Flon next
month to celebrate my dad's (Kjell) 80th birthday. Will revisit this
site with him. (email@example.com)
Greetings from Bob Bowman, I'm visiting
with my daughter, my son in law and first grandson (Ethan,) Tom and
his new wife Jenn are also here. We have spent some time time vesting
the Island Falls website and have had some great memories renewed.
Happy Holidays to all the visitors to the site . Thanks to the
currator of this historical document. If you wish to connect via
e-mail to Bob, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
I lived in Island Falls in the 46 - 48
The ex police chief of Calgary, Ernie Reimer and I met for
lunch, and we had a grand conversation about Island Falls. He used to
spend summers at Island Falls
- The store on the hill. The
store keeper was in a wheel chair and I remember his first name was
Alex. My birth mother Pauline Nichols (Seymore) helped him run the
store. We lived in the back part separate from where Alex stayed in
the front part of the store. When trying to get past Alex (Alexander)
who was in a wheelchair sitting by the long heater I ended up burning
my left arm. I had to go over to Sandy Bay to have it dressed. He
gave me a dress with balloons all over it. I had the use of a
beautiful wooden wagon that was in the store. The store front had
double doors with a horse shoes counter top around the stocked
shelves. The floor was wooden. There was also a side door that Alex
could get out with his wheelchair.
- A horse was once
brought into the store in late fall. I remember that all winter long
the ice from under the horse shoe was frozen to the floor for the
- The float planes bringing in supplies and new
- My memories are of the hospital starting to be
built. My aunt, Betty Prudent, was a cook for the hospital.
The grey storage shed down by the lake where the caribou meat was
- Traveling by canoe to the islands to collect
duck eggs for part of our food.
- Visiting our Indian
neighbours who showed me how to make a swinging hammock for over the
bed. The love of wearing moccasins.
- Sandy, who showed me
the mean side of a sling-shot, and the bottom of a rain barrel. We
were best of friends.
- My first communion in the church.
I still have a photo taken at that time.
- My one day of
school. One day as I was too young to be in school, but what finished
me off was the teacher ate my packed lunch.
- In order to
get to Island Falls we had to go from Lac La Ronge by horse sleigh in
the dead of winter. It was so cold that clapping hands and running
along side the sleigh was necessary to keep warm. Then to get
back to many portages.
Just a few memories.
If you could update me as to what
happened to the priest (at that time) Father Tim***. Rumor was that he went over
the dam. I could not see that happening but I often wonder if it was
true. Thanks for the memories.
Laura Bowman nee( Heather)
What a lovely site! I was so happy to
read all the comments. I was born there, along with my 3 brothers. My
dad and mom worked there, Charles Heather and Phyllis Heather.Dad was
a guard there.Mom was a school teacher. My brothers are Fulton, David
and Jim. I was born in 1949 and we moved from Island Falls in 1950 to
Guelph Ontario, A lot of the names are familiar to me, as they or you
were friends of mom and dad. Dad passed away in 1979 and mom in 1985.
My brother Dave and I went back to visit Island Falls about 5 years
ago. Precious memories.
I came upon this site by accident and
its amazing how much history there is on the community of Sandy Bay.
I am originally from Sandy Bay so I am learning as I go through all
the pics. I even got to see pics of my great great grandparents it
was amazing how young they looked. Keep up the good work on this site
and keep adding more pictures.
Alyson Prince (Akert)
Great Site; my father worked in
Island Falls in the early 70's or so.(Norman Akert)
Hi everyone! I was doing a search on
Reindeer Lake (I grew up in Southend) and I stumbled on this site.
What a treat! My uncle Fred Ulriksen took over the Whitesand Dam in
the mid to late Sixties and I remember many stories about so-and-so
from Island Falls or Sandy Bay... it's nice to see a photo or two to
connect the tales. Also, I really enjoy reading information about the
life in the north and history. I know many people from the Peter
Ballentyne Cree Nation and it's nice to see some history.
Congratulations on a wonderful website!
Sonia Deep (nee Demeyriez)
Great site. My father Richard (Dick) Demeyriez
worked for Churchill River Power around 1930 (operator in the Power
Plant). He left for Switzerland in 1932 and returned same year with
my mother Gabrielle. He also ran mail with dogs from Island Falls.
Anyone know him?
[Note: See our article mentioning Demeyriez]
Diane Chlo Evans Jensen
My grandfather is Rees W. Davis. I love
what you are doing with this web site. Thank you!
hi! Dave I was just showing the
website to some viewers here , so I thought I would sent you
greetings from Sandy Bay and all really enjoyed the site. Flora
Barb and I continue to enjoy your
great website. Just came back from visiting my mother in Calgary, she
will be 95 in April and has agreed to quit driving her car. Last
summer we walked the old paths at the Falls. The memories sure do
come back. The log house in which I was born and in which you, later,
lived is still mostly standing. We hope to go back up again next
summer, we've missed only one since 1969. Maybe we will see you again
this time. We heard that the three cabins on the beach were broken
into after we left at the end of August. Too bad this sort of thing
has to happen. A sign of the times, I guess.
love to see more pictures
My brother,Eric King, was a power house operator at I
F in about 1932 to 1939
C. A. Prewett
Just got started on the site, and it is
enjoyable reading, especially because this type of work will be gone
some day, and we will never know what people went through to achieve
a goal. Good reading.
Comox , B.C V9M 4E3
Hi Dave - I just took a
browse of your website and found it very intriguing, especially your
Christmas story. It sounds like a dreamlike place to have grown
Kathleen M Rowlette
Very Nice web site Thank you
for the visit
Enjoyed the website immensely, like
going back in time as a child visiting the Ferg family and sharing
their memories of their life at Island Falls. Had the chance to visit
it in 1970's.
A former Flin Floner- 1970-1978, a
member of the airborne geophysical crew with HBED. My body left Flin
Flon, but I heart still remains there, I have returned often. With
thanks to you wonderful people, my beloved "Flin Flonners"
well i know alot of people there
but i really wanna see them like byron morin and alxe morin they are
good friends of mine and i think it would be nice to have some pic of
kids around sandy bay haveing fun and playing games and stuff like
that ok well get back soon thankx alot
Nice website!! Been familiar with
the area for years but am really interested in the history of the
place. My Mushoom and great grand fater were both workers at island
falls. For interest sake, those who have relatives who used to work
there can get photocopies of their work record at the main office at
HBM&S in Flin Flon. My great grandfather was a mail delivery
person for them and he ran his route by dog sled. Very neat!!
I love this sight!
Hello! Fell apon your little site
completly by accident and low and behold there were pictures of my
family. I am eldest daughter of Gary Cluff. Nice to put some visuals
to the old stories. Wonderful site!!
Kristine Ogrodnick (Loucks)
Hi! I was born while my parents Dave
and Alice Loucks lived in Island Falls. I stumbled across your
website completely by accident and my dad is itching to look through
it. Anyone who would like to contact my dad (unfortunately we lost
mom to cancer May 2003) can do so at my e-mail address. Was fun to
show my kids where it all started for me. Our family moved to Snow
Lake from Island Falls and then on to Pine Falls, MB in 1971 where my
dad still has his home.
i love your pics and where is byron
morin i really wanna see what he looks like k well send me a pic of
him plz and thank you
Hi. This is wonderful site. Just
took a look at a few items and am enchanted with the story of this
community. I was born (1940) and raised in Flin Flon. My Uncle
Vincent Murphy was was of the Linn tractor drivers and went on to be
a "Dinky" (electric locomotive) engineer for HBM&S
during the open pit development. He as also a Grand Master of the
Flin Flon Knights of Columbus. He passed away in the early 1930's. I
had the opportunity to visit Sandy Bay recently and took an informal
tour of the power site as well as a wandering over the sidewalks and
foundations of the townsite. To be sure, there is a strong spirit
that still exists at this place. I recall CFAR used to broadcast a
half hour of piano music in the early '50's with Sid Foden of Island
Falls as the pianist. I think Sid taped the music at home and sent
the recordings down to CFAR. Thanks for all your work in getting this
site together. All the best. Vince.
Nancy Spencer Johnson
Growing up in Island falls was a unique
experience. Thank you to everyone who created the website. It brings
back lots of memories.
Dave!! I was pleased to find your web
site on Island Falls and to read of its history and people. But as
you know, Luther College in Regina was a High School for several of
you. I do remember you, Ann and Dick Southworth, Ed Hagberg (but who
could forget him,) and Dale Russel. Even at that time, almost 50
years ago, I was taught a lot about Island Falls! See you at our next
Allumi reunion? George MacLean Ottawa
king of obsolete
thanks dave for hosting my CAT TRAIN
NEWSLETTERS for a year, now i have my own web site and there is a
link to your islandfalls site. so for all those yu like the CAT TRAIN
stories come and join us. also i visited islandfalls in april with
the woods family and what a place to see. really enjoyed myself.
thanks www.kingofobsolete.ca joey barnes and xena
Myself and 3 other employees of General
Electric worked on the rewind of a generator in 1967. Finding this
site has brought back a lot of memories. The mountie at the time was
Bill Stevens. The controller of flights was Don Dempsey. I still have
a pair of Mukluks that was made by a resident of Sandy Bay. The
articles on this site are vey informative and interesting.
Bonnie Lee Warren (Charlette)
I did a search for the fun of it and
to my surprise I found a picture of my biological mother, Virginia
Marie Charlette. It was like looking in a mirror...she was so young
I LEARNED HOW TO FISH, DRIVE A BOAT, WATERSKI UP
RIVER,AND DRIVE MY UNCLES CAR. MY AUNT AND UNCLE ARE ALICE &
ERNIE WESTBURY. I VISITED MANY TIMES AS A YOUNG BOY, EVEN HELD THE
CONTROLS OF A TWIN OTTER ONCE. SPENT LOTS OF TIME WITH MY COUSINS
GARY AND BARBARA, AND WAS ALWAYS FIRST IN LINE FOR AUNT ALICE'S FRESH
BREAD. TOO MUCH MORE TO TELL!!!
Hi Dave-What a great website, it sure brought back a
lot of wonderful memories. My son Gordon who lives in California
found your website and put me on to it. I first went to Island Falls
in 1935 to 1938 and then back again for 1 year in 1947. My dad Wilf
was a steel rigger and worked there during the construction years.
The pictures sure bring back great memories and I am amazed at how
many people I can remember without looking at the captions.By the way
I am the one standing by Lowell Christensen in the sixth picture of
school groups. I am sure Peter Spencer will be glad to have this
cleared up I am planning to visit Island Falls this summer. Also
hopeing the church is still standing in Sandy Bay. We used to go to
mass there by freighter canoe. I have some great pictures of those
occassions. I would also like to hear from anyone who still remembers
me. Give me your phone number as typing this story has taken me about
an hour and my one finger is getting very sore.
good to talk to you last weekend dave! It got me
thinking about the north country again and the fun growing up in
it.Does any one have a e-mail adress for Jim or Ray Woods? I have
fond memories of times spent with Jim and for some reason Maxine's
macaroni and cheese sticks in my mind as well. I was also remembering
my dad and Rees Davis sitting for hours playing cribbage.As I
remember half the fun for the two of them was the creative accounting
both used in scoring and catching the other one doing it.! Must have
something to do with getting old because I seem to remember the
stupidist things and forget the important!
Dave, Excellent Website! I was surfing
the net, looking for information on my family history. What a
surprise to land here. My father (Maurice Comeau) lived in Island
Falls in his younger years. I now know a lot more about Island Falls
and its history. By the way, in the second picture under “Groups of
Boys”, my Dad (Maurice Comeau) is the question mark standing on the
staircase (with what looks to be a pistol). I hope to visit Island
Falls some day.
Don & Viola Dixon
Many thanks to all our friends in
Sandy Bay who made a visit into something special and were always
there to chat into the wee hours as we sipped mint tea and played
This is to inform those who may be interested
that long time employee of the Hydro Plant and wrote articles for
Northern Lights Paper, Bill Southworth of Gimli, Manitoba passed away
at the age of 96. His wife of some 67 years still resides at the
Betel Home in Gimli. For further information you may require, contact
his daughter Ann Frederickson in Gimli at email@example.com or his son
Dick Southworth in Edmonton.
Excellent history photos of my family!!! Thank you
Great website. I worked for CRP from
1971 - 1980.
RCMP stationed at Island Falls/Sandy
Bay 1963 to 1964.
Enjoyed discovering your web-site. Brings back many
memories of my days at Island Falls.
Nice to see your web site. My Uncle
John Hattie worked on the electrical end while my father, Einar
Einarson, worked on some part of the construction. My father met and
married my mother, Katherine Hattie, at Island Falls Roy
I would like to thank everybody
that helped put up this website and to keep up the good work. I
myself had a chance to tour the Island Falls Dam, I found it to be
rewarding experience and educational. My Grandfathers had worked for
the company, and I feel that my roots are inbeded their and I always
wondered what life was like for my grandfathers who lived and worked
by there. I know their names are written in the archives and I am
happy that they are not forgotten. Thankyou Very Much Jean
I really enjoy reading of this area. Look foreward
to hearing more..
Really enjoyed the website, reading articles and
stories. The newsletter by Joey Barnes was especially interesting
I have the names of some of the
skaters in the photo. There are two in the back row on the left hand
side whose faces are almost obliterated so I can't name those and I
don't know the names of the teachers, but the other girls are, from
left to right: Virginia Charlette, Veronica Morin, Emily Sinclair,
Marie Louise Charlette, Nora Ballantyne (with the goofy look on her
face and standing slightly tilted), Irene McDonald, Flora
Nateweyes(with the white fur ear muffs), Margie Bear, Lillian
Bear(dark and petite in the front row), Yvonne Bear, Kathy
Goertzen(bangs and glasses), Veronique Caribou(very serious looking),
Angelique Linklater, Dorothy Bear. Hope my little comments help you
connect the names and faces. I am enjoying your web site.
So this where The King of Obsolete hids out
Love the page. Keep up the good
Excellent stories and research! I would
love to be able to go on a tour. As a antique crawler buff this the
ultimate crawler experience. Thank you for such indepth details.
I was wandering through the web
looking for ancestry connection when your page suddenly popped up!
What a surprise and indeed what a pleasure to look through. My home
town is Flin Flon. My grandfather, Pete Wasylenko (Whom I had never
met)worked as a lineman between Flin Flon & Island Falls. I
believe he died of a heart attack over his boat motor sometime around
1934/5. Now that I'm retired and have more time, I've startes doing
some family history reconstruction. If you have any info that would
be appropriate for Pete Wasylenko, I would be truly appreciated. I
have had him described to me as very short and very stocky. I am able
to state further information as related should you need to contact me
directly. Cheers & Keep well, Wally
Was looking up some family history
and found your wonderful website. What a trip down memory lane.Do you
have any information on where to get back copies of the Northern
Lights-1948-1953? What other info are you looking for? Have some old,
family pictures. Margaret
Great website! Nice to see the results
of using what the men built down the street, the Linn tractor,
1917-1952, at a average of 2 machines per week or approx. 2500 units,
although around 1928-1930 when the Churchrill River Power Co. and
Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting Co. Linns were shipped up to
Winnipeg, they were often working double or three shifts to keep up
with orders. The Linn was primarily a road construction and
maintenance vehicle, by 1930 over 400 Linns were keeping the winter
Having lived near Morris N Y and in the
town of Harpersfield I remember as a small child late 40s early 50s
the clatter of the linn breaking thru the hudge driftsof snow. Billy
Butts Butts Corner N Y Route 23
When I was about7or8 yrs. old we
lived 3 tenths of a mile off the town road and the town had an older
Lynn(no glass cab)and we could hear that plowing down the road a good
30 min. away. Our 3 tenths of a mile was snowed in and we had no way
of getting out. My father sent me out to plead with the workman as he
had before.Of course they would not plow for me either.Long
story--but I have never forgotten the powerful Lynn. C.Zimmerman
Dr. Lorne A. Parker
This very interesting--as I lived in
Island Falls from 1941-46..
Merry Christmas to all!and to you Dave. got your
e-mail few moons ago.take care! flo
Good job on the web site.A relative
to Stan Ferg. Who worked at the Falls from 1948 - 89 . Love the
country, and the people responsible for the development of the north.
Keep up the good work.
hello!i am geraldine gamble's
daughter related to rose morin. i have never been to island falls
ever since i've been going up there but i heard it was really really
pretty but i got to go.
Nice to see how the plant was build
during the late 20's. I heard a lot of stories of the plant from the
elders here in Sandy Bay. There is still a couple of older
generations still around to share these stories with the young
generations. Assistant Operator @ Island Falls and hopefully one day
I will be Hydro Operator.
David S. May
I like the stories.
Great website! My mother is Judy
Russell. We visited Island Falls a couple of times as young children
and were fortunate to be able to look through the house where my
mother's family grew up. We attended the Island Falls reunion. I am
now 37 years old sincerely appreciate your efforts to preserve the
life and times of the people of Island Falls.
Great web site - Love Joey's stories
- keep 'em coming, Joey! I remember you when you were just a little
lad with a pocket full of rocks in Alexander in the middle of the
bald prairies. Give my best to Hank and MaryLou. After wandering
through the site I can see I will have to visit Island Falls one of
these days. It looks live a lovely place. Back in 1969 I almost took
a job at Lynn Lake working at the radio station there - sometimes
still wish I had! Keep up the good work. Margaret McNarry (John's
sister, in case you haven't figured it out)
Daireen (Grayson) Wilson
Frank W. Fox
I enjoy the "Cat Snow Train"
but dident see "old Red"? I hope it in not in the lake
again? I havent had time to work on my T9 or my Cat 212 grader. Since
I retired, I dont seem to have time to spend on the toy's. Frank
CUDDLES Thanks for sending the
news letter! But the problem is I can't read LOL Keep up the good
Rita Bear Gray
My father is Angus Bear Sr. and my
brother is Charles Bear, they both used to work for Island Falls
power dam when I was growing up in Sandy Bay, Sask. It is nice to
look at the photos.
will be visiting the dam august 25
I'm looking to track down Hazel
Willey. It appears both our Grandfathers were called Tom Willey and
were born in the Newcastle area of the UK around early 1900's. I'd be
delighted to receive an mail from her. Tom
Diana Grayson (MacDonald)
I just want to say
that I finally had the opportunity to visit your website, David. I
feel priviledged that I was able to assist with pictures and other
material. Most of the pictures and information were passed on to me
from my parents, Bill and Leone Grayson. This has brought back so
many wonderful memories of the place I grew up,"Heaven on
I found some interesting
information in regards to my family history in your website. In Sandy
Bay Indian Village history I found a paragraph about my
great-grandfather Louis Morin and a picture of my great-grandmother
Veronique Morin "Pono". I also found more information on
both of them on Vol.15, 1956 number 2, June 1956 and again another
picture of my kohkom (great-grandmother). Louis Morin worked for
Hudson Bay factor in 1883 in Pukatawagon, Manitoba. His son Henry
Morin also worked for Hudson Bay in Sandy Bay (my grandfather), this
I know from my late mother Nancy Mary Morin. My mother's mother was
Angelique Morin (Colomb). I can't find any thing on both of my
grandparents in your website. Thanks again for the website, I'll keep
looking... In the same Vol.15 I found Sarah Jane's picture who is
also one of my late uncle's daughter. Wow! I just can't believe it. I
am letting my family know about your website. THANKS AGAIN... IRENE
MORIN's history: add more family later...
Doug & Lynn Henry
A few years ago I was able to take my wife, Lynn,
and children (Donna and Jason) to the Island Falls site and to what
to us will always be Henry's Isle (via a canoe from Maxine Woods -
thanks Maxine!) While it was nice to be able to show my family the
power house, A Dam, and other sites it was also a little sad to visit
the actual home sites and find only sidewalks and holes in the
ground. I suppose everybody likes to know that they can always return
to their childhood comunity when they want to - and that is something
we could not do - until now! What a wonderful website. Now, not only
can we go back to Island Falls when we want to- we can do it without
leaving home! David, you have provided a wonderful website and a very
neat way to be able to travel through it. I enjoyed reading comments
in the guestbook and hope to find more as time goes along. Remember
the old swimming "pool" just below the camp. One winter I
got into a discussion with Bob Bowman, Rodger Habburg, Brian Olsen,
Jim Russel about whether blue ice was thick and safe or thin and
dangerous. I took the position that it was thick and safe and
proceeded to walk out on the ice to prove my point. The others were
dead right - and I was nearly dead to prove it. Thank goodness Mrs.
Brooster heard my hollering and came to the resuce! ... at least
that's the way I remember it. Lots of fine memories come from the
articles and pictures. Thnaks, again. Doug Henry
I would love to know whether Ann
Errington, who appears in the records of Island Falls, was the
daughter of Harry Errington of south London. (We know Harry emigrated
to Canada and had a daughter named Ann or Anne.)Harry's little sister
Unity will be 90 next week! She remembers him with much love, but he
didn't stay in touch with his family in England. I haven't been able
to trace any information about him.
flora smigel ( morin)
df smigel @telus.net
It is very nice to see many old
pictures from Sandy Bay. I really enjoyed looking at them and brings
back nice memories as I was born there. The family photo of Alex
Morin's,which is so nice to see too. I would like to thank the person
who took the picture. This is so great thanks!I am the little girl
with no name just a question mark. Flora
i think the photos and storys are
great. it brings back old times. del com pilot from 1948
I really enjoyed finding this
website it gave me alot of information that I wanted to know about
the history of Island Falls and my native community Sandy Bay. I was
so amazed to find old pictures of my native relations and other
generations from Sandy Bay. I live in Saskatoon with my children and
I tell stories of what its like to live in a native community and I
hear of some stories about Island Falls from my native elders. Those
stories are told today to my generations and this website really
helps me to place-connect those stories together of what I remember.
I only hope there was more of native people in the website to tell
their stories of the past. I know my mother's side of family worked
with HBC and I didn't find too much on them. If you have any Louis
and Henry Morin's family stories please help me and send them to me
to learn more about my history.I am really greatful to have found
this website. I use to play at Island Falls in my early years and
they are good memories to treasure. I know Jim,Dale Russell and Tim
Davis,Slim Woods,and I learnt some of their history through the
website. Do you know Nancy Morin Jr.(henry&angelique) or my white
father JOHN (SMARTDEAN?) from the mine in Flin-Flon. Flin-Flon also
my old hometown and Cranberry. SHARE YOUR STORIES so I will find the
past that is still unknown to me. PLEASE THANK-YOU. Help! I like to
find my father's side of family, history... I am a half-breed looking
for my history---both ways? TAPWE KAYAS NITOTEMAK. yes long time ago
my relations,friends.... god bless you all and the website...
What a great website brings back a
lot of wonderful memories. Thanks Bob Tanner for telling me about
this site. Great work David, I will return to this site many
Hi, I was surfing the web looking for information
on the Linn Tractors and ended up on this site. What a surprise.
Great site. It brings back lots of memories. I remember a lot of the
Island Falls people having been born and raised in Flin Flon. My
mother was employed by the HBM&S warehouse from about 1928 until
she retired in the 1960's. I see a few names in this guestbook I have
lost contact with over the years. Keep up the good work.
Dave i'm glad you gave me a second
chance at the guest book, since your computer misplaced my last
entering. This is a great web page and tells a lot of forgoten
history. It is good to see the linn tractors pulling so much
tonnage.(someday my linn tractors will pull that kind of weight)
Right now i want to try and go from Island falls to Flin Flon just to
relive the good old days in my linn tractors.Hope you will be along
Dave because you can talk with two hands on the computer and be able
to get more history for the web page. According to the history 1/2
the fun of living a Island Falls was getting there.
Good work! Very enjoyable for me to revisit old times and people.
Jill Rowe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fascinating..thanks for the opportunity to see scenes where I
E. Wayne Huffaker <email@example.com>
Houston, TX USA -
Almost 40 years ago I met you Dave and your family and all of you
influenced our family in a major way, for you the Rutherford's were
there for us, immigrants coming from far away Germany and not knowing
how to live in this country. Now 40 years later we meet again and
your father and mother have died and your history goes on through
your parents. I thought I knew you Dave, however now after reading
and studying Island Falls I know you so much better. Thank you for
being the family you were for us, thank you for researching and doing
all this work and letting me get to know the Rutherfords even better.
Your site has brought back so many wonderful
memories of the stories that my parents told me. Island Falls was
truely a paradise with all the beautiful scenery, the cold fresh air
and the ability to catch a fish with just a hook. Thank you so much
for bringing the memories back-- Joyce Huffaker
Barbara Joyce Huffaker Hurst
Las Vegas, NV USA -
I was a child at one of the reunions. I loved it in Island Falls
and it's neat to see where my Mother grew up. Thank you for this.
Stacy Rowe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I was thrilled to hear of the site. It was great to see pics of
my Grandpa Pelle, Grandma Gwen and Dad(Rodger) and Uncle Ed
(Hagberg). I'd always heard so many interesting stories of the people
who worked and lived there and this just made it all come to life in
living color. You've done a great job! I called my Dad right away and
told him of all of the funny picturs I found of him.
Paige Loeppky(Hagberg) <pbloeppky @shaw.ca>
Winnipeg, MB Canada -
thanks for a great website. such a history.wasn't it wonderful to
be a part of it.
Bobbie Mawdsley(nee Tanner) <email@example.com>
ladysmith, bc Canada -
Nice to see old memories
Robert Roy Thompson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
flon, mb Canada -
Thanks so much for doing this. But how did all those old people I
knew and loved get so young and beautiful?
Hazel Young (Nee Willey) <email@example.com>
Ottawa, ON Canada -
A wonderful trip down memory lane. I'll be back... again, again
and again! Thanks so much for all your efforts.
Halifax, ns Canada -
I was in grade 6 when we moved from Island Falls, as it became
automated and was essentially run from Flin Flon. My memories are
those of a child but what I remember is that it was a great place to
grow up. A well done website.
Gerri Thompson <Thompson@assiniboine.net>
Brandon, MB Canada -
Was great seeing all
the pics that I heard so much about from Ada Russell and
"Slim" Woods regarding the plant. Seeing the "Ol'
Gal" (the plant) in the begining, was great. Will try and take
good care of her. Wade Bryson Duty Op.Island Falls
Wade Bryson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thanks for the memories! Faces and names
had faded for me, but looking at these photos has brought back so
many happy thoughts about growing up in Island Falls in the 1950's. I
don't really know what the adults thought of the place, but it was a
fantastic place to be a kid in (even if we had to clean little
"things" out of our bathing suits in the summertime at the
pool). Again, thanks for all your work on this site.
Saskatoon, Sk Canada -
I have followed the construction of your web site from the
outset. Of course you and I usually see one another twice a year in
Saskatoon and at my cottage at Candle Lake. The pictures and writings
bring back such fond memories of a very unique place in history.
Every time I visit this website I feel sad for what has been lost but
happy that my famuliy and I were part of it all.
Ed Hagberg <email@example.com>
Saskatoon, Sask Canada -
what a great walk down memory lane!!!! frank hvidsten put me onto
this site when i was up wheeling and dealing on a new vehicle at the
dealership in aidrie,AB. although we moved when the plant was
automated,I still recall many childhood antics before Flin Flon
became home. I can't imagine growing up in the townsite now, but it
sure was great for the first nine years of my life. well done...
Sandra Dash <firstname.lastname@example.org>
AB Canada -
Wow, what a great site! Sandra Dash mentioned this site to me so
I though I would check it out. My father Norman Akert worked up at
Island falls I believe in the early 70's. It was great to see where
he had once worked. Alyson Akert
Alyson (Akert) Prince
Strathmore, AB Canada -
You done good! I will add more later.
wayne bailey <email@example.com>
Lawrencetown, NS Canada -
Hi All Bob tanner Visited us today and mentioned this web site.
My Dad, Garnet and I reviewed the website and it has brought back
many memories - I have credited growing up in Island Falls as one of
the reasons I have suceeded as well as I have in life. I will be
visiting this site many times in the future. I would appreciate being
contacted by the many people I grew up with - Plaease let me know
where you are and what you have done since 1967 when we
dissassembled. Love you All Bob
Bob Cluff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
What a pleasure this has been,
visiting this GREAT website. From '59 to '68 I flew one of HBAT's
Otters and made countless trips to The Falls and Whitesand. Good to
see the faces of so many of my passengers. "Memories Are Made Of
Pat Donaghy <email@example.com>
rees w davis is my grandfather and although i have never really
met him,except when i was a baby, he has always been with me and
helped me become who i am through hearing all the wonderfull stories
and wanting to be like him and so i am very greatfull for your
website which helps me get to know him a little bit more. i look
forward to returning to it and will pass it on to all my family
including my dad bud davis jon davis
jonathan rees davis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
flin flon, mb Canada -
I am very greatful to look and read about my Grandpa's life up at
island falls. I am greatful for the man he was, i knew him for a few
years when i was a young boy. He was a good role model. He was also a
good leader for our family. Thank you. It was very nice to see the
pictures of what seemed to be a simpler time.
James R. Davis,R.M.T <email@example.com>
Airdrie, Ab Canada -
Your website is an informative and very interesting account of
the life of Island Falls. I have heard many stories of the Falls from
my family, and we still keep a family cabin just upriver from the
shortcut. Grandpa Ferg would be proud that you are keeping these old
memories alive for future generations
Creighton, SK Canada -
Accidently stumbled on your web site. Great to see the names I
remember. I have a bunch of old photos,will now have reason to go
thru them again and will forward to you.
Rick Whiteley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
B.C Canada -
Thank you for the effort put into making this website. Certainly
was enjoyable viewing the pictures that brought back many fond
memories. Contact Walter Leslie @ Box 86 Sundre ,AB. Tom 1xo .
Walter Leslie <email@example.com>
ab Canada -
Dave It was good to see the revised web site. I am currently in
Gimli and just told Ann about the site so her friend has your web
address and she will be able to check it out. Dick Southworth
Dick Southworth <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Edmonton, AB Canada -
Love the website Dave. Thanks so much for all the time and
dedication. I would love to hear from folks. Helen
Helen Davis Evans <email@example.com>
Bountiful, UT USA -
Fascinating reading, and as the Mite site you have made an
excellent presentation. I would like to vist Island Falls. Thanks for
the web address TED
Ted Reusch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Banning, Ca USA
like the web site only learned about it today would like to know
if anyone has alist of all the children and possibly their
Barry Dickens <email@example.com>
Flon, Mb Canada -
The history of Island Falls has been very educational for me to
obtain information of the establishment of Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan. I
realize that Sandy Bay would not be where it is, if Island Falls was
not created. I found alot of old pictures of my elders and relations
of Sandy Bay, and it is great to see the pictures of my people whom I
never met. I lived in Sandy Bay for a short while but the history of
my family is still within Sandy Bay area.
Saskatoon, SK Canada -
What a great job you have done on this record of
the life and times of all who were fortunate enough to have visited
or lived in "Camp". There is no quick way to tell people
what it really was like, so we can now point them to this site and
hpr they can get a feel for what it was all about.To grow up there
was a uniqe experience and I think most of us are the better for it.
I see you were looking for some info on Cap Gilbertson. All I
remember was this big old guy at A dam in a big old duffle coat
guarding us all from the bad guys, who were sure to show up, during
the WW2. Does any one recall the dummy guns that were made of pipe to
fool the Stukas or whatever.Who could ever forget Christmas Eve at
the hall. Christmas carols' (thats where we we really learned them)
while we waited for word that Saint Nick had just past White
sands.Then we walked home through the crunchy snow,tried to sleep
knowing that he would be back again on the return leg. Well David old
son see the memories you have stirred up. Hope to see more
remanicences the next time I log on.
Wayne and Kay Bailey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lawerencetown, N.S. Canada -
Terrific! It's like old home week every day. I often think of
growing up in Island Falls and wonder where certain people are today.
Each New Year celebration reminds me of the goodies to be found at
the community hall the next day. We'd get quite a variety of snacks
to be hidden away in our hockey lockers at the rink. As I sit here
the memories come flooding back. It was truly a great place to grow
up. I wish you all good health and a MERRY CHRISTMAS 2002!!! Gary
Gary Cluff <email@example.com>
Saskatchewan Canada -
I found out the site after attending a Flin Flon Xmas Party
recently My father was Eddie Lomax and my mother was Mildred and I
had a brother ,who;s name was Brian. In order to update the lists
Eddie Lomax passed away July 25,1977,My mother ,Mildred passed away
April29 1989 My brother Brian passed away Febuary14,1992. I still
think back to the good times I had as a youngster at the swiming
beach and being rescued by the life guard whom I think was Bonnie
Henry.I would thank whomever for the Great site and keep the good
Kerry Lomax <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Congratulations on all the work that has gone into the website.
It is a lot of fun looking at the pictures and the familiar faces. I
will contribute some addional materials in due course. Tom Cameron,
son of Cec and Anne Cameron
Tom Cameron <email@example.com>
Edmonton, AB Canada -
greetings to all.-WHAT A GREAT IDEA. Ron and I retired to
LANGENBURG, SK.Ron died in 1984. I continue to live there (on the
Yellowhead hwy 16). Craig and Michelle,2sons live in FLIN FLON MAN.
Scott and Glenda son and daughter live in Regina SK. Keep the
Iris Simpson <firstname.lastname@example.org,ca>
Flon, mb Canada -
I am the grandson of R. W. Davis. I really enjoyed looking over
the web site. It has brought back a lot of memories of my grandpa. I
remember spending a lot of time visiting with him and my grandma,
Chlo. Even though I only lived in Island Falls for 6 months as a
newborn, I feel like it will always be a part of me. I really enjoy
going up to Grandpa's cabin on the river. It is so peaceful and
brings my grandparents closer to me. A big thank you to all involved
in creating this web site. It is awesome.
Timothy Davis <email@example.com>
Flin Flon, mb
I will always treasure the many years I spent at the Falls with
Doris and Alf Broster, my grandparents. I count that as being one of
the luckiest people alive.
Cari Manz (formerly Hammerstad)
Calgary , AB Canada -
You brought back wonderful memories. Hopefully, a reunion will
take place. Your work on the website is really great. Guyla
Guyla Smilski (Wachowich) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Winnipeg, Mb Canada -
I date back to 1938 at Island Falls, where I was born. My sister
Lois, lives at Ridgedale, SK and is married to Clifford Caskey. My
brother Lowell, lives in Orangeville, ON
Bruce Christensen <email@example.com>
Melville, SK Canada -
This is good website
you have here, just put my step on it, greetings to you and all your
visitors. I just want to say --> WELCOME <-- to visit my
webpage as well. Vous êtes bienvenu pour visiter mon webpage Usted es
bienvenido visitar mi webpage Dé la bienvenida para visitar mi
webpage Just take a look on my webpage and have BIG fun... Some good
informations and much more.
27 IDX 106 - Odinn
Akranes, ICELAND -
Hi, great site, i found a lot of interesting information inside
Samantha Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA, none Canada -
A very worthwhile and
successful undertaking David. I encourage you, your helpers and all
the contributers to take time to acknowledge yourselves for what has
been created, keeping in mind how this project has touched people and
will continue to do so. I would like to share some "home"
names we were fortunate enough to be with last summer on
vacation:Irene Olson - Calgary, Walter Leslie - Sundrie, Garnet Cluff
- Red Deer, Doris Bracken - Saskatoon, Joan (Bracken) Kubida -
Saskatoon, Ed & Jan Hagberg - Saskatoon, Bill Jeffery - Winnipeg,
Shelly & Grant Cheadle & family - Winnipeg (Shelly the oldest
of Barb & Keith Olson), Gord & Michelle Ferg & family -
Calgary, David Rutherford (caught David on one of his visits in
Kelowna), Isabelle Hill - Peachland (the world traveler), Jack
McMurdo - Kelowna, Bob & Eleanor Tanner - Burnaby, Bobby
(Tanner)Mawdsley - Victoria, Randy & Joan Bowman - Flin Flon, Mom
& Dad Westbury - Kelowna. I would like to take the opportunity to
add that anyone wishing to speak to Mr. Bill Jeffery to please
contact us, Gord & Michelle Ferg, Bob & Eleanor Tanner and we
can share his phone number and a conversation with you. We can all
add something special to Bill`s Life. Have a "Great Day"
Love & Huggggs Gary & Jan Westbury e-mail email@example.com
Gary & Jan Westbury <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Rossland, B.C. Canada