Northern Lights

Volume 3

Number 1 » March 1944


Faye and Lorne are the handsome kiddies
of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ogmundson.
Carl is a lineman at Mile 13.

This merry maid is Joan Jonasson, six-year-old
pride and joy of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jonasson.
Bill is lineman at Mile 13.

LATE in December, Frank Hart left here and is now working in the Mill in Flin Flon. We have had recent word from Frank Ryan to the effect that he is at present stationed at Mossbank, Saskatchewan, and liking the R.C.A.F. work better all the time. Pilot Officer Ivan Pelletier was in England when last heard from and from the tone of his letters he seems to think the English people and countryside are hard to beat. However, he admits he hasn't been to Scotland yet. The Social Club received an aerograph from Captain Eric King at Christmas in which he said he was serving with the 8th Army in Italy. Eric said he was kept busy but liked his work and regarded being attached to the famous 8th Army as quite a break.

In the field of sport, curling seems to hold the greatest interest at present. We were fortunate in being able to sign up a couple of professional curlers from Flin Flon at the first of the year, namely, Cecil Finch and Cliff Boyd. We completed our first square draw for the Love trophy just before Christmas. This event was won by E. A. Dunfield, lead; John Hattie, 2nd; Otto Christensen, 3rd, and W.R. Southworth, skip. By the time this is published we'll be trying to figure out why we didn't pick up more of the jewellery at the Flin Flon 'spiel.

On the evening of January 15th the Social Club held a reception and presentation in honor of Sgt. and Mrs. Albert Duckett, U.S.A.A.F., who were recently married in Winnipeg. Before her marriage the bride was the former Miss Helen Jonasson, a popular member of the nursing staff of the Company hospital.

Our Christmas concert and New Year's banquet and dance were held as usual and I'm sure will be voted highly successful affairs. We thoroughly enjoyed our guests and visitors from Flin Flon. We hope their stay was a pleasant one.

The many friends and acquaintances of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Huffaker will be pleased to hear of their adoption of Barbara Joyce. She was two months old last December when she arrived to make her home in the north.

Number 2 » May 1944

Harry Bailey and Jerry patiently waiting for
a big fellow to come along.

Sunday afternoon curlers snapped just after a furious contest.


FEW changes in personnel I have taken place since last going to press, but there was a slight turnover. After spending the winter here, Art (Slim) Lindsay and Les Saville left the middle of March for Flin Flon to prepare for another summer of prospecting. Miss Thelma Christensen is a new member of our dining hall staff and Miss Eva Olson of Whitesand Rapids is back with us again. It looks more like old times to see Albert Condon back at his guard duties after spending eight months in the Company hospital. At time of writing, Sid Brown, star Bomber Hockey Club forward, is still undergoing medical treatment in Winnipeg, but by the time this appears in print we hope he'll be back on the job here, feeling as well and fit as ever. Johnnie Wachowich, R. C. A. F., Montreal, arrived home March 14th for a brief visit with his parents.

In the realm of sport, curling seems to lead the field. We sent two rinks to the 12th Canadian Northwestern Bonspiel in Flin Flon. Although neither rink reached the prizes, they report on the bonspiel very favorably and think it the biggest and best they have yet attended in Flin Flon. We ran off three square draws this season, as usual—the first was won by E. A. Dunfield, lead; John Southworth, 2nd; Otto Christensen, 3rd; W.R. Southworth, skip; while the 2nd and 3rd were both won by Vie Myrvold, lead; Harry Whitely, 2nd; Max McConnell, 3rd; Gordon Parker, skip. This latter rink was our departmental winner and journeyed to Flin Flon for the play-off for the Green Trophy. They went through to the finals, but at that point fell victim, to that wily old master of the roarin' game Goldie Goldsmith, by a score of 9 to 6.


Max McConnell, Doug Russell and
Dale seem rightly proud of this
25-pounder from Flanagan Lake.

At time of writing we are just commencing our play-offs for the club championship. This will be followed by a novelty spiel and a points competition, thus bringing to a close another bang-up curling season. We had our regular annual curling visit from Messrs. Bill Hughes, Tommy Heyland, Harold Stevens and Jack McDonald towards the end of January. Several keenly contested games were played in which the honors were fairly well divided.

Congratulations are in order for Mr. and Mrs. Walter Leslie on the arrival of their son, Patrick Craig, on March 5th.

Red Cross canvassers R.C. Henry, M.F. Huffaker and W.R. Southworth report a good response to the local drive and at time of writing are within a few dollars of our objective of $660.

Number 3 » July 1944

Life in the Old Country seems to agree with
Pilot Officer Ivan Pelletier.

We had quite a time to get this Victory Garden Gardener, Garnet Jeffrey, to stop work long enough to have this picture taken.

These two merry makers are Marion Strindlund (left) and Gala Wachowich.


MIKE Klymyk came to Island Falls the second week in May to work in our stock room at the plant. Mike's home town is Regina, but he had worked in Flin Flon for six months prior to coming here. Arnold Mansell an old-timer in Flin Flon. arrived in camp about the middle of May to drive a tractor-carry-bug outfit on the excavations for our new houses. We expect a crew of carpenters from Flin Flon to build our five new houses and it's quite likely they'll be well on the way when this appears in print.

The usual badminton tournament was held during the spring break-up period. The entry was larger and the standard of play higher than ever this year. Sergeant Al Duckett and Mrs. A. J. Henning were the big winners with second place going to Otto Christensen and Mrs. G. I. Jeffrey.

Our excellent health record suffered a setback when an outbreak of whooping cough developed during the late spring. The school had to be closed for several weeks and at the time of going to press half a dozen or more are still whooping it up.

It's good to see Harry Olson on the job again after spending all winter in Calgary where he underwent a major operation on his back.

Early in April we held our first Welfare Board election which resulted in Alf Broster being elected to represent us on the Board for the next two years.

The enthusiastic of our golfing fraternity were out in force on April 23rd, much the same starting date as last year; three weeks previous to the day, that is April 2nd, we were still curling.

The Victory gardeners are hard at the breaking this spring; breaking land, shovels, backs, and also breaking all records for enthusiasm for the land. There'll be no shortage of beet tops here this summer.

These two inseparable chums are
Lorne Parker and Betty Lou Myrvold.
A happy pair are Wayne, eldest son of Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Bailey, at left, and David, eldest
son of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Rutherford.

Number 4 » September 1944

"Main St.," Island Falls.


Enroute to Island Falls.

Fred La Roche, snapped with his favourite
cherry tree in the background.

 WE were fortunate in again having a bright, warm day for our Dominion Day holiday. The usual festivities were engaged in and the net proceeds, amounting to $130.00, were set aside for the benefit of the children of Service men from Island Falls.

Edward Guloien, engineering student, University of Saskatchewan, worked on our operating staff during the summer holidays. Ed spent some time on the Whitesand job a couple of years ago. Miss Gladys Slade arrived early in July to assume duties in our staff dining hall. Our good friend Bill Lloyd came to Camp the second week in July to take over the staff kitchen during the absence of Gus Henning. Miss Frances Gerwig, recently of Nipawin, Sask., took over the duties of Camp nurse on June 1st. Mrs. Charles Willox and son Jimmie came here early in July. Mrs. Willox relieved Ellen Eccles in the office while Ellen was on vacation. Since the last issue Ed A. Dunfield left our guard staff and returned to Ottawa and Sid Brown returned to Camp after spending several months in Winnipeg undergoing medical treatment. The list of summer visitors was one of the longest on record.

Early in the summer we were blessed with the arrival of two new citizens—William Deans, the adopted infant son of Jack and Olive Barkwell, and Vernice Ethel, brand new daughter of Wilfred and Irene Guymer.

A fish story with a somewhat different ending occurred at Flanagan Lake recently when Bill Andrews of Hamiota, Man., Jack Barkwell and Doug Russell were doing a bit of trout fishing. It seems the boys dug down in the moss to the ice, placed their catch thereon, replaced the moss, and left the fish thus cached until the following morning. When they returned the fish were missing but there in the soft earth were the clear tracks of a giant timber wolf.

Here's a big one that didn't get away. Early in July a local Indian fisherman caught a sturgeon in the Churchill River above the plant. The fish was six feet three inches long and weighed 125 pounds dressed.

Number  5 » November 1944

Walter Leslie and his lovely little daughter, Carol, enjoying the sunshine on the front porch.

Snapped while out for his early morning walk, this is Bobby,
the most precious possession of Mr. and Mrs. Ches Henry.

Joanie Bracken is very proud of this
handsome 4 pound walleye that she
landed all by herself at Divers Inlet.


WE lost two of our outstanding citizens when, on September 5th, Max and Dorothy McConnell left to make their home in Hamiota, Man. Max is going into business with his father.

Early in September a plane load of Flin Flon carpenters swooped down on us to run up our fifth new house.

Miss Edna Whiteley is doing a fine job of work in our store. Miss Gladys Slade, Miss Madeline Zeil, Miss Dorothy Snell and Miss Maxine Talbot have all left for various parts of Canada, since our last issue. Miss Emily Bjornson joined our dining hall staff early in September. Bud Ray resigned from our guard staff and left for his northern trapping grounds on the Pagato River. Mr. Alex Barren is a new member of our guard staff. Alex was recently discharged from the army on account of ill health. Helen Evans (Davis) relieved in the X-ray and pathological laboratory departments in Flin Flon during the summer holiday. Helen has made her home here with her parents since early summer.

At the time of writing Mike Wachowich is still in the Association hospital in Flin Flon. Hope he'll be back on the job before this appears in print.

During the summer we enjoyed visits from the Board of Trade, the Legion and the Welfare Board.

On September 20th Rev. Horsefield held our annual Thanksgiving service in the hall. The hall was suitably decorated for the occasion and a large congregation was in attendance. While here Rev. Horsefield christened the following children: Jean Anne Southworth, William Deans Barkwell, Carry Joe Kuzienski, Karl Arthur Henning, and Jill Marie Garside Broster.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kuzienski are the proud parents of our youngest citizen, Garry Joe, who was born on August 11th, their wedding anniversary.

Sporting news is rather spotty this time. The curlers are as keen as ever to get started and some think our re-sharpened rocks will enable them to introduce a variety of new trick shots. Time will tell.

Number 6 » Christmas 1944

Brian Olson singing in the tub.

This happy gang was assembled to celebrate
Keith Olson's birthday.


WE should like to take this opportunity to wish our former editor, Mr. Lou McDonald, and family the very best of good fortune in his new field of work. We are looking forward to dropping in on you sometime this winter, Lou.

We had our last pre-freeze-up plane on Monday, Nov. 13th. The previous Saturday evening, Buddy Davis had the misfortune to swallow a nickel which lodged in his throat. He was flown from here to the Pas where he caught the Winnipeg train; in Winnipeg our good friend Dr. John Cruise soon had Bud's nickel back in circulation.

The "trapping bug" seems to have bitten quite a number of our boys this fall. Among those taking out licenses were Doug Russell, Garnet Jeffrey, Walter Leslie, Alf Broster, Chas. Henry, Harry Bailey, Neil Rutherford and Wilf Guymer. Looks like the local "fur bearers" are in for a hard winter. This reminds us of a conversation we heard recently between two natives. First Native: "Looks like a long, cold winter, chum." Second Native: "What makes you think so?" First Native: "White man putting up heap big wood."

We haven't any vital statistics to report this time but we can practically guarantee two weddings for the next issue.

The usual freeze-up bowling tournament is in full swing but it is a little early yet to pick the winners. We are lined up for what looks like a season of good curling. We have seven men's rinks and to date the women have enough players signed up for four rinks.

The club received an interesting letter from Flt. Lieut. Cece Cameron, R.C.A.F. Cece is stationed in the British Isles and recently had the honor of conducting His Majesty the King on an inspection tour of the plant at which Cece is working. Word has reached us that Benny Ver Wilghen has recently been transferred from Italy to France. P.O. Ivan Pelletier, R.C.A.F., has completed his first tour of operational flights over enemy territory and will be instructing in England for the next six months. LAC Frank Ryan, still at Mossbank, reports they expect this station to be closed December 1st.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

The smart looking soldier on the right is Mike Klymyk now in charge of our stock room and transportation. Mike was discharged from the army on account of ill health.

Our good friend Flt. Lieut. Cece Cameron and King George VI.