Northern Lights

Volume 7

Number 1 March 1948

New Years' Eve Banquet

Tranquil scene Churchill River.


EARLY in December Miss Gladys Rogers, Camp Nurse, resigned and left for Buchanan, Sask. She is at present on the nursing staff of the General Hospital at the new mining town of Snow Lake, Manitoba. Miss Gladys Walker is our new camp nurse and comes to us from the Association Hospital, Flin Flon. Miss Walker is a graduate of St. Anthony's Hospital, The Pas, Manitoba.

Bob McNichol bulldozing on air-strip. Bill Shaw on way to breakfast Sunday  noon.

Shortly before Christmas we were given a special treat when a group of local amateurs under the able direction of Ches Henry presented "Hobgoblin House;" a three-act spook play packed with action from start to finish. Doris Broster played the leading role supported by Miss D. Mills, Miss Gladys Rogers, Miss Audrey Rodgers, Mrs. Roy Bunn, Miss Audrey Rowlette. Miss Adeline Kvenskagen, Miss Gayla Wachowich, and Messrs. Jack Mcinnes, Jack Pearson, Ernie Westbury and Walter Leslie.

Ice formation on "A" Dam.

In the field of sport, curling seems to hold the spot light. We have nine men's and four ladies' rinks this season, a record enrollment for our club. The Ches Henry rink and the Walter Leslie rink are tied for first place in the Love Trophy square draw with six wins and two losses each and represented at the big Nipawin Automobile Bonspiel by Jack Barkwell, Pelle Hagberg, Frank Ryan and Oscar Webb.

On November 7th the R. C. Henry home was blessed with the arrival of a charming new daughter, Bonnie Ann and on December 10th Tom Willey's lovely new daughter, Hazel Helen, arrived. Both girls were born in the General Hospital, Flin Flon.

Ches. Henry and Jack McInnes. Marcel Morin keeping in practice.

Winter freighting operations got under way the first week in January. The lakes have first class ice with very little snow, a good year to get in our new generators. We saw quite a bit of Stew Russell, former employee, this winter. He is freighting from Reindeer Lake to Flin Flon with his new Bombardier snowmobile.

The school children provided a fine evening of entertainment when they presented their Christmas concert the week before Christmas.

On account of the large gathering it was necessary this year to hold our New Year's Eve banquet down stairs in the Main Hall. As usual a good time was had by all, at the banquet and the dance which followed.

Cast of "Hobgoblin House."

Number 2 May 1948

Keith Olson and Lowell Christensen with home-made tractor.

Alex Strindlund has been at Island Falls since 1928.

Neither Linda Bowman nor Gordon Brown seem satisfied with things.

Bob McNichol and Slim Lindsay eat
breakfast late on Sundays.

Tom Willey out for a breather.

Sid Brown of hockey fame.

BILL McLEISH is our new accountant. He took this job over from Johnny Spencer, who moved back to Flin Flon recently. Johnny and his family will be greatly missed. They were first class citizens, ever ready to do their full share of the voluntary community chores. We wish them every good fortune in Flin Flon. The McLeish family is small, just Bill, Sue and Gigi, but they are all going concerns and have already become an indispensible part of our community life.

Construction work on our new generator (unit No. 6) is going ahead rapidly. The General Electric crew of ten men arrived in January and started right in at a fast clip under construction superintendent W. Withers. This G.E. crew are not only tops on the job but are 100 percent off the job. I think we've made incurable curlers of two of them, Ray Kaura and George Sills. Only two of this crew, Pat Evans and Martin Hanley were here when units four and five were built in 1937 and 1939. We are going to miss this hard working, good natured bunch when they pull out in the Spring. Mr. Hans Jensen of the Dominion Engineering Co. is supervising the installation of the 6th unit turbine. His crew are local boys in charge of Wilf. Comeau. Jack Martin and a few boys from town are putting in the head gates for the new generator.

In February two of the North's real old timers passed away. Del Simons died at his home in Flin Flon on February 1st, and George Barnard died in Victoria on February 13th. We offer our deepest sympathy to their families.

Winter tourists are not the usual thing for these parts but we had two this winter in Mr. Van Epps and Mr. Elliott of Illinois. These two gentlemen made a canoe trip through here a year ago last summer and liked what they saw so much they decided they must see this country in winter time too. They spent two weeks between Flin Flon and the north end of Reindeer Lake and left for home seemingly quite thrilled with their winter holiday.

The following skips successfully piloted their rinks into the prizes here this past season. Ches. Henry's rink won the Love Trophy, W. R. Southworth's rink won the Davis Trophy, Otto Christensen's rink won the Club Trophy and Walter Leslie's rink won the Club Championship and the grand aggregate. At time of writing the ladies haven't got down to the play-off.

The Rod and Gun Club held its annual meeting March 1st and elected Fred Bowman, President and Sid Brown Secretary-Treasurer. It is understood these two new officers have a very interesting program of activities in store for club members this coming season.

For some reason or other the big herds of barren land cariboo didn't get this far south this winter. There was just the odd small herd seen here and there, whereas last winter they were in this neighborhood by the thousands. However, we have an unusual visitor this winter, a large northern timber wolf. He has been seen several times in and around Camp.

The C.R.P. has a water diversion job on the go down river from here about 12 miles, at what is known as Point A. Cy Gilmore is having himself a real time down there with his big Marion shovel. He is cutting out a canal about 20 feet wide and approximately a mile long. Better get out of there before the black flies get you, Cy.

Congratulations to Bill and Margaret Hammond on the birth of a baby boy.

Sid Foden and Doug Russell outside machine shop.
Norah Southworth eagerly awaits a chance at the greens this year.

Some photos of Winter Freighting.

Miles and miles of road across lakes and portages.

Ice conditions were good and the train went though without mishap.

Scotty Boyes filled in to perfection as cook.

Number 3 July 1948

Rotor for 6th unit ready to be moved into position.

 Lift completed, rotor being moved to location.

 Lowering rotor into place.


LOOKS like May 9th (Mother's Day) must be regarded as official opening day for the local golf course. I'm sure nearly every golfer in camp had a round or two. The course was quite dry and bare of vegetation and with the absence of black flies and a temperature of 53 above, playing conditions were very pleasant. Mosquitoes were in evidence May 10th and the first frogs were heard the same day, looks like we are going to have summer after all.

After working here all winter Art Lindsay and Les Saville left early in April on their annual prospecting trip. We have four university boys with us this summer, Lorne Marvel, third year electrical, University of Saskatchewan; Stan Roberts, a second year electrical man from University of Manitoba; Mike Parent, third year electrical, U. of M., and Johnny Wachowich, third year civil engineering, U. of M.

The break-up season bowling and badminton tournaments will be cleaned up by May 15th, but at time of going to press only the mixed bowling doubles had been completed. This event was won by Fred Bowman and Adeline Kvemshagen. Jack Pearson and Walter Leslie will be the finalists in the men's badminton singles. The curling season was officially wound up May 8th with the presentation of all the trophies and prizes for the past season's play. Space won't permit listing all the winners, but we would like to mention that the club championship was won by: W. Leslie, skip; Ken Bracken, 3rd; Jack Mcinnes, 2nd, and Wilfred Comeau, lead, and the ladies' curling championship was won by: Irene Bowman, skip; Maisie Gray, 3rd; Audrey Rogers, 2nd, and Phyllis Heather, lead. We were able to get in five square draws and two novelty bonspiels this season.

Late in March, Mr. and Mrs. Art Wenman returned from their honeymoon in eastern Canada. The Community Club held a reception for the happy couple and presented them with a table lamp. Art has been on our operating staff for a year and a half.

The boating enthusiasts are getting lined up for another big season. Several new outfits have showed up—Fred Bowman has a nice plywood runabout job with an eight horse-power outboard, while Harry Bailey and Bill Shaw each have new canoes.

Last spring Mrs. Oscar Webb was responsible for organizing the Girl Guides and Brownies.

On April 19th the rotor for our new 6th unit was moved from its construction site at north end of plant to its permanent position at the extreme south end of the plant. The series of pictures herewith shows the rotor in the various stages of this movement. By the time this issue appears our new 6th unit should be on the line delivering power to Flin Flon along with the other five generators.

Nurse Walker calling officially on Karl Waldher at Point A caboose.

Free trader Smith's post in the Indian Village.

Number 4 September 1948

Jack Barkwell Marg Hammond and Leona Grayson

Lorne Marvel finishes engineering at Saskatchewan "U" this year.

Mrs. Birston and her "Happy Gang."

Mrs. Alf Broster on shopping tour.

Roy and Ruth Bunn, Mike Parent
and Honey Walker.

THE weather man wasn't as good as usual to us this Dominion Day. It was cloudy but warm and the rain was kind enough to hold off until the following day. This year the emphasis was placed on making it a big day for the children, however, the grown-ups seemed to thoroughly enjoy the bingo, shooting games, crown and anchor and other games of chance, and last but by no means least, the refreshment booth.

Early in June, Mrs. Clifford Birston arrived to take over the play ground supervisor's position for the summer months. She was accompanied by her daughter Arlene.

Camp seems a bit quiet this summer with no major construction jobs on the go, although we are having our fair share of summer visitors, too numerous to mention by name. We would like to mention Mrs. McLeish, however, who arrived here the first week in July from Edinburgh, Scotland, to visit for the summer with her son Bill and his family. When queried about this part of the world, Mrs. McLeish said she thought we had an ideal summer climate despite the black flies and mosquitoes, but it wasn't hard to see she preferred dear old Scotland.

The boat owners have a fine new boat-house and breakwater nearing completion. The boys have spent a good many evenings of hard work on this project but when finished it will provide them with excellent docking facilities for many, many years to come. While on the subject of construction we should mention that our new 19,000 horse power generator, known as the sixth unit, was completed in May and went on the line delivering power to Flin Flon on May 25th. It was four months from the time construction began until the generator was in service. No flies on these General Electric construction boys!

We're happy to announce the arrival at the Bunn home, of Gregory John, 8 pounds, 9 ounces, on May 23rd.

While speaking of babies it just occurred to us that we are now the proud possessors of two baby garden tractors also. Slim Woods imported one last winter to work his potato farm and after seeing it, Otto Christensen and Bill Jonasson decided to build one. They gathered up two or three old car wheels, some tin cans, a few rubber sealer rings, a few bits of string and Lo! and behold when all mixed together it turned out to be a first class two horse-power garden tractor.

The kids and the rest of us are all quite happy about the fact that both our school teachers, Miss Armstrong and Miss Mills, are coming back in September. Miss Mills and our Miss Audrey Rogers spent part of the summer in Montreal and Boston. The R.W. Davis family left early in August on a motor holiday to Salt Lake City, Utah, and surrounding points.

Bush fires were the source of considerable anxiety and called for some hard work during the month of June. They threatened the power line several times and the Indian Village was seriously menaced for a while.

Beryl Rutherford, with Neil and Gerald. Keith Olson and Wayne Shaw.

Number  5 November 1948

Lyle Reid and son Doug with "Curly."

Doug and Ada Russell with Jeff and Judy.

Art and Tilley Wenman on their wedding day.

Alice and Gordon Kitchen visit
Freddy Bowman.

HERE it is September 24th and we haven't had a killing frost yet. The gardens are still growing and some flower plots are still blooming freely. This is exceptional for these parts as we usually have a stout frost early in September. The records indicate this is the latest date without a killing frost since 1930. In that year the first severe frost occurred the second week in October. Never have the trees been as pretty as they were this fall in their beautiful autumn colors. It looked like good material for our colored-film camera fans.

Bill Shaw left here on September 13th. He has accepted a position with the Brazilian Traction Company in Brazil. Bill was a senior member of our operating staff, having been here since 1930 except for a couple of years in the navy. The week end before his departure the Community Club held a smoker in his honor and presented him with a smart travelling case. The day he left Bill received word of his father's death in Edmonton. We extend our sincere sympathy and wish you the best of luck in your new work, Bill.

Early in September our little population received quite a shaking up. The university boys left to return to their various schools. Lowell Christensen left to attend Briercrest Bible Institute at Caronport, Sask. Gala Wachowich journeyed to Winnipeg to attend high school and the three Olson sisters, Gladys, Jo-Ann and Rose, of Whitesand, returned to school at St. Rose du Lac. George Hornal was transferred back to Flin Flon and Scotty Boyes came up to take over his job in the mechanical department. About this time, too, Mrs. C. Birston with daughter Arlene returned to Flin Flon after spending the summer here as playground supervisor. Late in September Audrey Rowlett left our employment to take a beauty salon course in Saskatoon. Prior to her departure several delightful social functions and presentations were held in her honor.

On September 12th we received word from British Columbia of the death of Bob McNicol. Up until the time of his illness last winter Bob had been working here for several years. Bob was a very active member of our small community and word of his death came as a sudden shock to his many friends (large and small) here.

September 17th will long remain a most memorable day in local history due to it being the day we were honored with a short visit from His Excellency Viscount Alexander, Governor-General of Canada. His Excellency had lunch here then flew to Flanagan Lake for a few hours fishing. He returned to Flin Flon late in the afternoon.

We now have carrier current telephone connections with Mile 13, Flin Flon, Sherridon and Snow Lake. With this type of telephone equipment the speech is transmitted over the high voltage power lines, thus doing away with the necessity of separate telephone lines.

On Sunday, August 29th, we had the pleasure of a tournament with a plane load of Sherridon golfers. They flew over in the morning and returned to Sherridon by plane that evening. The weather man was kind and a good time was had by all.

Trappers throughout this area report timber wolves to be quite numerous. They seem to think this is the reason for so many moose being seen in the water and along the lake shores this fall. A year ago we released two dozen ring-necked pheasants on the island. There are none to be found hereabouts now, however, but we have no trouble raising our perennial two or three families of prairie chicken (sharp-tailed grouse).

Just like many other places, our school is getting bigger each year. Both last year's teachers are back with us. We have two class rooms. Miss D. Mills has 18 pupils in grades 1, 2 and 3 in one room, and Miss M. Armstrong has the 13 seniors in the other room.

Mrs. McLeish (visitor from Scotland) with some new friends.

Maisie Gray enjoys northern backwoods.

Bill Grayson, spare-time farmer. New summer sport joy-riding on garden tractor.

Number 6

No Island Falls article in this issue.