Bill Lewycky was an astute businessman who, along with his family, contributed to the town for over forty years. He was Shoal Lake’s mayor from 1981 to 1989. Recently Bill passed away and his sons, Dennis and Terry, and grandson, Kutwa, assembled a touching tribute to him. The 4:41 video traces his life in pictures. Click on Bill’s picture to watch the video.
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Shoal Lake Minute #14
SHOAL LAKE BY THE NUMBERS PART TWO
* After three years of waiting, Shoal Lake finally got its first Lotto 6/49 machine in 1984, thanks to Henderson’s Pharmacy.
* In 1972, Joe Sytnyk grew a turnip that weighed 17 lbs, 14 oz or just over eight kilograms.
* The Canadian Mathematical Congress and the Actuaries Club of Winnipeg held a mathematics competition in 1967 and Gordon Findlay of Shoal Lake won his district, placing 39th out of 566 competitors. Another local lad, Ted Hart, came in 45th, earning an honourable mention.
* At the 1949 Brandon Fair, Len Hetherington entered two white Plymouth Rock hens, two white Plymouth cocks and two white Plymouth Rock pullets. He won first and second prize in each entry, garnering another first for his Toulouse gander.
* Ten pounds of white sugar was selling for 74 cents at Thornbeck’s store in 1940.
* In 1934, Ed Arnold sold his prize-winning horse Croydon Gaiety to Alex Goodfellow of Ontario. The three-year-old horse won second place on two occasions in Toronto, first place four times in Brandon and grand champion yearling in Brandon.
* Shoal Lake’s population in 1928 was 770.
* In 1917, gasoline cost 36 cents a gallon.
*The local vital statistics for 1911: R. M. of Shoal Lake: 16 births, 6 deaths and 1 marriage. Village of Shoal Lake: 19 birth, 5 deaths and 7 marriages.
*The auditor’s report from 1904 states the R. M. of Shoal Lake had a $182.21 balance on hand. The report claimed 1240 people lived in the municipality with 15,000 acres under cultivation.
Header photograph of Shoal Lake from the air circa 1950
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