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Shoal Lake Businesses 1979

The town of Elphinstone celebrated its centennial in 1979 and the Shoal Lake Star printed a special issue commemorating the event. Several Shoal Lake companies advertised in the paper including Menzies Department Store where Junction 16 Clothing is today, and … Continue reading

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Two Aerial Views of Shoal Lake

Former resident Terry Lewycky sent me a couple of aerial views of Shoal Lake from the 1980s. Above is a great summer shot taken by Pradniuk Advertising about 1982. Terry was Advertising Manager for Travel Manitoba (remember the slogan Good … Continue reading

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Towering Spruce

This photograph was taken by Mark Fikkert in May 2015. Past the spruce trees around the edge of the lake is the RCMP Museum.

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Griffin Family Inquiry

Reid Dickie Today I received this inquiry: Hello, I’m the curator at the Wellington County Museum and Archives near Fergus, Ontario and am looking into the William James Griffin Jr. family of Shoal Lake. William’s uncle, William A. Griffin, was … Continue reading

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SL History Blog 3rd Anniversary

Reid Dickie Three years ago today I began sharing this blog with the world and the world has responded! Almost 15,000 views have been recorded since March 30, 2011, a pleasing and rather surprising number. This represents people from 73 … Continue reading

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The Lonesomes: 16 Prairie Stories

Reid Dickie This falls under the category of blatant self-promotion. When you drive down a country road and see a lonesome old farmhouse, sun-baked and tumbling down or a busted-up half ton rusting away on a rise or an abandoned … Continue reading

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School Opening Program 1962

Reid Dickie Looking through a box of family stuff I came across this program from the Nov. 16, 1962 opening of the newly-built Shoal Lake elementary school (right side of picture) and the transition of the red brick school to … Continue reading

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Requesting info on Charles Concordia

I received this contact from Don Menzies: This is a long shot but I recently heard a story that might be true.  During WW1, a boy from New York state spent a year or two with relatives (possibly) in Shoal … Continue reading

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M. J. G. McMULLEN – Who?

Reid Dickie He was manager of North American Lumber in Transcona where he became president of their board of trade. He was a Transcona school trustee and elected five times as a town Councillor. He was main organizer in the Transcona … Continue reading

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Phoenix Family History Request

Reid Dickie I received this email from Robert Boynton in Calgary this weekend. The homestead was between Shoal Lake and Strathclair. If anyone has information to help out Robert, he came be emailed at rctboynton@shaw.ca Robert’s email: Thanks for having this website. The Phoenix family … Continue reading

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