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Surrey International Writers Conference

The Surrey International Writers Conference is again held this year at the Sheraton Hotel at Surrey BC. There is a great lineup of speakers and it should be an exciting time. This is the link to the conference site: http://www.siwc.ca

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Vance Turner Connect Blog

I have been contributing some of my Dad’s stories to a blog which deals with my extended family. The blog is at VanceTurnerConnect.wordpress.com

Deadman’s Island

On June 1, 2013 at Herb Lake Landing MB we will dedicate a plaque to the memory of the persons who are buried in the abandoned graveyard at Herb Lake. This has raised questions about other gravesites along the lakeshore before the establishment of the graveyard circa 1934/5.

This is from Peter Dunlop: There is a grave supposedly on Deadman’s Island. (Quite) a few years ago I was on that island shortly after some canoe tourists who had camped there departed. They had started a fire which wasn’t properly put out which consumed most of the underbrush and burnables. When I got there it was still smoking. There is a typical prospectors type rock trench on the island but I didn’t see any sign of a grave. Because it is mostly rock it struck me as a difficult place for a gravesite.  Does anyone have info on a gravesite, or how the island was named?

Deadman’s Island

On June 1, 2013 at Herb Lake Landing MB we will dedicate a plaque to the memory of the persons who are buried in the abandoned graveyard at Herb Lake. This has raised questions about other gravesites along the lakeshore before the establishment of the graveyard circa 1934/5.

This is from Peter Dunlop:

There is a grave supposedly on Deadman’s Island. (Quite) a few years ago I was on that island shortly after some canoe tourists who had camped there departed. They had started a fire which wasn’t properly put out which consumed most of the underbrush and burnables. When I got there it was still smoking. There is a typical prospectors type rock trench on the island but I didn’t see any sign of a grave. Because it is mostly rock it struck me as a difficult place for a gravesite.  Does anyone have info on a gravesite, or how the island was named?

Welcome to Herb Lake 100

Welcome to the Herb Lake Blog for discussion mainly about the ghost town of Herb Lake in Northern Manitoba.

Please check out our site at http://www.herblake100.ca for info on Herb Lake or our site at http://www.herblake.ca for info on Herb Lake Landing.

Voters’ List 1958

Comment by Hazel Corman:  My name is on the voters’ list but neither Jim or myself remember voting in 1958.  We were in Herb Lake for a couple months at that time to help Jim’s dad, Albert, with the winter fishing and we stayed with his folks. Eric and Mary Stoltz lived next door.  Merle and Darlene were babies and Mary and I used to pull them in sleighs all the way to Eric’s parents’ place for afternoon tea.

This was the same winter, just before Christmas, that Mrs. Stoltz passed away.  She got up that morning and baked her Christmas cakes and then she told Carl that she didn’t feel good, so she went to sleep and passed away.

When Carl discovered that his wife had died, he phoned Cormans, whose ring was 2 long and 2 short, and they went over to his house. Jim then drove his Dad’s bombardier to Snow Lake over the frozen lake to bring the Mountie back to Herb Lake.  Bombardiers were large vehicles with treads that could travel on snow and ice, used for winter fishing.

 It was a stormy night to travel over the frozen lake and Jim recalls that coming back to Herb Lake, the Mountie got  tangled in the cord that was used to tie the passenger door closed.

It was sad for the community when Mrs. Stoltz died but we will always remember her making Christmas cake before she passed away.

Herb Lake Blog

Welcome to the Herb Lake Blog for discussion mainly about the ghost town of Herb Lake in Northern Manitoba.

Please check out our site at http://www.herblake100.ca for info on Herb Lake or our site at http://www.herblake.ca for info on Herb Lake Landing.