Categories: New Magazines

New Prairie History Magazines

Your Genealogy May/June 2016
Featured Articles:
"The "Hail Mary" Genealogical Search", by Leland Meitzler
"Don't Ignore Census Enumerators Post-1870", by Stuart W. Doyle
"The Homesteaders", by Colleen Callahan Wells

Alberta History Spring 2016, Vol. 64, No. 2
Featured Articles:
"Englishmen in the West", by William H. Williams
"The Long Newsreel", by Brock Silversides
"Western Canadian Identity on the Menu", by Kesial Kvill

Family Tree Magazine May/June 2016
Featured Articles:
"Hiding in the Census", by David A. Fryxell
"Reeling in the Clues", Maureen A. Taylor
"Mapping it out", by Lisa A. Alzo

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Categories: New Magazines

New Prairie History Magazines

NGS Magazine, April-June, 2016
Featured Articles:
"Disputes and Unhappy Differences," by Sharon Tate Moody
"A Genealogical Timeline as a Research Tool," by Stephen B. Hatton
"California Historic Missions and Their Records," by Sheila Benedict

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 104, No. 1, March 2016
Featured Articles:
"Thinking Philosophically About Genealogy," by Stephen B. Hatton
"Aaron Strickland's North Carolina Origin," by Laurel T. Batty

Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Bulletin, Vol. 47, No. 1, April 2016
Featured Articles:
"Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales in the Digital Age"
"Book Reviews"
"Zichydorf Village Association"

History Now-The Historical Society of Alberta, No. 2, April 2016
Featured Articles
"Digital Launch of Alberta's Coal Industry 1919," by Bill Mackay
"Frog Lake Cemetery Challenge," by Allen Ronaghan

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Categories: PHR Programs

RPL Program: Maggie Siggins: Scattered Bones.

Maggie Siggins is the author of such works as "Riel: a Life of Revolution" and "Marie-Anne: The Extraordinary Life of Louis Riel's Grandmother." In 1992, she won the Governor General's Award for Literary Merit for "Revenge of the Land: A Century of Greed, Tragedy and Murder on a Saskatchewan Farm." Join us for a reading of Maggie's latest work, "Scattered Bones." A Prairie History Room program in collaboration with Coteau Books.For more information, contact: phr@reginalibrary.ca

Monday, May 2nd, 7:00-8:30 pm
RPL Film Theatre, Central Library

Please pre-register at 306.777.6039 or via: phr@reginalibrary.ca


Categories: Regina History

Naughty Books in the Regina Public Library

When doing some research the other day, I came across this interesting tidbit in Earl Drake's "Regina: The Queen City," published in 1955:

"..Puritanism was also evident in the public library. The Daily Province reported that a young lady had asked a librarian for a 'naughty book.' She was informed brusquely that the Regina Public Library had no such books and that a strict censorship was maintained constantly against the acquisition of any immoral or irreverent literature."

This exchange apparently occurred in 1913.

The Prairie History Room also doesn't have any "naughty," immoral or irreverent books, but features over 2,000 local histories, filled with fascinating glimpses of the past; why not come in and have a look at our shelves.

Warren, Prairie History Room


Categories: Regina History

Neil Joseph "Piffles" Taylor

This week I was assisting a patron looking for information on Neil Joseph Taylor, whose nickname was "Piffles." Taylor Field is named after him. He was quarterback for the Regina Rugby Team, forerunners of today's Roughriders, but joined the Royal Flying Corp. in 1915. Taylor was seriously wounded, losing an eye when his plane was shot down; he finished the war as a POW. On his return home, however, Taylor refused to let his injuries prevent him from resuming his playing career; this interesting anecdote is found in the book "Rider Pride" by Bob Calder and Garry Andrews, part of the Prairie History Room collection:

"...In a game in Calgary in 1919, Taylor suddenly halted play while he got down on all fours and began searching the ground. It soon became obvious that a crushing tackle had jarred his glass eye loose and he was looking for it in the turf. When the missing orb was found, Taylor calmly put it back in the socket and proceeded to call signals before the horrified gaze of both friends and foes."

Legend has it that Taylor spit on the eye to clean it before returning it to its rightful place.

Football players were sure tough in olden days. And Taylor must have been a great natural athlete to be able to quarterback with only one eye.

Warren James, Prairie History Room.


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazine

Folklore: Saskatchewan's Yesterday's Personified, Spring 2016

Featured Articles:
"Tornado Versus Library" by Keith Foster
"St. Thomas-Wesley United Church: Importance of Church in the City" by Jill Doepker
"The Library in the Park" by Shirley Lomheim
"Interview: Fahlman on WWII Telegraphs" by Bill Armstrong
"Antiques Found in Saskatchewan: Part Four" by Ruth Lee-Knight

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Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazine

Generations: The Manitoba Genealogical Society Volume 41, No. 1 (March 2016)

Featured Articles:

"Our Library" by Mavis Gray
"Have You Been to Salt Lake City?" by Susan Kuzmak
"The Manitoba Name Index: an Update" by Sandra Havig

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Categories: Stories From Our Past

The Return of Jesse James -- or maybe not.

A short blurb in Frank Anderson's "Outlaws of Manitoba" (found in the Prairie History Room collection), discusses the time my distinguished ancestor visited our neighboring province:

"The young man called himself Jesse James and he strode down the single main street of Portage la Prairie with his spurs glinting in the sunlight and two pearl-handled Colts dangling from a gunbelt. He scowled appropriately at people...

"After a week...the rumor circulated that someone had met the real Jesse James and vowed that Portage was being honored by the presence of the original badman himself. From then on, people walked more carefully whenever the stranger trod the short stretch of wood sidewalk in front of the miniature business district...

"Then Mr. James went a bit too far. He started ordering people off the sidewalk as he honored it with his presence...

"A Portage district farmer, in town for the day..tied his horse and buggy to the hitching post in front of the saloon and started down the sidewalk to the general store. At that precise moment, Mr. James placed his foot on the walk at the store and headed for the saloon.

"They met just about mid-way.

"'Jesse James' tapped his gun butts, motioning the farmer to step aside into the dusty road.

"It took the man a few moments to comprehend what was going on -- he was probably trying to remember all the things his wife wanted from the store -- but when he did understand, he described Mr. James' genealogical descent in two non-heraldic words, grabbed the badman by the seat of the fancy pants and deposited him in the dust.

"Without a backward glance, he stalked on and disappeared into the general store.

"Mr. 'James" picked himself up; didn't pause to dust himself off; and scurried for the livery stable. In a few moments, a cloud of dust on the prairie trail marked the end of the visit of Jesse James to Portage la Prairie."

Warren James, Prairie History Room.


Categories: Stories From Our Past

Stories from the Prairie History Collection

The books in the Prairie History Room collection contain many interesting stories from Saskatchewan's past; consider this rather grisly remembrance:

Willings came into the district and stayed with Joe Rivers. He came from Montreal to this part to take up a homestead. He was a young man, just recently married. He left his wife in Montreal, promising to send for her after finding land and building a shack or a cabin. One morning, he walked to Cole's store for his mail, expecting a letter from his wife. On the way home, he stayed at Howie's for supper. They wanted him to stay all night, but he said, "Oh no, Joe will be looking for me, and will be worried if I don't get home." It was a beautiful moonlit night when he started out across country. A blizzard came up suddenly and he became lost. He went around and around in circles for hours. His feet soon began to freeze. Eventually, he came upon an old empty shack. There was a stove, but no pipes were in place. He went up to the roof, put them up, and soon had a fire going. He melted snow for water. When morning came, his feet were so sore that he couldn't walk. He crawled on his hands and knees the 3 miles back to Howie's, the place he had supper the night before.

There was so much snow, that old Mr. Howie couldn't travel to notify the police whose nearest headquarters were at Battleford, 110 miles away. The old man was forced to wait till spring to take Willings to Battleford. One day, a while later, Bulgar MacRae was rambling around visiting the neighbors. At one of these visits, he was told about the man with the frozen feet who was at Howie's. He went immediately to see the man and found him in a terrible condition. The toes were rotting and the flesh was falling away until the bones became visible. Bulgar returned home and with his brother, George, rigged up a sleigh. Then they went home and brought the sick man to their brother Kit's home. Two neighbors, Jack Currins and John Elford, came and helped the MacRae brothers build a sort of toboggan on which to take Willings to Battleford...

...The trip to Battleford took 9 days. When they arrived, a doctor attended and wanted to amputate immediately. Willings wouldn't consent because he wanted to go to his home at Montreal before having an amputation. A wire was sent to his home in Montreal for his fare. The wire was sent on Sat., and the money received on Sun. Willings left that day for home. The doctor made arrangements by wire to have doctors meet the train at various stations enroute to Montreal. By the time he reached Montreal, gangrene had set in and both feet had to be amputated immediately...

Willings was a carpenter by trade, and he made himself artificial feet and continued his trade as a carpenter at Esquimalt, B.C.

From "Where the meadowlark sings --: Major memories" by the Major History Book Society, 1992, part of the Prairie History Room collection.


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazine for March 9

Family Tree Magazine March/April 2016

"Speaking Their Language," by James M. Beidler
"Foreign Affairs," by Rick Crume
"Triple Threat," by Sunny Jane Morton
"Under the Big Top," by Denise May Levenick
"Going by the Books," by Dana McCullough and Diane Haddad

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