Vantage Points Flashbacks


Belonging


These stories are inspired by the 5 Vantage Points books written by Teyana Neufeld and Ken Storie. We (David Neufeld with help from Betty Sawatsky) have adapted those written versions for radio and podcasts. We found added information about personalities in the stories from local history books, interviews with elders and the Manitoba Heritage Society website. And so many of these stories are told from a historical person's point of view.

We have three aims in telling these stories.

1. For local history to be compelling; encouraging us to appreciate this land, its people and their stories.
2. For the voicing of a variety of points of view
(vantage points) to inspire cooperation as a region.
3. For stories of resilience and resistance to be represented; helping us move respectfully, confidently into uncertain times.

Enjoy



Themes

a.Trails & Rivers
b. Railways 
c. Fur Trade
d. Metis & Mixed Blood               
e. Dakota, Nakota & First Nations   
f. Settler - Pre-Railroad 
g. Community Cooperation & Organization
h. Schools & Teachers     
i. Churches & Religion    

j. Innovation, Tools & Entrepreneurs       
k. Women Leaders
 l. Children     
m. Health
n. Homesteading / Agriculture
o. Land Knowledge & Archaeology   
p,
Commerce & Work 
q. Cross Cultural Learning 
r. Biographies &Characters    
s.Celebration
t. War & Conflict
u Government Influence      
v. Animals
w. Events & Adventures           
x. Recreation    
 

A small number of these stories have been converted to videos and are available on youTube - as noted.

You may browse all of our local history resources arranged around themes and locations.



The Master  List  / Sequenced as First Broadcast on CJRB

#1: Goodbye at Sourisford 
Charlie West felt invisible at Sourisford, before other began to arrive.
Date: 1880   Place: Sourisford   : Municipality:  Two Borders    

Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  | 
Resources
   

Themes
Trails & Rivers  / Fur Trade / Dakota, Nakota & First Nations  / Community Cooperation & Organization

#2: Bridge At Bunclody  /   Railway Construction /
Almost all trains, he said, went east and west, but this one was going north and south, making new connections and hopefully opening markets for us and our neighbours.


Themes
Trails & Rivers     Railways     Settler Pre-Railroad   Innovation, Tools & Entrepreneurs    Commerce & Work

#3: Mrs. Weightman 
From Scorland to Dand - a pioneer woman's success story.

Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  | 
Resources


Themes
Trails & Rivers    Settler - Pre-Railroad    Women Leaders   Children     Homesteading / Agriculture   Biographies &Characters

#4: Whitewater Lake 
Change is the only constant when it come to this large shallow body of water.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

Trails & Rivers      Fur Trade    Dakota, Nakota & First Nations    Settler - Pre-Railroad      Children

#5: Blizzard at West Brenda
A young teacher and her students spent a long night in the schoolhouse.  "The snow hit us with such force we were gasping. I couldn't even see my hand, stretched out."

Themes
  Community Cooperation & Organization    Schools & Teachers     Women Leaders     Children      Events & Adventures

#6: A Deal's a Deal /   Treaties
How did the Treaties come about?
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes
  Metis & Mixed Blood      Dakota, Nakota & First Nations    Community Cooperation & Organization     
 
Homesteading / Agriculture          Government Influence

#7: The Purple Hill Beef Ring
"My father called a meeting and 20 families agreed to take turns offering the group one steer a year."
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes
 
Community Cooperation & Organization     Innovation, Tools & Entrepreneurs    Women Leaders  Children      Homesteading / Agriculture       

#8: Prairie Riches /   Photos by Hime
Observations by the first Prairie Photographer
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes


#9 John Pritchard /   Barely Alive
A Fur Trade Era survival story.
#10: The Sisters at Grande Clairiere
Father Gaire a Catholic priest from France to establish a mission in Manitoba. He chose the site of
French speaking Metis community south of Oak Lake and was welcomed.

Themes
      Metis & Mixed Blood        Schools & Teachers    Women Leaders    Children     Biographies &Characters.        Government Influence

#11: Sam Long - Laundry Man 
Many Chinese men came to Canada for railway building work, and many stayed on to do other things.
#12: Kicking up our Heels at Billy's Point   / The Metigoshe Metis Community /
 Billy Gosslin was a hunter and a trapper - and a Red River Metis. He had moved to Lake Metigoshe from North Dakota and settled on the west side of Turtle Mountain.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

     
Metis & Mixed Blood         Community Cooperation & Organization    Biographies &Characters    Celebration   Recreation

#13: Overlooking Fire 
The complicated history of the prairie fire, and the changes brought by Euro-settlers
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

    
Dakota, Nakota & First Nations    Settler - Pre-Railroad      Innovation, Tools & Entrepreneurs       Homesteading / Agriculture      Land Knowledge & Archaeology


#14: What Happened to Manchester? 
Manchester wasn't the first town to find out that the name they chose was already taken.

#15: The Legend of Wakopa 
Bernard LaRiviere's Stopping Place became southwestern Manitoba's first "settler" village - and an important one at that.

Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  | 
Resources

Themes

Metis & Mixed Blood     Dakota, Nakota & First Nations  Settler - Pre-Railroad    Schools & Teachers  
Land Knowledge & Archaeology       Biographies &Characters

16: Story In a Stone 
The story of buffalo rubbing stones many of which are still identifiable on the prairie landscape..
#17: Master Newcomb 
Each of the hundreds of homesteads registered in southwest Manitoba in the early 1880's required a visit to the Land Tiltes Office near Deloraine.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

Trails & Rivers           Dakota, Nakota & First Nations    Settler - Pre-Railroad        Homesteading / Agriculture     Biographies &Characters      Government Influence

#18:  The Edwards Sisters / Prairie Entrepreneurs
The Edwards sisters graduated from Menota school with few available options. They could marry – or - get teacher training and then marry. But their true love was always with clothing.

#19: Eaton's Catalogue / Even The Schoolhouse Bell  
We’ve been able to order everything from fashion to furnishings through the Eaton’s Catalogue – ever since it first came out in 1884, just when this part of the province was filling up with settlers.

#20: The Empress of Ireland (A Prairie Riverboat)
Folks in Coulter would ask what is our local blacksmith doing building a riverboat in the middle of the prairies?
#21 Sitting Eagle 
A visit from Sitting Eagle, the grandson of H'damani, the leader of IR #60, was an event many a child would remember.

Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  | 
Resources
Themes

  Dakota, Nakota & First Nations      Children    Land Knowledge & Archaeology     Cross Cultural Learning 
Biographies &Characters      Government Influence

#22: Deloraine's Dr.Thornton  /  Doctor As Needed  
Dr. Robert Thornton was there for the  folks of the Deloraine area - wherever called, and, whatever the weather.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

Trails & Rivers      Metis & Mixed Blood      Health         Cross Cultural Learning       Biographies &Characters       Animals

#23: Mrs.Doctor Indeed 

We women got together last year, 1910, to form the Deloraine Women's Institute - and I'm its first president. I chuckled when the newspaper declared “Mrs. Robert J Thornton (Dr. Thornton's wife) First WI president!”
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

            Community Cooperation & Organization        Women Leaders       Biographies &Characters        

24: Farmer Mary at Dand

A different sort of pioneer story
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

      Settler - Pre-Railroad   Community Cooperation & Organization     Innovation, Tools & Entrepreneurs    Women Leaders
Children
       Homesteading / Agriculture          Government Influence

25: Sankey Explores the World
Sankey's  first sea voyage was to China and Australia, at age 16. He later joiuned the crew of the Cutty Sark, aclipper famous for tales of munity and murder!  
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources
 

Themes

Settler - Pre-Railroad    Community Cooperation & Organization     Cross Cultural Learning  Biographies &Characters    War & Conflict

Events & Adventures

#26: Sankey at Waskada 
After seeing the world as a sailor, Charles Sankey settled down in Waskada - where he made a real impact.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

Community Cooperation & Organization      Schools & Teachers    Land Knowledge & Archaeology     Biographies &Characters

27: True Education  / Verona School
Like many a one room school, it went from being the "centre of this community" to being merely a "Historic Site.
#28 Fiesty Sisters  The Beynons
Raised and educated near Hartney, Lillian Beynon became the Assistant Editor of the Winnipeg Free Press Eeekly - with her own column. Francis was the Editor of the women's page of the Grain Growers Guide.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

 Schools & Teachers    Churches & Religion      Women Leaders        Commerce & Work          Biographies &Characters

#29 Walter Thomas - Before Dinner 
Sometimes survical is about, choices

Themes

Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Trails & Rivers           Settler - Pre-Railroad      Community Cooperation & Organization         Innovation, Tools & Entrepreneurs      Health     Land Knowledge & Archaeology      Biographies &Characters    Events & Adventures


#30: Walter Thomas - After Dinner 

After a freak accident, some good fortune and a bit of kitchen table surgery saved his life.
Radio Broadcast  |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

Trails & Rivers             Settler - Pre-Railroad      Land Knowledge & Archaeology       Biographies &Characters

#31: Ready to Dig at GainsboroughCreek
 
People farmed in Southwest Manitoba many centuroes ago. They farmed the same fields beside Gainsborough Creek for over 200 years - growing corn, squash and beans.

#32: The Nakota  
The Nakota were frequently allies with explorers and fur traders. They enjoyed the benefits they got from trading but they were vulnerable to deceases Europeans brought.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

Fur Trade      Dakota, Nakota & First Nations     Schools & Teachers    Land Knowledge & Archaeology   Cross Cultural Learning        War & Conflict

#33: The Rats Of Cranmer 
The collapse of an elevator in Cranmer could have been dangerous, but there was some warning.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

  Railways       Community Cooperation & Organization        Homesteading / Agriculture        Animals   Events & Adventures

#34: Miss Pauline (Johnson)
The celebrated poet toured extensively across Canada. She even came to Napinka, where she made quite an impression.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

           Dakota, Nakota & First Nations      Women Leaders   Children    Cross Cultural Learning   Biographies &Characters   War & Conflict 

#35: The Dakota
In the 1870's a delegation of Dakota-Sioux led by Chief H'damani sought  a reserve on Turtle Mountain. They had lived there in peace since 1862.
#36: Ninety - Acre Island (On Max Lake)
Max Lske was a recreational site, sawmill site... and for some a home.

#37: George Morton / The Cheese King 
The name of the Municipality of Boissevain pays tribute to George Morton. He came to Turtle Mountain area in 1878 - and immediately saw the potential for large-scale cheese production - and other things.
#38: Mennonites 
In 1924 a Mennonite family arrived in Whitwater to join other who had decided to start a new life in Canada.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

Railways       Churches & Religion      Women Leaders    Cross Cultural Learning      Biographies &Characters   War & Conflict     Government Influence

#39: Turtle Mountain Reserve  #60
The smallest Indian Reserve in Manitoba seemed to be doing well until the powers that be decided it should be "surrendered".
#40: Mouse Valley 
River valleys offer shelter, water, and wood to settler, hunter and traveller alike. The Souris River has been all that and more to the people of our region - for a long time.
#41: Alma Dale / The Chain Lakes Friends 
Friends got the name “Quakers” because of the way folks shake when profoundly moved by the Spirit.
Mrs. Alma Dale from Ontario came to the Chain Lakes area as a Minister iand made quite an impact.


Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  | 
Resources

 Community Cooperation & Organization     Churches & Religion    Women Leaders     Homesteading / Agriculture     
Biographies & Characters
    
Celebration       Animals

#42: Hutterites
"We're Anabaptists, which means we're Christians but aren't Catholic or Protestant."

Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  | 
Resources

Themes

 Community Cooperation & Organization    Schools & Teachers      Churches & Religion     Children      Homesteading / Agriculture     Cross Cultural Learning     War & Conflict    Government Influence

#43: Buffalo Hunting / Buffalo Summer Hunt 
 Imagine, riding, full gallop within a tornado of stampeding buffalo, your knees steering your horse, filling your musket on the run, your mouth full of shot and your horn swith gunpowder, firing, reloading and firing again, perhaps 20 times in one run. It's a highly skilled, daring and disciplined affair.

#44: Winter Hunt  
Hunting buffalo at Turlte Mountain in the winter presents some challenges.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

     Fur Trade      Metis & Mixed Blood     Dakota, Nakota & First Nations          Innovation, Tools & Entrepreneurs              Animals

#45: Mountainside
Mountainside is one of several stops on the Lyleton branch. That railway is fondly remembered as the lifeline of small communities.

Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

Railways            Schools & Teachers       Children       Commerce & Work     Celebration       Animals

#46: The Doctrine of Discovery
How did Europeans get the land from Indigenous Nations? There was one official religion in Europe at that time, so that church had a lot of power. Its leader proclaimed the “Doctrine of Discovery” giving European Christian nations the right to claim virtually all of North America.
#47: My Jim Dandy
Jim first moved to Pierson from Ontario with his birth family in 1891. Six years later, at the age of 31, he built and operated Pierson’s first hardware store
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

            Settler - Pre-Railroad    Innovation, Tools & Entrepreneurs  Women Leaders    Health      Commerce & Work    
Biographies & Characters


#48 War Training
The Commonwealth Air Training Field near Hartney was an important part of the WW2 war effort..
Radio Broadcast Intro   Radio Broadcast |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

                    Community Cooperation & Organization      Land Knowledge & Archaeology         War & Conflict   Government Influence

#49: Objecting To War
T
he Mennonite religion teaches that we must not do violence to others; that it's wrong to fight in wars; which makes it easy to think they we're soft on Hitler. But in reality they reject any authority that uses violence.

Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  | 
Resources


Themes

  Women Leaders       Churches & Religion    Cross Cultural Learning    Biographies & Characters
War & Conflict   Government Influence

#50: Jimmy Jock
Most Westman pioneers arrived from the east, Ontario mostly. James (Jimmy) Jock went to BC first then travelled  east again. He is the first resident of Minto cemetery.
#51: War Bride  
As a young English woman during WWII, Vera Booker's parents forbade her to do anything with the Canadian soldiers stationed nearby. She didn't listen. That's how she ended up in Waskada!

Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

   Railways             Women Leaders      Cross Cultural Learning      Biographies &Characters        War & Conflict

#52: Mountain Mill 
Those sod houses prairie settlers built seem quaint from a distance. They served their purpose but settlers  near Turtle Mountain had  a suuply of wood close at hand and it wasn't long before The Max Lake sawmill was servoing the commimity.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

                Settler - Pre-Railroad         Innovation, Tools & Entrepreneurs            Commerce & Work    Biographies &Characters         Government Influence

#53: Mission School
The Christian Endeavor Society operated a school on Turtle Mountain Reserve for a short while in the mid 1890's.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

Dakota, Nakota & First Nations     Community Cooperation & Organization           Schools & Teachers    Churches & Religion        Children          Government Influence

#54: Rest Rooms Designed By Women
The Women's Institute set out to improve life for rural women. Establishing Rest Rooms for women and children was a high priority. We owe them thanks.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  | 
Resources

Themes

  Community Cooperation & Organization     Women Leaders    Children     Celebration    Government Influence

#55: Mining the Mountain
The Salter and Henderson mines , near Goodlands, became the most successful in Manitoba. They were separated by a barbed-wire fence.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  | 
Resources

Themes

Railways      Innovation, Tools & Entrepreneurs    Children      Land Knowledge & Archaeology    Commerce & Work 
Biographies & Characters     War & Conflict


#56: Gone To The Dogs  / Dog Training in Broomhill
Each summer whole families, mainly from the southern United States,  showed up in Broomhill. The local terain and climate was ideal for training hunting dogs.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

Community Cooperation & Organization    Homesteading / Agriculture  Cross Cultural Learning   Biographies &Characters     Animals
 

#57:  The Drowsy Cow 
Railway accidents were common and sometimes dangerous. Sometimes livestock was involved.

#58:  Elephants at Melita
It was around 1950. A Circus had visited Melita and was was heading to its next stop,when one of the trucks got stuck on a muddy road. Fortunately there were elephants to help out.

#59: Belgian Horses  /  Belgian Immigration in the Deloraine area.
The Government of Canada was advertising land. And new beginnings were what Belgian farmers needed. The open prairie sparkled in our minds as we prepared to come. Good thing we didn't know how rustic it'd be. And how we'd miss our big black horses. W

Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

     Churches & Religion    Innovation, Tools & Entrepreneurs    Children     Homesteading / Agriculture   Cross Cultural Learning  Biographies & Characters         Government Influence

#60: Paint by Roller - Norman Breakey of Pierson
Long after leaving his home town of Pierson, Mr. Breakey made a really usefull invention.
#61: Concrete Block Construction  / Home Blocks  
What made this grand home affordable back in 1904, was that the Palmer block maker allowed the owner-builder to make blocks on-site with local gravel!
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources

Themes

  Innovation, Tools & Entrepreneurs   Children     Land Knowledge & Archaeology    Commerce & Work    Celebration

62: Smallpox  
In 1492 smallpox became endemic on the Euro-Asian and African continents. Residents there carried the disease but were immune to its effects. Noth American were not.
Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  | 
Resources

Themes

Fur Trade    Dakota, Nakota & First Nations       Health     Government Influence    Animals



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