Tuesday, August 10, 2021

1937 Driest Year Of The 1930s

 April 14: Dad sharpening harrow teeth. Bud started plowing today.  (Early)

May 8: A frost froze the crop down. 

May 10: Uncle Horrie went to Lipton with barley. Got soaked coming home. 

May 14: Rained some in the afternoon. 

May 20: Digging a hole in the slough to get drinking water.

June 18: Last night it rained pretty hard. 

June 30: The big slough being practically empty Uncle Horrie, Bud and I started to scrape out a dugout on the edge of the slough using Topsy and Gleam. After dinner Bud brought Bill and Snap as it was too stony to scrape out otherwise. 

July 1: Both uncles, Roy and I working on the dugout using King and Duke for scraping. We were working in water at the finish. 

July 4: Weather very dry and crops burning up. 

July 5: The temperature rose to 104F by 2 PM this afternoon. A dust storm, wind and some rain came along in the afternoon and afterwards the temperature dropped to 57. 

July 11: Between 3 and 4 pm the rain came and it rained for about an hour. The biggest rain we've had for years and when we went out we found the pasture sloughs nearly full of water. It had washed deep furrows out in the summerfallow and must have flowed in a stream 30 yards across down in our valley. Most of our neighbours North and South didn't seem to get much rain. 

July 14: Roy and I cleaned out the drinking water well on the edge of the big slough but it was not a very satisfactory job as the dirt kept caving in under the crib. 

July 25:. Heard that Dick Barton, Philip Lutz and other young fellows have gone to Manitoba to get work harvesting. 

Aug 2: Dad started cutting wheat with the binder today. 

Aug 4-7. We cut and stooked what wheat we have at home. The others are cutting theirs with a mower and stacking it.

Aug 22: A storm came up this evening and made it nearly dark before sunset. 

Aug 23: It rained during the night and made it too wet to thresh. Dust clouds in the sky after dinner.

Aug 26: Our slough is just about dry so I took the tank down to the big slough but could only get 50 pails from the well. 

Aug 27: We finished threshing Dad's wheat today. 25 loads of sheaves is the total. 

Aug. 28: We threshed my wheat today. 6 loads of sheaves giving 60 bushels of wheat. 

Aug 30: Dad helped the others thresh their little bit of wheat. About 6 bushels each. 

Sept 2: Rain for the third night in succession. 

Sept 4: Dad and both uncles went to Lipton to a meeting to discuss the drought and relief. 

Sept 13: Uncle Horrie, Bud and I deepening the well in the big slough this morning. We could not do as much as we wanted as the water came in too fast. 

Sept 18: Dad was helping the uncles to thresh their barley. Uncle Horrie got 16 bushels. Uncle Arthur got 41. 

Sept 21: Uncle Horrie and Bud tried deepening the drinking water well at the big slough but the water to have given out there. We started digging a new well and trying to deepen the stock well simultaneously. Bud was down in the old well but was not able to get on very well. Dad took a tank of water home and the others went to dinner while I stayed on digging. By the time Bud and Dad got back I had dug through to sand and gravel which seemed to be full of water. 

Sept 25: Dad and uncle Horrie went to Lipton to get lumber for a well crib. 

Sept 27: Dad, uncle Horrie and Bud making a crib and putting it in the new well while deepening the well. 

Sept 28: Dad, uncle Horrie and Bud lowering the well a bit more but too much water coming in to do a lot. 

Oct 1: The Millers were boring for water in Bill Miller's big slough. 

Oct 7: Bud was helping Cliff Barton to dig a well.

Oct 26: Geoffrey Barton brought word that a relief car of vegetables is to be distributed in Lipton tomorrow. 

Oct 27: Dad and both uncles went to Lipton and got some potatoes and a mixture of other stuff. 30 pounds was supposed to be allotted each individual. 

Nov 3: Uncle Horrie and I went to Lipton with the wagon today. Another relief car being unloaded and divided up among the farmers. We went to the North Star elevator and got our bags of relief apples and vegetables..

Nov 23: Dad and uncle Arthur went to Lipton and Uncle A got 25 bushels of relief feed oats. 

The Big Slough as it appears in 2021


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Winstanley Grove in 2021

 I shot this video a few days ago at Winstanley Grove. Some will recognize the name as the homestead of Arthur Nevard. Named after his wife's maiden name (Margaret Montagu Winstanley). There is not much left to see. Just the ruins of the old house collapsed into the cellar hole. The concrete foundation of the barn is visible from the air. A few shrubs and trees, maple, carraganna, lilac, honeysuckle, are reminders that somebody lived there once. Since the early 1950s it has been empty. I figured this bit of video and pictures would help preserve the memories in case anybody in the future has an interest. 



Friday, March 5, 2021

Giving The Bride Away

April 16, 1953 Bill Nevard's report on work at the San and other goings on. 

Mrs. Howe on today. Dad went to Lipton with Reverend Corkhill to attend Sandy Goff's wedding and give the bride away. 

April 17: A new patient arrived today from Kelvington. Clifford Colby. He drove here in his own truck. The union's annual concert and dance was held in the auditorium tonight with a large attendance. Dick stayed for the dance but I came home. 


 From left: John Sedo, Sandy Goff, Gladys Goff (sister), Gladys Goff(bride), Mary Goff, Joy Goff, Ernest Nevard, Tom Goff, Jack Goff. By the Anglican Church in Lipton, Sask. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

November, 1940

More from the daily journal of Bill Nevard

Nov. 23, 1940: Dick cutting wood. I got another load of wood home. 3 and a half loads total. Dick, Bud, Roy and Joy went to a party at Wheale's tonight. I heard last night that Harry Millward is dead.  


Nov24, Sunday at home. Dick walked to Headlands P.O. after the mail in the evening but Flemings were out so he had to return empty handed.

Nov 25: I went for the mail in the sleigh this morning and saw little Donald Fleming for the first time. It was the first time I had been in Headland's Post Office since the Leslies went away. It was municipal election day but there was no contest in our division. Webster Fleming stood for reeve in the Kellross municipality but was defeated. Dick cutting wood in the bluffs at home.  



Monday, November 23, 2020

Rained On Sunday

 May4, 1941

Dad, Dick and I went to Church service at Headland's School. Mr. Thomas got there late having had car trouble. Both uncles and Joy, Mr. North and Tom, Mr. and Mrs. Radwell and Mrs. Bowman, Mr and Mrs. Wheale, Mary and Shirley, William and Jim Millward, Mr. and Mrs. Murphy Newton, Mrs. Green and baby. Dad and Dick drove on to North's to change hens. I walked home sheltering in John Senft's from a heavy rain storm which made the road all mud and water. 


This was Bill's art work done that day. On the back of a Blue Ribbon Tea wrapper. Paper was in short supply in those days. 




Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Uncles Don And Roy

Its interesting to look back on this old video I shot back in August of 1998 viewing the antique cars with Uncle Don and Roy. They enjoyed the old cars. Being a rider it allowed me to shoot more video during the drive back. Plus a tour of the local cemetery showing a couple of family grave stones. Some of which were made by their uncle Ernest Nevard who was a brick layer in Essex, U.K. before he came to Canada. He made a lot of off farm income here doing various brick laying jobs here too.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Its Been A Long Time

Almost a year since any contributions to this Nevardblog. I'd guess this video would make a good addition as it is my uncle Roy Nevard doing his version of a Carl Smith song called Kisses Don't Lie. It was recorded by a friend back in the winter of 1955-56 on a reel to reel tape recorder. Since transferred to cassette and now digitized by me in hopes of preserving it for a few more years.