By Margaret Norquay

In 1949, Margaret Norquay moved along with her new husband, a minister with the United Church of Canada, to Mayerthorpe, in northern Alberta, a village within the centre of what was once in these days a pioneer hinterland. huge Is the best way is a set of news from their seven years there. advised with affection and delicate humour, the tales disguise the demanding situations, heartaches, and delights of a tender group and a minister and his spouse in a truly new marriage. issues contain the event of orphan kids despatched to paintings on Western farms, manoeuvring for a restroom downtown for farmers’ other halves short of a spot to alter their infants whereas their husbands did enterprise, facing the RCMP over liquor present in the church basement, and the generosity of spirit proven through the neighborhood to the Norquays. during the booklet, Margaret Norquay’s indomitable spirit and backbone are obtrusive and illustrate her passionate trust in making confident switch and having enjoyable whereas doing it.

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He hoped we all would have a joyful day. When we drove away, we felt we had been warmed and fed as never before. We knew the Birthday Child would be well pleased with the dinner Mr. Kringsberg had given. 34 eight In a Pinch, Use Tarpaper We had just finished our coffee and listened to the eight o’clock news when Jim pulled back his chair and said, “Monday is supposed to be my day off, and by gosh this time I’m going to take it. I’ve still got my column to write for the Mayerthorpe Review, and I’m supposed to go to Cy Philips Hardware this morning to meet with the businessmen who want me to help them plan a skating carnival for next winter.

Afterwards, I was ashamed of my fears because everyone was so friendly. ” I said I hadn’t been there long enough to know, but I had come expecting to like it, and was sure I would. ” I asked him how long he had been here. “All my life,” he replied. ” 19 MARGARET NORQUAY I realized soon after that the question about whether I would like the West was no idle one. Jim and I were on some kind of trial. The only other young ministers in Mayerthorpe’s experience had stayed but a few months. Both left after their marriage to Eastern girls.

We left early because the snow had fallen deep in the night, and despite the stability of the Model A, we thought the driving might be 31 MARGARET NORQUAY treacherous. It was doubtful that anyone would get to the school ahead of time to light the fire in the old airtight heater and we knew there was little chance of our getting the place reasonably comfortable with so many broken windows. But we planned to arrive early and do what we could. It seemed too bad that on Christmas Day, of all days, the congregation should have to stand huddled around an airtight heater, scorching the fronts of their coats and half freezing their backs.

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