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. wide Is the best way is a suite of reports from their seven years there. instructed 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 comprise the event of orphan young children despatched to paintings on Western farms, manoeuvring for a restroom downtown for farmers’ better 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 by way of the neighborhood to the Norquays. in the course of the ebook, Margaret Norquay’s indomitable spirit and backbone are glaring and illustrate her passionate trust in making confident switch and having enjoyable whereas doing it.
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He’s going to stable his horse and stay in town for the night. I’ve invited him for dinner and overnight, so maybe you could make up the living-room couch. If you can have dinner ready by six, he’ll have time to see his wife this evening, before visiting hours are over. ” I made up the couch and started to prepare dinner. There would be just enough time to cook the moose. The rest of the shirts could wait. ” Jim went off to his office. I sat down to have another cup of coffee and then got out the ironing board to finish the shirts.
I talked it over with Jim and he said the only thing to do was to get choir gowns so all would look the same. An Edmonton firm that made clerical and academic gowns estimated that gowns for thirtyfive children between the ages of twelve and eighteen would cost $350. The question was how to raise the money. In an effort to offer some broad educational opportunities to the community, Jim had earlier applied to become the district representative for the National Film Board. This meant that every month five or six films would arrive that could then be shown to 51 MARGARET NORQUAY Huh!
And our donation jar was empty. I almost wished that I hadn’t spent the last fifteen dollars of wedding money on hyacinths to feed the soul—that is, on tickets to the Winnipeg Ballet, which had performed in Edmonton the previous year. Better get a cleaning woman. But was there such a thing in Mayerthorpe? ” I called her and she was pleased to come. I figured I could pay her out of my housekeeping money. I worked along with her, and in the course of our conversation she told me her daughters wanted to sing in the choir.