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Each month the Langruth Community Business Council (Lynne) mails out a newsletter called "Langruth Views" to the residents in the municipality to help keep people abreast of the happenings in the community. If you wish to subscribe to the Langruth Newsletter and have it mailed to you each month (great value for the price), please send the mailing fee ($6.50Cdn for those in Canada, out of country letter rate for those outside of Canada) to:
    Langruth Community Business Council, Box 145, Langruth, Manitoba   R0H 0N0
Keep up the great work Lynne!

Sample topics of a Full Edition: Changes in the R.M. of Lakeview Council; Coming Events, Congratulations, Scholarships; Community Profiles; Business Council (items discussed); Calendar of events in Langruth.

Index of Langruth Newsletters:

Note: sometimes I also add news tid-bits from other sources. - Walter.

Newsletter: November, 1998

 Changes in R.M. of Lakeview Council
     Elections throughout the province took place on October 28th. The results ofthe R.M. of Lakeview are as follows:

            Isaac Wiebe was challenged by Henriette Kleemola. In a very close race Isaac defeated Henriette 111 to 109.

Ward 1
            Ron Jackson chose not to let his name stand for re-election. Brent Armstrong being the only candidate filing nomination papers for this ward got in by acclamation.
Ward 2
            Jim Rinn in by acclamation.
Ward 3
             Lynne Jonasson chose not to seek re-election. Three other candidates filed nomination papers. The results are as f'ollows: Gary Hill-47 Wayne Reed-14 Don Smith-61. Don Smith elected.
Ward 4
     Philip Thordarson in by acclamation.
     In the Pine Creek School Division, the trustee for Ward 1 was not contested so Phyllis Thordarson will resume her position representing this area.

Coming Events
Oct. 30th---Halloween Dance
Nov 6th----Legion Banquet
Nov. 8th ---Dessert Theater
Nov. 28th--Craft Sale
Nov 29th--Game & Fish banquet
Dec. 4th---5th Annual Tree  Lighting

Community Profile - Gudrun Thordarson

          This new addition to the newsletter is a profile of interesting people and places of our community.
          My first choice was a visit with Mrs Einarson. Because of her delightfull personality I thought it would make my first interview easier. I was right and besides I've been wanting to drop in for a visit for some time. It is sad that we always seem to need an excuse to spend an afternoon as enjoyable as this was.
         Gudrun Thordarson first came to Langruth in 1934 with her father and two brothers. They came from Sinclair, Manitoba which is near Pipestone and Reston. When they left that area in the "dirty thirties" the sand having blown in banks nearly covered the fence posts. The area around Pipestone is quite sandy and there was no water, or hay there for cattle so people moved away in search of somewhere better for their livestock. This drought went on for 7 years.
         At the time of their arrival Langruth had two grocery stores, Hanneson's Hardware, a restaurant, Butcher shop and other businesses. The stores were busy and stayed open until 10 p.m. They arrived in Langruth in July and she married her husband Dori Einarson in October.
          The first house they lived in was a shanty in the area behind where Mary Kovacs lives. From there they moved to a little house on the west side of Pete Tkachyk's and then on to the house on the corner across from the school which is now vacant. They had a family of six children at this time; Doreen, Verna, Norman, Brian, Joan and Ralph. During the winters they lived up at Amaranth along the lake as her husband fished up there. When the youngest son Ralph was a year old they moved into the house on the main street where Mrs. Einarson still lives.
         In 1939, Mr. Einarson quit fishing and managed the lumber yard which he continued to do for the next 26 years. He passed away in 1968 after being ill for some time.
          Mrs Einarson celebrated her 93rd birthday last January. A remarkable age and an even more remarkable person. During the conversation she commented that she doesn't know why she has lived so long. She recently attended her nephew's funeral and said that it doesn't feel right that she should live to such an age that she would be attending his funeral.
          She has 18 grandchildren and when I asked how many great grandchildren she had, she remarked, "27, but they always keep adding on to them."
          When I arrived she had been crocheting something and there on the table lay the quilt blocks pieced together for "something to do". To date she had crocheted 12 large lace tablecloths. That in itself is an accomplishment.
          Mrs Einarson had a hip replacement 6 years ago and cataract surgery on both eyes. She does have a knee that bothers her but with a her walker gets around quite well.
          She attended her granddaughters wedding at the coast this summer but has no plans to travel this winter. She may go to Winnipeg for Christmas but is very content to stay home for the winter. With a small amount of home care and the having wonderful neighbors she is able to remain very independently in her own home.
            In 1980 Mrs. Einarson along with her daughter-in-law on a trip to Iceland. It is very rugged but very beautiful country and she would love to go back for another visit.          A small white mum continues to bloom beside the house, even after a heavy frost; a similarity to the person living in the house who continues to carry on with beauty and softness, strength and determination overcoming obstacles put in her path.
          As you walk through the dining room the walls are lined with family pictures; the pictures of a family who have strong regard for their mother's happiness and independence.
           All this makes Mrs. Einarson a truly remarkable person . I thank you for the lovely afternoon and being able to share your stories.

Newsletter: December, 1998

Community Profile - Jack Mulvena

          The next time you listen to the weather and you hear statistic's about the  prairie provinces and their average temperature and records; the chances are that Jack Mulvena has had been a part in  making these figures available.
           This month we have chosen an  individual who has been very dedicatedly  serving the government as a "Volunteer  Weather Observer" for the past 28 years.
          Jack and Florence and their family moved to the Big Point area in1966 when they purchased the Steve Johnson property. Coming from  Eddystone (Lonely Lake), Jack felt this  area had much better grass for ranching and so they settled in as part ofour district. In 1970, Jack saw an article in the paper where they wanted volunteer weather observers. Always having been a bit interested in this data he replied and thus became "our own weather man". The government arrived out here with a wooden box which stands on a stand approximately 5 feet tall. It is louvered allowing the thermometers to be protected from the bright sun and other elements.
          One thermometer records the high for the day and another the low as well as the present temperature. Interestingly enough, on the morning of November 27th ofthis year when Jack read his thermometers at 7 a.m. the temperatures were as follows: O degrees at 6 o'clock in the evening---and at 7 a.m it was at plus 2.5. The thermometer that records the high for the night showed that during that night the temperature had risen to plus 4 degrees. For this time ofthe year that it is quite unusual.
          Every Monday morning those  readings are phoned into Environment Canada. Once a month, a copy of those readings are sent in to the main office of Environment Canada. The readings for these are taken every 12 hours: 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Jack says some of those  mornings when there is a snow storm and  a cold wind blowing it isn't so easy to  bundle up and go out at 7 in the morning  with a flashlight to record these readings;  (especially now that he has to dig in his  shirt pocket for those darn glasses.) He  has to be commended for his dedication to continue for 28 years.
           The weather station also has percipitation/rain gauges which are to be recorded twice a day. These recordings of the amount of moisture are very accurate readings. Measuring snow is another thing though. To get a good reading you find a place that isn't blown into a bank or swept away with the wind. A place where the snow was able to accumulate without wind disturbance. It is then measured with a ruler.
          There are 55 ofthese weather stations in Manitoba alone and several months after all the recordings are sent in Jack receives a printout of all the statistics from the Prairie provinces. From April 1st this year to Nov. 1st, we had 450 mm of percipitation or 18 inches. That is about 114% ofnormal. Our percipitation was one of the highest in the province this year with Binscarth being higher than ours.
         The coldest temperature that Jack has recorded in those 28 years was -42 C or -44F. That was on the night of Feb 1/2 in 1996. And the hottest temperature was 38 C or 202 F on August 6th, 1988.
          Some other things other than statistics that his recordings are used for are for companies wanting to know reports for soil conditions and Insurance companies have called verifying the weather on a certain day for claims.
          After 28 years, he and Florence did manage to get away for a 22 day trip to Alaska this past summer which they both enjoyed. He enjoyed Dawson City the most because many of the buildings from the Gold Rush Days are still there.
          Jack took up another task, and that was to train a steer to use as an ox to pull a Red River Cart. He was 2 years old when he began to train him. Luckily he had 3 or 4 boys home at the time to hitch him up. He wasn't crazy about the idea and used to lay down. Anyone who works with cattle know when they get stubborn they just don't move. However, after awhile they had him trained and once he was trained it didn"t matter how long it was before he used him again; he was just as quiet and gentle as could be.
          In his 11 years, he was in the parade in Austin every year. Other notable jobs they had were to be in the parade at Bird's Hill Park when the world wide Boy Scout organization had there get together; to be in part of the entertainment at the Keystone center in Brandon when a group of travelers, mostly from the U. S. with their air stream trailers held a jamboree; and when Winnipeg had their 100th birthday Jack picked up the Aldermen at city Hall- taking them down main street to Portage avenue up to Memorial Blvd. and down Memorial Blvd. to the Legislative Buildings. Besides this notoriety, Jack also took part in many parades around the district and brought enjoyment to many, old and young alike.
         Jack and Florence along with their son Kelly now live on what was originally Eric Isfeld's place. Jack and Kelly run a herd of cattle together. Jack and Florence raised a family of 11 children. John is now in Vancouver, Danny is at Ashern, Frank is in Victoria B.C. and Jane is at Wapella, Saskatchewan. Kathleen and Veronica are in Calgary, Colleen is in Boston, Mass. and Fatsy, Hugh and Patrick are all in Winnipeg. They have 20 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
        Jack enjoys visiting with neighbours and the many friends he has met over the years. He is a bit ofa history buff enjoying the different history books ofthe area and has a great enjoyment with farm related antiques. A quiet man who is so interesting to visit with. Thank you, Jack for sharing your stories with us and congratulations on serving as a weather observer. Your dedication is admirable.

Results from the Game & Fish Banquet
Here are the trophy winners: 1st typical--Asgar Sigurdson
 2nd typical-Bob Jackson
 Most even 5 point-Bob Jackson
 Most even 4 point-Wayne Gardiner
 Junior Highest Point--Jeff Kuharski

 Canada Goose--Don Smith
 Largest Pickeral-Einar Sigurdson
 Largest Perch-Eydthe Sigurdson
 Largest Pike--Einar Sigurdson

Winners of the draws were:
 Grocery Hamper--Jim Stanley
 "Wood Duck" picture--Viola Painter of Portage
 2nd prize--Gift certificate -- Dennis Koschak of Ely, Minnesota