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DRYDENS FIRST BAKERY

THE CONTRARIAN So, who supplied the bread to the Guy Lake and Bob Lake gold mine camps back in 1897? I claim it was F T Brignall from his bakery in Dryden, hauled in daily on the regular steamboat run … Continue reading

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WAR BABIES

THE CONTRARIAN War is hell. During his six years in Europe, my Dad saw his closest buddy get careless with a land mine and blow himself to smithereens – they picked pieces of him off a nearby tree like leaves, … Continue reading

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FROM THE CPR TO GOLD ROCK

  Part 1 Dinorwic This central part of North America was more populated before the railway than most people realize; travel was by birchbark canoe on our myriad rivers and lakes. A network of canoe routes covered the district, more … Continue reading

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CLASS CONSCIOUS

THE CONTRARIAN One of my woodchopper friends told me he likes my writing, but he wonders just what I mean talking all the time about loss of freedom and ‘serfs’. What in heck is a ‘serf’ anyway? Which caused me … Continue reading

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WORLD’S BIGGEST MOOSE

THE CONTRARIAN A page from Willy Brant’s diary — Joe was over this morning, pushed back the banks with his oldie-but-goodie skidder/snowplow.  While he was waiting for his glasses to un-steam and his coffee to cool a bit, he came … Continue reading

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AT FIFTY DEGREES BELOW ZERO, HE BUTTONED UP HIS VEST

THE CONTRARIAN A page from Willie Brant’s diary — Wow, it’s getting scary, don’t think I have ever seen minus 50F for this many days on this many of my neighbours thermometers.  Goats are staying right in the barn, I … Continue reading

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LANDSCAPING AND JAYCEES

THE CONTRARIAN One of the things that set Dryden apart from other northern communities is the very high level of landscaping of our personal houses. We have better lawns, more tame trees and shrubs, more flowerbeds than the average, by … Continue reading

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