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Pictured from left, Bret Allan, Keeley Pedersen, Trystan Pedersen, Elise McJannet, Riley Allan and Reggie Heinrich check out some of the contenders during the annual Goldfish Races fundraiser, held at the Bladworth Elks Hall on Feb. 18.

The event is organized annually by the Davidson Kinsmen to support Telemiracle. A fish fry, served by the Elks, was followed by the auctioning of the fish and the races themselves.

The evening also included a hip-hop dance performance by a group from Davidson. They will perform the “Knock Knock” routine on live TV during Telemiracle; the scheduled time is around 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 5.

Organizers reported that $4,280 was raised through the auction, along with a couple hundred more in donations. The dancers will present the cheque for the proceeds during the Telemiracle broadcast.

Obituary: Butler, Howard

web-obit-butlerHOWARD E. BUTLER

Howard Eldred Butler passed away peacefully with family by his side on Friday, November 25, 2016 at Royal University Hospital. Howard is survived by his wife Betty; son Gord (Karen) Butler; daughters Linda (Stan) Schneider and Michelle (Ron) Richards; grandchildren Jennifer (David) Price, Jessica (Geoff) Raycraft, Jenise and Kristina Schneider (fiancé TJ King), Shyla and Addison Richards; two great-grandchildren Aurora and Orion Price; brother Lawrence Butler (Teresa) and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Howard was predeceased by his son Joe Butler; parents Norman and Janet Butler; and siblings Florence, Gertrude, Janet, Art, Clarence, Harold, Ken and Pearl. Howard was born on the family farm in Bladworth, Sask., on April 2, 1932 where he farmed with his father until purchasing land in the Grasswood district south of Saskatoon in 1964. He married Betty in 1969 and they continued on with the family farm both in Saskatoon and Bladworth, until renting out the land in 1994. They fully retired in 2008 aside from a handful of cows that Howard kept in Saskatoon. He was a proud cattle and grain farmer and was always willing to offer advice. Howard enjoyed baseball, hockey and especially curling throughout his lifetime and was a member of the Nutana Curling Club for over 40 years. He would often be spotted behind the glass cheering on family and friends alike, eager to replay the 7th end over a coffee or a cocktail. Howard and Betty moved into Saskatoon in 2012 and recently to Luther Riverside Terrace. Howard will always be lovingly remembered for his welcoming smile and open home whether you were a friend for a day or a lifetime. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 7:00 -8:00 p.m. at Park Funeral Chapel (311 – 3rd Avenue North). A Celebration of Howard’s Life was held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Prairieland Park, Hall B (503 Ruth Street West). Memorial donations in Howard’s memory will be accepted for the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Fund. Condolences and to share your memories of Howard, visit “Obituaries.” Arrangements entrusted to Derryl Hildebrandt, Park Funeral Chapel, 306.244.2103.

A Grey Cup to call their own

Cliff (51, left) and Wayne Shaw (50) pose with their father Edwin "Mud" Shaw after winning the Grey Cup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Vancouver's Empire Stadium on Nov. 26, 1966.

Cliff (51, left) and Wayne Shaw (50) pose with their father Edwin “Mud” Shaw after winning the Grey Cup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Vancouver’s Empire Stadium on Nov. 26, 1966.

By Joel van der Veen

BLADWORTH — Being a Roughrider fan in the 1960s was, in the words of Ron Bessey, “basically the way it is now — wild and woolly.”

Five decades into its existence, the team had yet to bring home the Grey Cup, even after reaching the championship eight times.

They’d ended the 1959 season with a 1-15 record, still the worst in the team’s history. After that, there was nowhere to go but up.

The Riders steadily improved through the decade, and the 1966 season was their best in many years — a 9-6-1 record, and a win over Winnipeg in western conference finals.

As they made their way to Vancouver for the Grey Cup final in November, the team knew they were still fighting an uphill battle.

“We were the underdogs,” said outside linebacker Wayne Shaw.

Indeed, the Ottawa Rough Riders were so heavily favoured to win that the TV networks had set up cameras in Ottawa’s dressing room on Saturday afternoon.

But the banner headline on Monday’s Leader-Post told the story: WEST RIDERS BEST.

Saskatchewan had its first Grey Cup with a 29-14 win over Ottawa.

Roughrider history was made on Nov. 26, 1966, and two boys from Bladworth — Wayne and his brother Cliff — were part of it.

For the full story, please see the Nov. 28 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Obituary: Cook, Mary Christine

Mary Christine Cook

Mary Christine Cook

COOK, Mary Christine (née Tomlenovich)

Christine, the second youngest and last living offspring of Paul Tomlenovich and Mary Masich, passed away at St. Paul’s Hospital on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016.

Chris was born September 30, 1922 on the family farm near Bladworth, Sask. She attended both Briggs School and later, Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon. Her work career began at the Bay in Saskatoon prior to her move to Toronto at age 26.

On July 20, 1951 she married Samuel George William Cook, a dashing Air Force officer. Following Bill’s passing and after her retirement, she moved to Mississauga where she lived a full life with countless friends, enjoying many activities.

Just prior to her 93rd birthday, she made the decision and then the trip, to return home after being away for 67 years. She arrived in Saskatoon in September 2015 and lived at Trinity Manor where she was treated professionally and kindly by her caregivers. Chris often mentioned that if she knew there was so much love from her nephews and nieces in Saskatchewan, she would have come home long before now!

Christine was predeceased by her husband Bill (1919-1999), her parents Big Paul (1878-1963) and Mother Mary (1885-1953), siblings Catherine (1906-1984), Anne (1907-1999), Emily (1908-2005), Rose (1910-2006), Joseph Nickolas (1911-1919), Lucy (1913-2000), Josephine (1915-2000), Helen (1917-2006), Joseph Lawrence (1920 -1998), Leona (1925-2010); as well as extended family members, too numerous to mention. She is survived by several nephews and nieces.

At Christine’s request, there will be no funeral. She will be laid to rest alongside her family at St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Kenaston.

Arrangements entrusted to Hanson’s Funeral Home, Davidson.

Prpick family barn “razing and blazing”

The remains of the Prpick family's barn are destroyed by fire on July 29 after being demolished.

The remains of the Prpick family’s barn are destroyed by fire on July 29 after being demolished.

By Sean Prpick
Special to The Leader

BLADWORTH — It shouldn’t have been, but it still was a shock when my cousin Heidi Prpick Schneider copied me on a mass family Facebook message at the end of July.

Heidi apologized for the short notice, but explained that an important piece of our past was going up in flames. And if we wanted to see the last of the Prpick family barn, now more than a century old and dilapidated, we should come out the following day.

Heidi told us we could expect a big barn burning — or “Barn Razing,” as I quickly dubbed it — since it was to be destroyed by fire on July 29.

Other family members did me one better, however, and called the “Barn Blazing.”

Everybody who was CC’d on this message had their own memories of the old barn.

In my own case, the barn was there literally for as long as I remember. When I was born in 1958, my parents Joe and Sharon Prpick brought me to the farm a few miles north of Bladworth, which is operated now by my aunt Janet and her sons Barkley and Jason.

I recall being very small and chasing barn cats around on the main floor, climbing up the ladder to the hayloft which looked so vast and spooky, my dad harnessing up our Clydesdales in the stalls on cold winter days, and more.

We left the farm when I was about five and moved to a new one a few miles away.

Not long after that, my uncle Jim Prpick married my aunt Janet and took over the old homestead and raised four kids, including the two boys and their younger sisters Heidi and Brandi.

The barn remained a central part of their lives.

For the full story, please see the Aug. 15 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Tactile history tour: Students get up-close look at Wilkins sculptures

Don Wilkins poses for a photo with a group of students at the surveyor statue in Chamberlain.

Don Wilkins poses for a photo with a group of students at the surveyor statue in Chamberlain.

By Joel van der Veen

DAVIDSON — History and design are important, sure, but how many sculptures were built with climbing in mind?

Students from Davidson School had a hands-on encounter with the statues built by local craftsman Don Wilkins last week, taking a tour from Chamberlain to Bladworth to see the displays along Highway 11.

At each stop they got off their bus to view the sculptures. Many students took the opportunity to get as close as possible — scaling the buffalo hunter’s gun, dangling from the ox’s horn or climbing into the Red River carts.

Wilkins, who joined them for the tour on June 17, was clearly delighted with the experience.

The sculptures were built big to make them visible to highway drivers, and to allow people to immerse themselves in history.

“I don’t mind people touching my work,” he said at one point, telling the students later, “I’m flattered by this whole event.”

Students from grades 4 and 7 took part in the bus tour, organized by staff members Correne Pedersen, Arlene Low and Garrett Bailey, with Darwin Taylor driving the bus.

They made five stops, viewing the surveyor at Chamberlain, the ox and cart at Aylesbury, the buffalo hunter at Craik, the buffalo at Girvin and the Louis Riel statue at Bladworth.

For the full story and photos, please see the June 27 edition of The Davidson Leader, or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.