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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 02/06/2021 (736 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

First, I’d like to say thank you to the readers who pointed out that the picture used in last month’s article (The Lance, May 5) was not described accurately.

The photo of the flood in 1950 actually depicted the corner of St. Vital Road and St. Mary’s Road. I was going to blame the editors until I realized it was me who made the mistake. (Editor’s note: It’s not always us, John!)

Sorry about that, and thanks to Lindsay Nowosad for sending me that picture. It still amazes me to see that amount of water on St. Mary’s Road.

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St. Vital correspondent John Hindle has published a new book called Jack: The Life, Adventures and Observations of Jack Countryman...
Supplied image St. Vital correspondent John Hindle has published a new book called Jack: The Life, Adventures and Observations of Jack Countryman...

As you know, I enjoy getting emails from readers in response to my articles. I recently, I received one from Sharon Beggs-Lawrence, who also grew up in St. Vital.

“St. Vital was a great place,” she writes. “One day, I was walking in 30 below temperatures (that is likely in Fahrenheit but still really cold) and I couldn’t feel my fingers. I knocked on someone’s door and with no hesitation, they brought me inside, made sure my fingers were warm, and allowed me to stay there till my dad picked me up. You could feel comfortable knowing that the people in your neighbourhood were caring.”

Sharon, who now lives in Campbell River, B.C., added:

“Thank you for bringing up the Horse Shoe Inn. It brings back a lot of memories for my mom who worked there with the owners. When mom was working, I would go in and chop up potatoes for her. The cold drinks in the machine were the first thing I noticed (LOL).”

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In other news, I just self-published a new book titled Jack: The Life, Adventures and Observations of Jack Countryman…

I first met Jack at the Winnipeg Goldeyes’ first local tryout camp in 1994, when I was general manager of the baseball club and he tried out at the age of 57. Since then, we have become friends through Toastmasters. The book is filled with his memories of growing up in Winnipeg and his beliefs on how to live a positive and healthy life.

Age has little meaning to Jack.

“How old would you be if you did not know how old you actually are?” he has asked me on occasion.

Jack is an author, speaker, musician, cartoonist and much more. He still walks the streets of Fort Garry and St. Vital daily. The book is available at McNally Robinson or drop me a line.

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I am planning to write an article this year about other small businesses in St. Vital from the past.

Hardware stores like Delta Hardware, for example. If anyone has a story or positive memory to share about Delta or any other small St. Vital business from days gone by, please send it along. Small independent stores are still important, but were key in my youth long before the St. Vital Centre was built or large stores such as Canadian Tire were prevalent.

John Hindle is a community correspondent for St. Vital. Email him at john@johnhindle.com

John Hindle

John Hindle
Community Correspondent — St. Vital

John Hindle is a community correspondent for St. Vital. Email him at john@johnhindle.com

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