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of sugar in her two room bungalow! Lan always asks Esther to play "Somewhere over the Rainbow" for him. Irving, as we all know, is an accomplished violinist, having played two entries in the music festival at the same time--in two different churches. Babe was asked to recite poetry at every recital!
More happy memories.......The summer kitchen was where Phil gave Esther a hand making
The rear cloisters is where Cecil saved Phil’s life surely, by single-handedly grasping the fridge before it could crash over on Phil as the little dear was swinging on its door. The cost of this noble deed was two split fingers--small price!!
The first production of "Cats" was staged in the main reception hall. Esther sat beneath the magnificent curved staircase engrossed in reading the encyclopedia, as was her wont (didn't help her). Max, the animal lover, quietly dropped the cat over the bannister, causing it to land on her back. The music is still being heard to this day on Broadway!
Babe's first encounter with the medical profession came when Phil aged seven fell off Dowswell's fence and broke his collar bone. She rubbed it generously with zambuk for three whole days until Mum & Dad returned from Winnipeg and took him to the Doctor, who put it in a cast for three months.
Jack's wanderlust began in the West courtyard where he mounted his trusty C.C.M. & rode the 70 miles to Winnipeg. Brother Jack spent several summers working with a threshing crew. After spending the winters unloading boxcars of 100-pound sacks of flour, he wisely chose to head south.
When we phoned the Doctor to come quickly because the baby had swallowed a nickel, the doctor asked
"How old is it?". Papa had the right answer on the tip of his tongue--1925!!!
Our Olympic class swimmer, Babe, pulled Numa Margulius out of the Red River when he went under for the 3rd time. 35 years later when she stopped in to his jewelry store to have her watch adjusted because it was going too fast, he thanked her profusely for saving his life--and gave her a 10% reduction.
Brother Norman, who excelled in outdoor sports--really had an ear for it--outshot Gretzky using the old style light weight puck still found in abundance in Emerson.
Brother George was known by all the children in town as a great benefactor. One day, two little boys came up to him and asked for a nickel. George said, "Listen, it's not nice to ask. If I want to give you something, I'll give it to you without your asking!" Walking away, the kids retorted, "O.K. for you, you pot-bellied s.o.b.!!"