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The latest from Byemoor/Endiang

The news for the week of Feb. 24, 2022

By Les and Rosemary Stulberg

Byemoor Curling Club is hosting its Farmer’s Bonspiel March 1 – 5 in Byemoor.

The bonspiel is open to men’s, women’s or mixed teams.

The banquet will be on Saturday, March 5 and winners pick their own prize. Be sure to get your entries in soon by contacting Eugene Nixon at 403-579-2460.

Congratulations to the young hockey players, the Endmoor Thunder team, on winning the gold medals at the hockey tournament in Big Valley last weekend. Way to go Thunder team.

Keep in mind the Church at Endiang holds its regular services the first and third Sunday of each month at the Endiang Community Hall at 6 p.m. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

Rosemary and I had an interesting visit on Saturday, Feb. 19 when out of the blue Wyatt Carrell, the great-grandson of Lee Brainard, called to ask for directions to the memorial site marking the Brainard tragedy of 1907 near present-day Scapa. Wyatt and his wife Diane live in Grande Prairie.

The couple were visiting Calgary and on their way home decided they would like to see the memorial they heard had been constructed to remember the tragedy of that 1907 blizzard that claimed the life of Lee Brainard’s son Albert Brainard as well as the senior Brainard’s long-time friend Hampson White.

Most of the herd of cattle they were attempting to trail to the Hunt ranch east of Endiang also perished in that storm.

Lee Brainard barely survived the blizzard himself, having miraculously found the Hunt ranch in the blizzard. He sustained severe frost damage to his body and lost all his toes but one. The Carrells related he used crutches the rest of his life to walk.

Once recovered, Lee Brainard later settled in the Peace River country where he re-married and started over. His wife Dora, more commonly known as Ma Brainard gained local fame from operating a well-known Stopping House in the area.

Her cooking was well known, especially her Southern Fried Chicken, as she was originally from North Carolina. One of the area lakes was re-named Brainard Lake in their honour and there was also a Brainard post office. One daughter was born to the couple, Wyatt Carrell’s grandmother.

Wyatt and Diane are newly retired and plan to visit this area again in the summer.

They would like to visit the Hunt ranch and also Richdale where Brainard had settled for a while to raise cattle. They have photos taken at the Richdale location and also showed us photos of Lee Brainard and his family taken at different times during his life.

We certainly enjoyed meeting Wyatt and Diane and hearing the interesting pieces of history they shared of the Brainard story.

Humour for the day —

“You know what the nice thing is about winter? Neither do I.”

“Sign on yard fence – Caution, Dog can’t hold its licker.”