Lögberg-Heimskringla - 01.08.1981, Blaðsíða 17

Lögberg-Heimskringla - 01.08.1981, Blaðsíða 17
WINNIPEG, HATIÐARBLAÐ 1981-17 Inga and Ed Skagfeld in front of "Ásgarður". The Skagfeld family. Walter Wynyard. Paulson from Mr. and Mrs. Carl Olafsson. Carl was born in 1916 in "Vat- nabyggð" and has been a farmer all his life until recently when he retired and moved to Wynyard. Icelandic Summer Resort at Fishing Lake It is believed that the original set- tlers in the Foam Lake district came from the Thingvalla settlement in the early 1890s. In his book, "The Saskatchewan Icelanders", Walter Lindal offers the following reasons. "By the time of 1891, fhe settlers in Thingvalla were beginning to realize that they had struck a very dry area. Changing cycles, wet and dry, were unheard of and people begán to think that the lack of moisture would be permanent. The herds of cattle and sheep, which were verý' small at first, were increasing and it was feared that the difficulties of finding hay in the district would become increasingly formidable and might result in an acute shortage of fodder. Word had reached the set- tlers that there were lakes somewhere west of Yorkton and plenty of hay around them." The Icelandic settlers certainly thought this was worth examining and in the spring of 1891, Ingimund- ur Eiriksson and Christjan J. Helgason decided to explore the area described above and with a team of horses and a wagon they travelled west. They reached Fishing Lake in the fall of 1891 and were soon followed by other pioneers in the Thingvalla settle- ment. For example, three families are said to have found their way to the lake in the spring of 1892. Those early settlers had brought some cattle and sheep and found plenty of hay on the south of the lake. The good news soon reached the ears of other settlers who gradually moved west and soon a small Icelandic settlement had been established. Cabins and stables were built and the Icelanders felt they finally had found what they so long hadV looked for. This, however, was not to be. A prairie fire swept through and ruined the hay meadows completely. In a desperate need for hay, t'he settlers examined the area south of the lake. There they found a large meadow full of hay. This was what now is Foam Lake but at that time it was completely dry. So again the settlers abandoned a settlement and moved south. By 1894 the small Icelandic settlement on the shore of Fishing Lake had come to an end. Today, however, Fishing Lake is far from being abandoned. The Icelanders who now settle the shore of the lake are not farming there as their ancestors did almost a decade ago. They come there every summer to their cottages and enjoy the beautiful lake. As the pictures, taken in May of this year, clearly show, the lake is clear, and its sur- From left to right Baldvin Juliusson, holding his son Baldvin, Gunnar Paulson, Jonas Thor and Chris Paulson. roundings unspoiled nature. One can travel, either by foot or by boai from one cottage to another and find Icelandic speaking people who come from different parts of Saskat- chewan. Some are from Wynyard like the Paulsons and Olafsons, the Juliusons come from Regina and the Skaftfelds from Saskatoon to name a few. Some of the cottages have Icelandic names such as Asgar- dur owned by the Skaftfelds. Dur- ing a nice weekend one finds some golfers on a nine hole course. Some fish, others swim or simply tan on the beautiful beach. At night, bon- fires are often lit and friends gather for some light refreshments and Icelandic songs can quite often be heard. During my brief visit there this spring I witnessed a chess tourna- ment, which I understand is an an- nual event at the Lake. This time Chris Paulson defeated all his op- ponents with some excellent play. I also learnt that a few years back an amateur ballet dancer performed on the beach much to the delight of a large number of spectators. From the above it is obvious that the Fishing Lake is an extremely en- joyable summer resort and offers not only relaxation but entertain- ment for everyone. I certainly en- courage anyone travelling near Fishing Lake to stop by and ex- perience not only the beautiful nature but also the friendliness of the people. J.TH. With Compliments of . . . TARGET STORE DRY GOODS 83 & »ré Ava. PhoiM: 642-5246 GtaH, Maaltafca Greetings to our lcelondic Friends and Customers GIMLI HOTEL GIMLI i AAAN. Phone ( M2-9288 Compliments of . . . KARDY'S PRO HARDWARE Phone 642-8838 CENTRE STREET GIMLI, MAN. > ^####«*#######>#»#'##########################*'#####################+##### i Compliments of . . . ARNASON INDUSTRIES LTD. Contractors — Engineers LOT 7 - KING EDWARD ST. N. Winnipeg, Man. 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