Fencelines & Furrows II has been in the works for several years and now is out and the first batch of books, which included the first volume have been sold out.
“There has been a huge demand for this second volume,” said Fencelines & Furrows History Book Committee’s Sharon Cooke.
Tom Green along with Cooke visited the Highwood Museum on June 22 to showcase the new second volume.
The original Fencelines & Furrows was printed in 1969 and included the areas of Blackie, Herronton, Mazeppa, Franburg, and Brant. The Fencelines & Furrows History Book Committee believed that it was time for an update, because so many changes have occurred in the past 50 years to these areas. The new edition includes family and community photos and history, as well as important events that took place since the first edition came out in 1969.
Cooke said that they tried to keep the book interesting and exciting and while they were researching they found some stories that some weren’t even aware of, so it was a learning experience as well.
“We wanted to keep the book light and entertaining, we didn’t want it to be a stuffy book,” she said.
One addition in the updated history is the popular Blackie Gladys Players, which started in the late 60’s. It was a dinner theatre similar to what Rosebud is doing.
“It was an amazing part of our history that people still talk about to this day,” said Green.
“People came from all over Alberta. It was good, funny, racy and with a really good dinner that was held at the Blackie Hall.”
“Right now the Blackie Hall is in trouble and potentially is closing.”
Many helped make this book possible, especially Fencelines & Furrows History Book Committee which include Tom Green, Janet Snider, Shirley Laycraft, Sharon Cooke, Mike Jenkins, Ken Weber, Harold Hansen, Jerry Ellice, Grant Cooke and Wayne Wilderman.
“A big thank you to everyone who shared their stories and helped make this happen. And places like the Museum of the Highwood. Irene and her staff have been very cooperative and generous with their archive room and they allowed us to use their resources,” said Green.
“The High River Library has also been very helpful to us,” said Cooke.
People can still purchase the second volume, as Green and Cooke stated they are in process of printing more, so if you are interested, make sure to call Ken Weber at 403-809-0375, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.