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What if you wrote down your thoughts and observations about what was going on around you as you made your way through life, and chose a format of verse and rhyme to capture those thoughts like an artist or photographer captures a moment in time. Then in the year of the pandemic you discover this time capsule of treasured thoughts and memories and decide to give it life. The first time you read The Gate and Other Poems on a Life's Journey is to see what it is about, and realize this was also a time period you grew up with similar experience. Now you sit down and read from your memory time capsule perspective and appreciate why he bothered. Thank you Doug Jordan for doing this.

Added: October 10, 2021
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Wishing Miss Sheehan a wonderful birthday. She has been there for me and many other teenagers no matter what the problem was. She definitely “ saved “ me from a life of trouble. She was tough but had a huge heart for everyone who went to PEPS.

Added: September 30, 2021
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Hi Rusty. …I must say that one of my good friends was Chris Evoy. The family was just a street or so over towards the main gate from us on Ubique. We were in the same class. Chuckle. He had a different sense of humour than me. Mine was more a Newfi humor. He was a good friend. Obviously you are related. Murphy’’s, Evoy, Findlay, and the Martins. Turners and the White’s as well. …We had a good old gang. Many a good night after supper playing ‘kick the can’. Playing cowboys with our Cap Pistols and holsters. Lots of fun in the Camp theatre. And so many other things all of us did in Shilo when we were young.
Glad to hear from you. This is a great site. I check in often and write in occasionally. We all knew almost every inch of Camp Shilo. Every nook and cranny many of which we probably should not have been. That’s Army brats for ‘ya.
later. Bump.


Added: September 23, 2021
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Bump, you should write a book, your memories are so exacting about Shilo. I remember going to the Hostess Hut (what we called it). From my paper route, I could load up on candies and get a milkshake and chips at the counter. Loved it when soldiers shoveled money into the jukebox and buying Hit Parade magazine and searching for Humbug magazine. Take care all...Rusty Evoy

Added: September 22, 2021
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Howdy. ….I lived in Camp Shilo all thru the Fifties and until 1961. The family resided first in ‘H’ huts and then into a small newly constructed home and would need to look at an early map to say which address. After a year or so we moved again over to another PMQ at #7 Ubique. Which was our permanent address until my Dad retired and moved on to Nova Scotia.
One way or another most families and all of the Army members frequented the Coffee Shop. Matter of fact both my Mum and Dad worked there as well as the Coffee and food concession at the Sports Palace. …My Dad also tended the Bar at the Sergeants Mess. He also had the grocery delivery routes from the Maple Leaf Services Store that was in Camp. …My self and my brothers Ernie and Larry would be sitting with legs over the open tailgate of my Dad’s 1951 Ford Station Wagon as he drove the PMQ’s and we hoisted the bags and boxes to the homes. …sorry to say that many a banana or orange was eaten along the way. Broccoli and Asparagus were safe tho..
We spent so very many times at the Coffee Shop. Ourselves and other Shilo Brats were there for the pop and French fries and sundries. That is where I first saw the new fangled ball point pen which I purchased from money from my paper routes which were the Winnipeg Free Press and the Brandon Sun. As a side note to that was that in School we were still being taught to use the nib and inkwell method. Chuckle. I bypassed the leaky old fountain pen.
I remember quite well the Coffee Shop. ….You would park adjacent to the entrance. Walk on to the door and when inside it was sort of a room to wipe your feet and get rid of your galoshes and it also served as a mail room to post and receive mail and parcels. …As you moved inside proper and now in the main area you could hang a ‘left’ and you would be near the actual coffee shop area and stools at the Bar and the ‘short order’ grill. There you could get fries hot dogs and burgers and soft drinks and milk and such and there was a nice ice cream and popsicle cooler. ….The main common area had tables and chairs to eat your fries and such. Then there was an area to get sundries like soap and razors and other toiletries . There were some ‘notions ‘ and as well there were postcards and stuff. Funny . I can still see the exact photo memory of the coffee shop.
Well that is my memory lane thing of the day. …Thanx Folks.


Added: September 21, 2021
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Greeting to everyone from me, in "The Great White North". I have lived in Thompson for 41 years but still fondly remember my days in Shilo. I am thinking about moving to Nova Scotia, as my Thompson relocation was supposed to be for only 3 years, and I've been here since August of '80. I could never figure out which three years, so I guess that's why I'm still here!

Added: September 16, 2021
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Gary & Shirley: going back 2 months

The coffee shop according to the lady sitting next to me who worked there was simply called the Maple Leaf Services Coffee Shop. What neither of us can remember is the formal name of the "teen club" coffee shop (that she ran!).


Added: August 26, 2021
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Due to lack of interest
Or COVID or both,
we have had to cancel the Sept. 4th Boat Cruise out of Kingston. Maybe next year who knows?

Faye, Bill and Faith. :!sadsmile:


Added: August 3, 2021
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Time is running out to register for the boat cruise this fall better get to it or you could lose out !! :!cool: :!cool:

Added: July 27, 2021
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Garry Paine in case no one told you, it was The Hostess House" no Time is it

Added: July 26, 2021
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