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          Year[s] ago, almost forty, we three pioneer newspaper women of Saskatchewan decided to work with a view to writing a book in the couchie days of our retirement from the busy strain of office hours. This, however, lasted until each had reached her three score years or more, leaving her only borrowed time in which to complete her task.
Kate Simpson Hayes59, first society editor in the province, who had ticked her typewriter on the Regina Standard during the regime of Nicholas Flood Davin60, was the eldest of we three. All were to write of Saskatchewan. Kate chose to chronicle the doings of prominent citizens, politicians and business men. This she intended to do in a semi-fiction which would leave her the freedom of a facetious phrase.
          Irene Mo[o]re, her foot on the first rung of the ladder. was society editor on the Pheonix, Saskatoon. She chose for her part the eulogy of the beauties of Saskatchewan to be found in flowers, plants, valleys and streams, giving prominence to the North Saskatchewan[,] to her “the swift flowing father of waters”.
          I, Effie Laurie Storer, preferred to write historically from personal knowledge having traveled in the winter time and dating back to 1882 had seen the opening up of the “Last West”. To tell of people, what they did and how they lived in advance of civilization would be my story.
We kept our good intentions throughout the changing years, late in life each turned her thoughts to the fulfillment of her ambition.
          In 1940 I read a portion of Kate’s novel-to-be when she discussed with me the difficulty of rounding off the various chapters. Times had changed, friends had passed and in her little home in Victoria, B.C., the many witticisms of the prairie-days had lost their humor. She had delayed too long …… On January 15th., 1945, at the age of eighty-eight years, she laid down her pen …… her book unfinished.
          Irene Moore, Dinty, as friends affectionately called her, after moving to Regina spent strenuous years as editor of the woman’s page on the Regina Leader61. This work included the recording of all branches of women’s work and due to the publicity given through her department of the press, many seemingly impossible projects were carried to a successful issue. On retiring at the close of thirty-four years she was rewarded by generous praise and many mementos of friendship ….… In her seventy-first year, on May 12th, 1947 … one year from the day she was feted .… friends lowered her mortal remains into their last resting place. She sleeps in Edmonton, under Alberta skies, her monument the love and esteem of unnumbered friends in Saskatchewan, who knew her best …… her book unfinished.
          I, too, have delayed and sitting at my typewriter, my four-score years completed, busy with my paper, I wonder ………..


Harwood Hotel,
Moose Jaw, Sask.,
May 12th. 1947.


Appendix B: Illustration of the Battle of Fish Creek
Appendix C: Map of the Northwest Territories

        


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