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Norka Days at Stony Plain, Alberta
Electronic mail message from Donna Stainthorp Baxmeyer,
My husband and I live about 90 minutes north of Calgary
in a small rural town. Ponoka is about 30 miles north of Red Deer
and about 60 miles south of Edmonton, the provincial capitol. I
was born in Edmonton, and raised in a small town west from there,
called Stony Plain. This is where my grandparents emigrated and
there are hundreds of Germans descendants from Russia in this area.
They have a yearly celebration in Stony Plain called "Norka Days"
and some of the history they have available is fascinating. My mother,
Lydia Stainthorp, is the last surviving member of our side of the
One memory I have from my grandfather is that at
one time he was the driver of a troika for an "Archbishop" and told
me of a miracle that occurred during one of their outings. I don't
know if this is true, but it sure brings a warm feeling to picture
my grandfather and the helm! My grandparents were from the Christian
Reformed denomination, and after settling in Stony Plain, he was
one of the construction volunteers in building the original church
which is still there. The family members that have passed on are
buried on site in the family plot. I am so excited about this aspect,
and thank you again for your information.
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