We’ll always remember ‘Rusty’

I was doubly thrilled to meet young Travis Green when he came from his family store to correct our TV reception.
After climbing to our roof, he left us with that old Green smile without charging a nickel—and our TV set never worked better. This was a free service because Green’s always has been a favourite shopping centre (beat that if you can!)
Travis is following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, R.V. (Rusty) Green. This is so unmistakable that I was forced to inquire whether Travis is Rusty’s only red-haired descendant—and learned this was true.
Rusty always made friends while he showed us his business genius, whether that would be with furniture or funerals or real estate. Now it appears his family success will continue unbroken for generations.
Travis, incidentally, also is the grandson of our great Allan Cup defenceman and team captain, “Sambo” Fedoruk, I learned later. I’d call Sambo a modest man, too, patient and quiet like Travis, but Rusty was long recognized as the business brains of our town.
This was known for many years as Rusty volunteered for service with whatever worthwhile was going on: town council, Chamber of Commerce, school board, or Allan Cup committee. Everything public always caught Rusty’s attention—even curling!
And when Rusty probably doubled his fortune through the purchase of the Shevlin Clark lumber yard, and then dispersed its lots to scores of home builders (as well as to the town for its present hockey arena), nobody complained because nobody else here could have managed that deal!
Considered today, Rusty has to be called a tremendous asset to this community. Maybe he should have become a leading Canadian politician while his charm and good works spread from coast to coast.
But Rusty was content with his local career, possibly because of his American background. He stepped in early on from International Falls to become probably our most beloved citizen—and leave behind a reputation we all hope that Travis and the other young Greens can continue to uphold.
(Incidentally, we learned other repairmen from outside were charging $90 for the volunteer job that Travis looked after for us).
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Besides ignoring all those huge trees along Second Street East, our only through street, while we wait for them to crash down during future winds, construction crews have taken pains to create a very hazardous highway escape from town along “Hamburger Alley.”
But their luck was holding there as only one “barrel” had been tipped, it seemed Sunday, although the barrels were perilously close together.
Lots of scary stuff around, huh?
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Highway 502 to Dryden saw another accident that left it blocked Sunday. This is becoming common along there.
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Hoping to continue the success of Rainy River’s recent centennial celebration, our down river neighbours have two more big weekends planned.
Buzz and Peggy Minielly hope the annual pumpkin festival (or the “Golden Hoe” contest offering a $1,000 first prize for the largest entry) as well as a walleye derby also will do very well.
That huge tent so popular for all district community affairs will be appearing in Rainy River again, where the excitement is becoming on-going.
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Fond as I can be of shopping for groceries, despite my complete ignorance of cooking, I intend to start staying out of such stores because much of the packaging is so attractive that I can load up on items I never use after I open them.
For instance, vegetable soup has been spoiled for me in recent years by including flour products, apparently merely for filling.
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It’s a pleasure to put Steve Mainville’s name in my column after his kind assistance for me entering the Rainy Lake Hotel, where the roadside curb is high.
He volunteered because I’m still using two canes.
Larry Syrovy, the hotel owner, assisted my departure while we discussed the past, when his establishment was tied to the Kenricia Hotel and they had a bus running between them.
Larry, the “youngster” from Czechoslovakia, says he is full of similar plans in future. The Rainy Lake and her sister hotel always represented elegance.
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Ella Morton, one of several Edinburgh, Scotland war brides introduced here by members of our 17th Forestry Corps, already has returned to her old home seven times—and might go again although travel has become much more expensive.
A one-way trip today would cost $1,700 or more!
With her late husband, Walter, who died at their former home in Kamloops, B.C., they had three sons and, like her two sisters, had no daughters. They had a total of seven sons.
Diminutive Ella never weighed more than 90 pounds.
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Discussing the loss of local hotels, including the Fort Frances, Irwin, Prince Albert, and Emperor, someone mentioned that our main street Rainy Lake Hotel has had the same caretaker, Dwayne Chernaske, for 40 years now.
As well as I knew his large North End family, which included my best friend, I find this hard to believe about Dwayne.
Our only other hotel was the White Pine Inn, where I did his type of work for the Egans, who preceded the colourful Crawfords. That was during the early ’40s.
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Still searching for locally-written books, I added the “Allan Cup Trail” to my collection that includes “Fort Frances” (both by our historian, Neil McQuarrie) and “Connections” (early La Vallee history).
I expect James Andrews of Devlin to contribute his “Mountain Pilots” book concerning uranium prospecting around his Colorado home, and also the startling story about the trip to Alaska by the Orrie Kielczewski family.
This latter author is Lenora Moe, a daughter and former hospital worker here.
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You know Walter Christiansen, the captain of our Allan Cup champions of 1952, has a great photograph in that book where his entire team, the Canadians, are well represented.
Walter took time to visit me in hospital and that was much appreciated.
Now, as the days shorten and fall threatens, many of us still will be missing the excitement surrounding senior hockey for so many years.
Not that hockey isn’t still our fall, winter, and spring entertainment, but the thrill of taking it clean across the country as before may never be repeated here.

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