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Shepard, Alberta in the 1930s and Early 1940s
Reminiscences by Stan Humenuk
by Stan Humenuk




If you enjoy reading simple human-interest stories and would like to learn things at the same time, you will enjoy reading the author’s reminiscences in this book about growing up in Shepard, Alberta, a small hamlet near the City of Calgary in the 1930s and early 1940s. This book also will appeal to history buffs, cartographers, teachers and professors, students of social history, and anyone interested in family histories, particularly those from Shepard, past or present. You will learn how morality was instilled in children unobtrusively, and how their behavior was developed by innovating ways of playing and socializing. Importantly also, you will learn how people made a living in a small hamlet at a railway junction surrounded by an area of agricultural farmland.

After the start of World War II in 1939 a military airfield was built near Shepard that was used throughout the early 1940s. Along with airfields in Calgary and other airfields nearby in southern Alberta, the entire area provided land terrain suitable for emergency landings if necessary by training aircraft. Airplane pilots, navigators and radio operators were trained for the Royal Canadian Air Force and allied countries as well as airmen from Australia and New Zealand as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Program. The author of this book has stories from this period about the aircraft seen flying frequently in this area, about certain aircraft related incidents, and how the airmen created ways to have a social life even while on duty.

The objective of the book is to provide historical primary source information in an entertaining way through human-interest stories.


Stan Humenuk has a background in farming, academia, administration, translating and interpreting. He was a university library department head, a mid-size museum managing director, and site interpreter for various sites in Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village. With a Master’s degree in Library Science and a PhD in History he contributed toward developing part of the US Library of Congress Classification System for books and applicable subject headings. He presented papers at academic conferences, and written articles and book reviews for academic journals. Mechanically inclined, he has a US Letters Patent for an Article Storage and Retrieval System with claims for fourteen innovations. Mostly, he enjoys sharing human-interest stories from his various life experiences. With love, he is thankful for the love and help received from his daughter, Natalie, and son, Zinovy. With love, Stan is very grateful to his wife, Anne, whose love, care, and support made all this possible.


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