"On March 19 , Mildred Richardson of Tavistock, Ont., reached her 100th birthday. She received a congratulatory certificate from Archbishop Fred Hiltz. Richardson has spent a lifetime serving the Anglican church. A former grade school teacher, in the 1940s she spent two summers plying the back roads of northern British Columbia in a two-ton Sunday school van. 'It wasn't for everyone. You were far away from the amenities of home and you had to keep in shape', recalls Richardson. As a 'vanner' she drove one of Eva Hasell's 24 vehicles that brought Anglican teaching to rural Canada from 1920 to the 1970s. 'If your van broke down on an isolated road, you had to wait until help came along', Richardson recalls. Luckily, the big Fords were equipped with beds. 'We had a little camping stove and we ate mostly out of cans', she says. 'Sometimes we got invited to dinner, and sometimes people held canned-goods "showers" for us'. Her 35-year teaching career included two years at Indian residential schools in Alberta. 'What upset me most was that the children were punished for speaking their native language', she says. 'You'd be surprised how quickly I could turn deaf'." [Text of entire article.]
"By F.H. Eva Hasell, Author of 'Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan' and 'Through Western Canada in a Caravan'."
"Illustrated from photographs by the author".
"'The last homesteading land in the great North-West, the Peace River'. This placard greets you in the cities of Canada to-day. Europe responds, and from the over-populated countries of the Old World folk go up in their thousands to this land, which promises a glorious future to all who will work for it. The fame of the Peace River crops has spread far and wide, but few think of the spiritual harvest. Throughout Western Canada, in the remote districts, 'the hungry sheep look up and are not fed'. Secular education alone does not satisfy. They are all longing for something higher". -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction -- List of Illustrations -- In the Diocese of Brandon, Manitoba, 1925 -- In the Diocese of Kootenay, British Columbia, 1926 -- The Second Kootenay Tour, 1927 -- In the Diocese of Caledonia, 1928 -- In the Diocese of Caledonia, 1929 -- Conclusion.
Colophon: Printed in Great Britain by Billing and Sons, Ltds., Guildford and Esher.
"How refreshing to see the story of Mildred Richardson in the current issue of the 'Anglican Journal' ["'Vanner' turns 100", April 2013, p. 2] as she celebrates her centennial. Those of us who recall the Sunday school caravan truck coming into our little communities will remember these wonderful servants of God who gave so much to bring the Christian message to children and also adults during the summer months. .... These two ladies [Miss Hasell and Miss Sayle] and the many others who volunteered to drive and teach started off in 1922, long before Canadian women were classed as 'persons' (1929), on roads even men would not tackle. .... In 1999 all the vanners, some of whom still attend, were honoured with a bronze plaque in the narthex of Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa. We send greetings to Milldred on this major milestone and to all who gave service as 'vanners' across this wide Dominions".
"By Ruby Robinson, Sometime Superintendent C.C.C. Society's Hostel, and S.S.P. Office, Saskatoon [and] Margery Godward, Driver and Teacher on the Vans".
An anecdotal description of the work (and history) of the Sunday School by Post in the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon as narrated by two vanners, "Mary" and "Ray". The beginning of Sunday School by Post is credited to Deaconess Jessie Bolton in 1907 (p. 39).
Contents: Foreword -- Starting Out -- Delivering the Message -- Sowing the Seed -- From Somewhere in the Bush -- Homeward Bound -- Questions and Answers -- Opening the Mail -- "The Church in the House of .." -- A Great Little Missionary -- Packets and Parcels.
Colophon: Church Army Press and Supplies Limited, Cowley, Oxford, England.
Includes two pages of illustrations from Canada, in addition to illustrations from Australia and Africa.
"By F.H. Eva Hasell, Author of 'Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan'."
"Illustrated from photographs by the author".
"This book contains the record of Miss Hasell's last three tours, the first one being described in 'Across the Prairie'. Two points, perhaps, require explanation -- the perils and difficulties of the road, and the amount of mechanical motoring detail given. The first is accounted for by the fact that Miss Hasell habitually takes her van into parts hitherto deemed inaccessible for such a heavy vehicle, and she follows trails which the local people who direct her have perhaps only traversed with a wagon; in short, she is always ready to attempt the impossible if that is the only way to reach some isolated family. .... She is, of course, an exceptionally skilful driver, with a licence dating from 1914. She is also a practical mechanic, hence the intimate details of her car's intestines. She is writing for other practical motorists -- which all who would travel much in Western Canada must be -- and therefore she minutely describes difficulties encountered and how she dealt with them". -- Intro.
Contents: Introductory -- List of Illustrations -- Preparations - Beginning work in Alberta -- On the trails -- "Some" hills -- The end of the Calgary tour -- Into the Edmonton diocese -- In lonely places -- "Water, water, everywhere -- By "rural routes" -- Mud: with a polite interlude -- "A number of things" -- We stop a train -- Across the Rockies -- Of sundry matters -- Mountain roads -- On the old Cariboo trail -- By mail truck and mail boat -- Among the gold mines -- Conclusion.