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“Bigger farms had decided to use the land to create a larger farming area,” says Steinke.
“Sadly, August died of what we believe was an aneurism in Dec. 1951.”
Author donates profit
Local author Molly Anne Warring is leading the charge to raise the $1.1 million needed to complete the new $16-million Herb Jamieson Centre for homeless men.
“I shudder each time I think of people sleeping out when Edmonton’s Arctic-type winters close in,” says octogenarian Warring.
“I plan to donate the profits for my fourth book in my Paradise series, Emma, Ellen, Emil and I, to the help build the new Centre, which will raise bed availability to 400 beds from 249.”
The federal and provincial government have each donated $4 million for the construction and some 3,500 Edmontonians have to date donated a total of $6.9 million to match their investment.
Warring has a long history with the Jamieson Centre, named for Herb Jaimeson who owned a Jasper Place hardware store; chaired the Hope Mission board in the 1930s; served as an Alberta MLA (1959-1963) and who was an Edmonton city councillor (1980-1983).
“I was so impressed with the centre’s work that for 20 years I collected winter coats and later jeans underwear, sweatshirts, pants, toques and mitts, for destitute men sheltering at the Centre,” says Warring.
“I also taught a writing course there one year and now, somewhat older, I hope my book sales will help. But sales have been extremely poor during the COVID-19 pandemic and many events where my books sold well, such as the Smoky Lake Pumpkin Festival and the Vegreville Pysanka Festival, were cancelled.”
Warring’s books are now on sale at Audrey’s Books, Mundare Sausage and Uncle Ed’s Restaurant.