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ST. CHARLES CHURCH - TAWATINAW
In 1917, a log church was replaced with this frame structured building and all the work was donated by the parishioners. Once or twice a month the priest travelled 21 kilometers by horse and buggy via the Athabasca Landing Trail to serve this parish. During the winter he came by horse and cutter which took many hours, keeping his feet warm with a coal briquette foot warmer heater. He had a small barn behind the church for his horse and feed suplies. He stayed overnight in the back of the church which was partitioned off and equipped with a stove and bed. His dog, Prince always travelled with him.
In 1935 this church was moved from about one quarter mile to it's present location here in the hamlet of Tawatinaw. The Tawatinaw River located behind the church often flooded parts of the hamlet .The postmaster who had a boat would help the people cross over to attend the service.
The photograph which I worked with was taken in Tawatinaw, Alberta, Canada. My parents, a brother, a sister and myself were all married in this church so that was a motivation for me to try and make it a sweet memory.
March 23rd, 2012
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