Hiebert on Heritage

Dr. Richard Hiebert

Dr. Richard Hiebert

Dr. Richard Hiebert is a former high school principal. He writes primarily in education and, history, but also writes short stories and novellas for high school students, humour, romantic essays, and children’s literature. He can be contacted at centurysound@sasktel.net, 306-445-5985 or 306-441-5810.

  • Uranium City: Saskatchewan’s last frontier

    Recently, I came across a dated document on Uranium City in my extensive files. There was no author. So I simply referenced it as “document” and I give credit to the anonymous writer, whoever he, . . .

    Richard W. HiebertSeptember 13, 2019

  • Chief Sam Swimmer and Senator Ben Prince

    At the outset, I must give credit, and a commendation, to the folks who compiled Now and Then, Battleford Historic Resources. I put my own spin on this article of course. But I confess much of the . . .

    Dr. Richard W. HiebertJune 2, 2019

  • Gil Risling and the Louisiana Hayride

    I interviewed Gil Risling and his brother, Bill, in January, 2018, at my usual place – the Co-op Café. It was quite a congenial affair – about three hours. I finished Bill’s remarkable life and . . .

    Richard Wilfred HiebertApril 13, 2019

  • The old St. Vital Church: A short history

    This essay will give an overview of the evolution of the St. Vital Church from its inception in 1877 and the construction of the church in 1883, and a synopsis of the Catholic education system in . . .

    By Richard W. HiebertDecember 20, 2018

  • Winston Churchill: His finest hour

    On the occasion of Remembrance Day, this essay is dedicated to the many thousands of brave souls who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War, the Second World War, the Korean Conflict and the . . .

    Richard W. HiebertNovember 11, 2018

  • A History of Bows and Arrows

    At the outset, I must give credit to Roland Bohr of Canadian History Magazine for his wonderful account of the history of bows and arrows. He did a superlative job. Circa 1876. Near Delmas, . . .

    Richard HiebertApril 19, 2018

  • Bill Risling: His extraordinary life

    I interviewed Bill and Gil Risling at the Co-op Café in January. It was a long interview – at least three hours. There was much to tell. This article will have a sequel –Gil’s story in a future . . .

    Richard W. HiebertApril 5, 2018

  • Larry Symynuk: The singer in the band

    It isn’t often that I get to interview a singer in a band. That’s what Larry Symynuk does. He sings in a band. He also plays guitar (and plays it well). My wife and I attended a session at the . . .

    Richard W. HiebertFebruary 8, 2018

  • North Battleford’s historic corner stores

    North Battleford’s corner stores were a vital fixture of the city over the years. They provided work and an income for hundreds of our citizens. And often, perhaps most of the time, they provided . . .

    Richard W. HiebertJanuary 31, 2018

  • The Bucket of Blood

    Across 100th Street from Kerr’s Cleaners and north of Milbanke Flowers across the adjacent parking lot stands a 112-year-old building. It was constructed in 1906. The building has a unique . . .

    Richard W. HiebertJanuary 25, 2018

  • William and the Shadows

    William and the Shadows – an extraordinary musician and band. I interviewed William Prescesky at the Co-op Café on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at one o’clock. William was born June 13, 1938, to Mike . . .

    Dr. Richard HiebertDecember 23, 2017

  • Hiebert on Heritage: Phil Leibel and the Knights of Rhythm

    Patricia Quinn, Phil Leibel’s daughter, met me at Tim Hortons on Dec. 8, 2016, to relate her dad’s life and musical career. It was a long interview; there was much to tell. Phil Leibel, the . . .

    Richard HiebertDecember 14, 2017

  • Hiebert on Heritage - Gary Gansauge: For the love of music

    On one occasion back in the 1980s, my band, The Rhythm Aces, was booked to play for a rodeo dance at the Civic Centre. We were hard pressed for a keyboard player. But then, at the 11th hour, Gary . . .

    Richard HiebertDecember 14, 2017

  • Hiebert on Heritage: Jon Sloan and friends

    Jon and I go back a long way – 47 years and some months to be exact when we began our teaching careers at Cairns Junior High School in 1970. I remember Jon playing guitar for his Grade 7 class. He . . .

    Richard HiebertDecember 8, 2017

  • Duane Heinze: the best in the business

    There are some remarkable musicians in the Battlefords and area so when I refer to Duane as, “the best in the business” I mean he’s the best steel guitar player, and the best fiddle player in the . . .

    Richard W. HiebertNovember 29, 2017

  • Bruce and Peg Gilchrist: A profile in courage

    Most of the people I know (including myself) are, well, just average. But every now and then, I discover one or two individuals who are truly extraordinary. Bruce and Peg Gilchrist fall into this . . .

    Richard W. HiebertNovember 8, 2017

  • Assyrian film producer and film crew visit North Battleford

    On Wednesday, May 3, City Archivist Tammy Donahue Buziak phoned me to tell me that a film producer in Toronto wanted to meet me. Really. I couldn’t imagine why. It was because I’ve done research . . .

    Richard W. HiebertJune 19, 2017

  • Arnold and Helmay Loewen: Music is in their soul

    I have known Arnold and Helmay Loewen for many years. Back in the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s, Arnold (referred to as “Arnie” by many of his friends) cut my hair (he’s now retired). Helmay was his . . .

    Richard W. HiebertJune 1, 2017

  • Dick Scotton: A versatile and accomplished fiddle player

    I first met Dick Scotton in 1975 when we were on staff at McLurg High School in Wilkie, Saskatchewan. I was a young physical education teacher; Dick was the biology and high school science teacher.. . .

    Richard W. HiebertMay 17, 2017

  • The 1977 Vawn High School football team: Champions of the gridiron

    In June of 1976 I was interviewed by the Vawn School Board and the Turtleford School District (Vawn-Edam) trustee for the principalship of Vawn High School. I was young and had no school . . .

    Richard W. HiebertFebruary 22, 2017

  • The legendary Mellotones dance band

    June 3, 1966 was the date of my high school graduation at Carpenter High School in Meadow Lake. The Student Representative Council had to decide what band to book for the graduation dance. My band,. . .

    Richard W. HiebertJanuary 31, 2017

  • Mel and Carol Deagnon: Carmel country

    My friends in the Battlefords senior music fraternity persuaded me to attend a Sunday afternoon jam session and dance at the Pioneer Hall on Railway Avenue South. I’m glad I went, and I was . . .

    Richard W. HiebertJanuary 6, 2017

  • Dave Hiebert – A guitar wizard

    Over the last few years, folks in the Battlefords music community told me a guy by the name of Dave Hiebert could really play the guitar. Then on one occasion, when I was DJing a 50th wedding . . .

    Richard W. HiebertDecember 24, 2016

  • The legendary John Grieve Oliver: Builder, ferryman and entrepreneur

    The most complicated and critical piece of equipment for John Oliver’s ferry was the boiler. Oliver dismantled his sawmill at Turtle Lake (he had rebuilt it after it had been destroyed by fire at . . .

    Richard W. HiebertDecember 17, 2016

  • The legendary John Grieve Oliver: Builder, ferryman and entrepreneur

    Part 2 of 3

    Richard W. HiebertDecember 10, 2016

  • The legendary John Grieve Oliver: builder, ferryman and entrepreneur

    (First of three parts) Miss Cora Hind of the Winnipeg Free Press visited Battleford in September of 1907 and wrote of her experiences with the Battleford steam ferry: “You leave that nightmare . . .

    Richard W. HiebertNovember 29, 2016

  • Saskatchewan a leader in treatment of mentally ill

    Yes, unfortunately, I think the writing is on the wall, and the intent, I believe, is to raze the building. Readers of the Regional Optimist may recall my letter to premier Brad Wall and his reply . . .

    Richard W. HiebertNovember 6, 2016

  • The senior dance bands fraternity

    Usually every morning during the week at the Discovery Co-op Cafeteria, local musicians and a few of their wives and friends meet for coffee. There’s the usual good-natured banter of course on the . . .

    Richard W. HiebertOctober 26, 2016

  • Rick Hiebert and the Rhythm Aces

    Music has always been, and continues to be, a large and integral part of my life. I learned to play guitar as a child. I formed a rock band at age 17. I played in country bands for 16 years, and . . .

    Richard W. HiebertOctober 22, 2016

  • The Swingalongs: A great early band

    In this series of articles, Dr. Richard Hiebert tells the stories of the Battlefords' great dance bands from the 1940s to the present. At the outset, I must thank Jack Bouma, a former member of . . .

    Richard W. HiebertOctober 12, 2016

  • Battle Creek – nothing to prove, just having fun

    In this series of articles, Dr. Richard Hiebert tells the stories of the Battlefords' great dance bands from the 1940s to the present. Wednesday, March 23, at the Li King Café in Battleford, I . . .

    Richard W. HiebertApril 7, 2016

  • Harry Startup: a long and varied career in music

    I recall my wife and I attending a function in North Battleford in the mid 1970s at which Harry Startup and Bandy were playing. I remember saying, “that’s the best band I ever heard, and Harry is . . .

    Richard W. HiebertMarch 28, 2016

  • Danny and the Dusters

    At the outset, I must thank Colin Keller for providing me with a draft on the great country rock band, Danny and the Dusters. Recently, Danny and the Dusters band members celebrated 25 years . . .

    Richard W. Hiebert Ph.DMarch 24, 2016

  • Blue Denim reunited for centennial New Year's Eve bash

    From its earliest days, even before it was a city, North Battleford enjoyed a vibrant social life – parties, movies, concerts, sports, picnics, reunions, fairs, travelling road shows (Chautaquas at. . .

    Richard W. HiebertMarch 17, 2016

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