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1. Bomb crater in Hamersveld
(also known as Leusden-Centrum)
in Utrecht, Netherlands
2. Not tanks, but excavation machine
hit by bomb, 1940
3. Dutch army blew up bridge
because Germans were coming
4. Carl and Margaret Kaas, Sioux Narrows
5. Carl Kaas in cabin, Sioux Narrows
6. Carl and friends built a new raft
to replace old one which tipped over in the wind.
Took 3 weeks to finally retrieve sunken vehicle.
7. Carl Kaas having lunch en route to outpost,
Lake of the Woods, Sioux Narrows
8. Retrieving car which sank
in Lake of the Woods, Sioux Narrows
9. Cutting ice blocks 3' thick by hand.
Ice blocks covered with saw dust to keep from melting.
10. Only store open in winter.
Store owner wants Carl Kaas to chop wood.
Carl Kaas sawing wood, Sioux Narrows
11. Carl and Margaret Kaas working
in their own Grocery Store in Welland
12. Dutch friend and Carl Kaas, 1939
13. Water tank supplies water for tourist camp.
Margaret and Carl Kaas at tourist fishing camp,
Lake of the Woods, Sioux Narrows, ca. 1949-1953
14. Margaret leaning on truck
with boxes holding all their possessions, circa 1953.
Sailed from Holland with these homemade crates, ca. 1948.
Arrived and worked in western Canada,
then trucked boxes from Manitoba to Ontario.
15. Carl and friends built outpost camp,
6 miles from main camp, out in wilderness
16. Margaret beside family car nicknamed
"Coast-to-Coast Caribou Express", Sioux Narrows
17. Margaret Kaas beside Caribou truck,
18. Margaret and Carl in their Caribou truck
"Convertible pickup Ford Model A"
"Best Ford ever made," says Carl, 2 Nov. 2014.
19. Ice house. Pulley used to pull ice blocks
into house for storage
for use in coming summer months.
20. Margaret near lumber camp, Sioux Narrows.
Cut lumber laid on road. To travel on this road,
Carl Kaas drives the truck up and down
over logs laid on the ground.
21. Margaret holding a native baby
in a tikinagan, Sioux Narrows
22. Carl Kaas's winter job.
Here he skis through the woods to make a short cut
to cut ice blocks, Sioux Narrows
23. Margaret Kaas works in the kitchen as housekeeper.
Dutch soldier poses with occupants of the bombed house.
Invasion of Holland, 10 May 1940.
24. Sioux Narrows Bridge. Built in 1936
of Douglas fir timber as an all-wooden truss bridge,
at 210 feet (64 m), it is the longest
single-span wooden bridge in North America.
Due to its unique construction, the bridge was
designated an Ontario Heritage Site. ~ Wikipedia
25. Carl Kaas's hand-drawn Map of Gelderse Vallei,
Netherlands, May 1940
The Gelderland Valley is a region
located in central Netherlands.
It is two thirds in the province of Gelderland
and one third in the province of Utrecht. ~ Wikipedia.