HAUTE

I was lucky enough to be told the location of this home from a fellow abandon seeker in the area whom I believe’s great grandmother or grandmother once lived in the home.

The original owner of this land came to Manitoba in 1885 from Quebec.  He married in 1894 and then bought this land.  The first buildings on the land were a low frame house a log barn and a shop.  The two latter were sod covered.

In 1918 Mr. decided it was time for a new house and planned for a two and a half storey home that was 25 by 32 feet.  The materials were purchased from G.B. Robinson, a lumber dealer in Elgin, Manitoba.  Recorded total cost for the materials and labor to build the home was $4,448.53.

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Mr was an avid goose hunter and I would imagine the hunting was very good off the Whitewater Lake.  It is said that many loads of geese were shipped to Winnipeg via rail and served as a delicacy in posh hotels.

Mr. & Mrs. had five children.

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The home was a stop over for men hauling wood from the Turtle Mountains across the Whitewater Lake who would warm up and have refreshments before carrying on to the Elgin District.

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The youngest son farmed the land until 1966 when they moved to a nearby town.

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