This evening for the first time in a long time I picked up my camera to take a picture of the sunset in my backyard. Initially I said to my husband, from our yard I could take a stunning sunset picture just about everyday.
So out I went only to discover there was no battery in the camera. Then I tried playing with the exposure and forgot how! It appears me, cold weather and photography don’t go together.
Anyways, I finally got it done. Not as crisp as I’d like but pretty good since I might be a little out of tune.
Remember this place that I made my family stop at when it was -47 or so out?
The family of John and Emma McFadyn was the first family to settle in what would become Parksbeg, Saskatchewan. John became the second station agent. He was born at Augustine Cove, Prince Edward Island in 1852.
This house stands on the on the North hillside beside the East bound TransCanada Highway.
It was one of the first houses in the area to have central heating and complete indoor plumbing.
In 1941 the Lawson’s moved into this house on the hill.
I came upon this home driving around down the back roads one afternoon with the girls. I do recall that on this day we made many finds.
I headed home and started calling around for permission.
Mr. & Mrs. M were married in 1890 and came to the area and purchased this section of land. It remained in the family until 1996 when another family took over the land to farm it. A small section of land is still owned by descendants of this man.
Mr. & Mrs. M had 3 sons. One married and raised his own daughters on this land. He had been farming the land on his own since he was 17 years old when he father passed away. The youngest, Stafford went away and joined the RCMP but later came back to farm the land with his brother and mother.
One of S’s daughters stayed on the property and was the third generation to farm this land. It was her pride and joy.
I have to admit that I wasn’t happy with my photos of the house as there was a hydro line running right across the front of it. You can see from this photo though, where the photo of the family in the car was taken.
D’s passion was horses. Following in her mother’s footsteps she started raising purebred Tennessee Walking Horses. Evidence of this love was all around the home and this barn built in 1916. Horses were purchased from D and sent to Minnesota, Montana and all over Canada.
This is another one of those homes where they left but knew they were going to keep coming back. Everything is inside. You could move right back in, except age and time won over and the floor has given to the test of time.
There was no way to get upstairs for a look but I imagine that this home and property was stunning in its time. Except for the floor, the home stands tall. The curtain from this upstairs window kept blowing in and out, inviting you inside.
This property is truly a timeless treasure.
On the Saturday morning on our way to Elkhorn for a hockey tournament the fog was so thick I didn’t even notice this house on the side of the road.
I had been waiting for this weekend for a long time as I was determined I was going to get photos of the Scallion House in Virden, once and for all. The fog had other plans for me.
So on Sunday afternoon heading to the rink for the championship game, I spotted this. I made a quick stop on the way home for a couple of road side shots.
The third owner of this land immigrated to Canada in 1846. I do not know if it was on this particular quarter section of land for sure but the documentation I found says it was. The record of the landowner documentation does not indicate when the land was sold or purchased nor does the history of the family. I do know that Mr. died in 1940 at the age of 63 but his Mrs. spent 10 more years on the farm before moving to Brandon.
The fourth owner of this land came to Manitoba in 1881 and was a partner with a real estate agency in Brandon. He traded this piece of land for a piece of property he owned in Wawanesa and this became the beginning of the family farm.
The family was active in their community and established Min-Mar Siding.
Their oldest son enlisted in the World War II and upon his return lived her with his wife and two kids. He then assumed the position of Secretary-Treasurer with the Turtle Mountain School Division.
The current owner purchased this land in 1978 and is a successful cattle farmer. He started building his herd at the age of 15. He married in 1980 and lived at this farm until 1985 when the home was partially damaged due to fire.
The property was full of valleys. The summer was dry so I can’t tell you if a lot of water ran through this property but I do know that the land is used for storing hay and I’m sure the cattle roam the property too.
While Reg goes along with me to shoot houses, his true passion is the farm equipment and old vehicles. He knows that I go home and I start researching to find out the history of the home with the hopes that I can find some connection in the town history books and word of mouth and through what we are told from landowners when we ask for permission to enter upon their land and photograph their buildings.
I found out this week that this was in fact a house, a very small house. The family divided the rooms with cloth for privacy.
This small home was built in 1946 when Mr. R returned from the war. He lived in the home with his wife for many years.
And I was right when I assumed that the home had been moved off the wood pile we found to where it currently rests.
And while it appears that today might not be a good day for me to try to wrap around my head around pages of family history, I can say that there is some relation from this home and the home of the unmarried lady whom took the bus to school with the kids once in a while.