Oh, this has been a tough one to wrap my head around but, I promised myself that I would not go out and photograph more properties until I dealt with the ones I had already taken, so….
Born in 1853, Mr. came to Manitoba as a young man from Ontario and purchased this land in 1881 for both surface and mineral rights. In 1892 he purchased the SW 1/4 with surface rights only.
This photo was taken back in December during the Christmas break. Looking at this photo now, I am actually impressed with the quality given that it was taken from the road, with the 600mm lens, hand held. I must have had steady hands that day!
His wife Susan arrived in Canada in 1882. She lived with her brothers around the Brandon area and then headed down towards Souris to live with another. Soon thereafter she met Mr. and they married in 1884.
As a couple they went through all the trials of an early pioneer family. They lost their home to fire in the early 1900’s and were forced to live with neighbors until their home was rebuilt. In 1906 their lost their 19 year old daughter to Brain Fever. Conditions that may now be described as brain fever include encephalitis, meningitis, cerebritis or scarlet fever.
Mr. accepted a position as the secretary-treasurer for the RM. He was also a police magistrate and would act as an arbiter and then Judge. Often, infuriated citizens would enter his office only to leave as his friend. Mr. was said to be a a wise man. He was part of a committee who pledged to build the local community hall. On top of that, he was also the secretary treasurer for the local school.
A staunch Conservative, Mr. suffered a stroke while at the polling stations in 1923 and later developed pneumonia. He died on June 29th. Mrs. went to live with her son until her death in 1947.
I cannot confirm when this house was built, if this family ever lived in it or if it was the second owners of this land that built the home.
On the day I visited this property for the second time, it was windy and cold and I walked through sometimes knee high snow to get a better shot of this house.
I’m not sure that I won’t go back there again for yet another look.