The Great-Great Grandfather of this land owner was known as the “Hallgrim the one-handed” and was lost at sea in 1873.
My eagle-eyed husband spotted this house from the highway on our way to photograph another home in Cypress. Fortunately, I had my maps and was able to locate the landowner and was granted permission to have a look around and photograph.
Originating from Vik, Flateyardal in Northern Ireland, “one-handed”‘s son immigrated to Canada in 1873. Born in 1844 and passing on in 1936, he travelled to Halifax with his wife whom died giving birth to their first child. He remarried and lived in Ontario and North Dakota. He lost his second wife and when he re-married they settled in the RM of Argyle in 1919.
His Grandson, AO was born in 1917 in Edmonton. AO with his parents, JA and GK, they settled in Winnipeg. JA, like his father, shared a love of music and while living in Winnipeg, played at the Rialto Theatre. The family then moved to Los Angeles, California for a short time where JA pursued his love of music. JA passed away in 1923 and shortly thereafter AO and his mother and sibling moved back to Manitoba.
If you look off into the trees, you will see a small body of water. I imagine that in its prime, this was a beautiful piece of property and a glorious place to raise a family. Off in the fields and towards the water were a couple pieces of old farming equipment.
During our visit to this property, we were in the prime of deer hunting season and the land owner warned us to please be careful as there were people that were given permission to hunt in and around the property. I had my bright pink winter coat on and Cade & Makenna both had orange vests along.
The home still had curtains and personal effects inside. There was a large hole chewed in the basement door so I decided not to go inside to look around.
AO enlisted in WWII in Winnipeg and trained in Brandon. He served in Italy, England, France and Holland. After the war he came back to Manitoba and purchased this quarter section of land.
In 1955 he married. They resided on the property until 1978 with their 3 children.
I very much enjoyed this old car. I could not believe that most of the glass was still intact. While there was nothing left of the seats, I’m sure it kept many a mouse warm in the years that it has been parked by this tree.