Extreme Wind Chills and the First Homestead in Western canada

By: plapman , 2:01 PM GMT on January 19, 2012

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Today will be sunny with a west wind at 20 km/h. The high will be -22C(-8F). There is an extreme wind chill of -43C(-45.4F).
Tonight will remain clear with a wind up to 15 km/h. The overnight low will be -30C(-22F).The wind chill will be -40 on both the centigrade and fahrenheit scales.
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A quiet day on the prairie yesterday compared to the day before. I did get 1 horse harness made. I cheated and used bicycle tube for the collar, chest and girth straps. I found an old jewelery chain for the tugs. The driver of that team had better be good on the brakes on a downhill run or the poor horses will be run over. I'll have to look for a picture for a solid tug. I may drive some straight pins thrroug the rubber to dress the harnness up a bit and represent buckles.
it looks like Abbey and me will be grounded again today with the wind chill warning in effect. I've yet to know why my ancestors stayed in Manitoba after experiencing thier first winter here. They were either hardy or too poor to move on to warmer climes. When the first settlers arrived on the northern edge the land would have to be cleared of the native aspen trees before and farming could be done.I guess the offer of a free 1/4 section in the homestead act had alot to do with it.
Just north of Portage is a carin making the first homestead in western Canada.
Story from Historic Sites of Manitoba photo by Gordon Goldbsurrough
First Homestead in Western Canada (RM of Portage la Prairie)
Following the new system of survey adopted in 1871 the Canadian government inaugurated its homestead policy which in due time attracted settlers from all parts of the world. One mile west of this cairn, on the north-east quarter of section 35, township 12, range 7 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, was the homestead of John Sutherland Sanderson, whose application was filed on 2 July 1872 and numbered “1”. The cairn was erected in 1945 by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

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4. Ylee
8:56 PM GMT on January 20, 2012
Hi, Tony! The Queen is gone, and hopefully the kids are taking a nap! Take a break and say howdy, OK? :))
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3. Alleyoops
8:52 PM GMT on January 20, 2012
OK you old fart, hope all is well with you and the family. Cold like hell here in SW Ontario with temps in the teens but we know enough to stay inside where its warm, don't we???

Here it is almost 4 PM here and we have not seen any updates from ya, so I thought I would just drop by and see if all is fine....let us know when you get a break from all your chores and finish spoiling those little ones...

BIG HUGS to all.
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2. unclemush
6:58 PM GMT on January 19, 2012
The old timers were a hardy bunch.Of course all the weaker ones died young.Only the strong survived.
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1. Alleyoops
6:55 PM GMT on January 19, 2012
Good afternoon Tony. Just did a bit grocery shopping that should last me almost a month. I try to do this when the weather can turn nasty, especially filling the freezer with goodies...weather was nasty when I left and now its starting to clear up...go figure...LOL My driver was saying they are having white outs on the 401 around Tilbury and north of here in the Wallaceburg area. Does not surprise me. I am sure there will be lake effect snow blowing through as the next 3 days progress. At least its not bitterly cold like it was yesterday.

I noticed you mention a Mr Sanderson who was the first WHITE settler to go to Portage...by the name I would say these folks were use to growing up in a colder climate and that the Prairies would not be so bad a place for them to live. Norway, Sweden and Finland are all cold countries. The French came a little while later as did the others. Native Peoples were the first settlers of the land, many migrating as the buffalo herds moved about for prairie grasses etc. They had to be a hardy bunch to survive out there.

Well dear one, have a great afternoon. Now that I finally have had something to eat, taken my meds, my eyes are starting to get heavy...will I sleep, maybe a wee nap later....LOL
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