Retired and loving it. If I'd have known about retirement befor I started my 40 year career with the government of Manitoba I'd have retired first. :)
By: plapman , 2:01 PM GMT on January 19, 2012
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.
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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