Tag Archives: Prairie history

World’s Worst Diet Saved Many a Cook

When western Canada was being settled young brides and single women were coming from England, cities in the East and Ontario to marry and/or join a husband on his homestead.  But they often found themselves at a loss with regard … Continue reading

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Homesteading in the Canadian West: Log Houses and Soddies

My last post described the mansion C.R. Daniels built for his American bride.  Now for a reality check.  Let’s follow the journey of a would-be-landowner who arrived on one of the immigrant trains and describe the houses MOST prairie folks … Continue reading

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Your Typical Sod Shack? NOT!

In 1910 C.R. Daniels, a prosperous land owner and farmer in the Lethbridge area, build a mansion for his new wife.  This unique 2 ½ story house–6,389 square feet–included seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, an indoor pool and solarium. He built … Continue reading

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The Box Social

Ah, springtime! When a young man’s fancy, they say, turns to thoughts of love. This was especially true for the many bachelors who had left family behind in the old country and come to Canadian homesteads in the early days.  … Continue reading

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