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Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

Volume 5

Volume 1

Lauder Sandhills       Web  / PDF      Vol. I, Page 3
The creation, habitiation and settlement of a unique area.
Places Link

Ther Souris Basin Fur Trade      Web  / PDF     Vol.  I, Page 8
The Souris Basin was very important in the fur trade of the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Ash House      Web  / PDF     Vol.  I, Page 9
Ash House was built on the north shore of the Souris as a canoe fort.

Fort Mr. Grant     Web  / PDF      Vol.  I, Page 12
Fort Mr. Grant was built sometime between 1824 and 1826 on the Souris River near Hartney.

Fort Desjarlais      Web  / PDF     Vol.  I, Page 13
Fort Desjarlais is remembered today as the most prominent and successful of the Souris River trading posts.
Places Link

Hartney       Web  / PDF       Vol. I, Page  25
James Hartney's interest in the area began later in 1881. He bought two sections of land and hired labourers to work it before he moved to the area in 1882 with his family.

Grande Clairière Convent        Web  / PDF      Vol.  I, Page 29
The beginning of the Grande Clairière Convent was marked in 1898 when Father J. Gaire, the parish priest from Grande Clairière, was visiting the family of one of his parishioners in France.
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Volume 2

Volume 3

Mullett Site     WebPDF      Vol.  III, Page 12
The period of the site’s occupation likely stretches from the Besant Period (BCE 500 to AD 750) right up to the pre-contact era.

Dand Stone Features  WebPDF     Vol. III  Page 16
The purpose behind these mysterious and unique features may never be determined

The American Fort          Web  / PDF     Vol.  III, Page 17
The American Fur Company’s attempt to lay claim to the furs along the Souris River - about 1810 - 1828

Grande Clairiere
Web  / PDF    Vol.  III, Page 31
In the spring of that year new settlers began arriving from France and by July there were 43 homes and almost 150 people in Grande Clairière.  

Chain Lakes Quaker Church        Web  / PDF     Vol.  III, Page 46
The area around Chain Lakes was settled by Quakers—also commonly known as “Friends.”
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A. E. Hill Store: The Hart-Cam Museum       Web  / PDF      Vol.  III, Page 47
The 120 year old building that today houses the Hart-Cam Museum spent most of its life serving as a general store. It later became a restaurant, museum . . . and Hollywood film set? Yes indeed – not only once, but twice!

Volume 4

Melgund - Almost a Village      Web  / PDF       Vol. IV , Page  9
Before Hartney and Lauder beame villages, Melgund was on the map. Although it never became a centre of commerce, it did endure as acommunity.

Tena's Boarding House     Web  / PDF     Vol.  IV, Page 24
In today.

The Edwards Sisters - Business Partners     Web  / PDF     Vol.  IV, Page 31
What did Mr. and Mrs. Edwards think when Alice and Ida, at quite a young age, took the unusual step of moving to a nearby community and going into business?
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Mrs. Weightman Comes to Canada       Web  / PDF     Vol.  IV, Page 32
Mrs. Weightman, a widow from Berwickshire, in northern England, and her children, arrived at their homestead in the spring of 1882 after a fifty-six day journey from Edinburgh, Scotland. 
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Volume 5

Mr. Logan Comes To Lauder     Web  / PDF   Vol.  V, Page 8
The journey of one of Lauder's founding fathers.

Places Link

A Railway Builder’s Challenge— Crossing the River     Web  / PDF     Vol.  V, Page 9
The wooden trestles were used to cross steep ravines, and later filled with earth
Places Link

The Three Bridges at Riverside    Web  / PDF  Vol.  V, Page 10
This well-used crossing of the Souris River has seen a few changes.
Places Link

Jimmy Jock – Minto Cemetery’s First Resident      Web  / PDF Vol.  V, Page 15
Jimmy Jock died in 1901 at the age of 74 and was buried in the then-empty Minto Cemetery. Even today the ravine he settled bears his name, celebrating a man of uncommon character and stamina
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The Hartney Air Training Field     Web  / PDF   Vol. V, Page 34
The Relief Field 1 for No. 17 Service Flying Training Schoolbased at RCAF Station Souris had a large hangar and personnel of eighty men and twenty-five officers.
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Crime and Punishment in Hartney      Web  / PDF       Vol. V, Page 35
Hartney’s first (and only?) murder mystery.

Walpole Murdoch – Pioneer Newsman     Web  / PDF    Vol. V, Page 36
For ten years Murdoch was a familiar figure on Hartney's streets and at community affairs.  "Unconventional" might be one way of descibing him.

Who Was Walter Farwell?     Web  / PDF      Vol. V, Page 41
Perhaps a small town in a new land is the perfect place to start over? Why does Hartney have a street named after a gambler and bigamist?
Places Link

The Riverside Canucks of Baseball Fame       Web  / PDF      Vol. V, Page 46
The Riverside Canucks played for over 40 years at Riverside Park, on the banks of the Souris River north of Minto. They are in the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame.
Places Link

“Connie” Riddell             Web  / PDF       Vol. V, Page 52
Because he worked for the CPR, and was subject to job trans- fers, he was instrumental in the sporting lives of three communities.

Vantage Point Flashbacks (Radio Broadcasts)

#10: The Sisters at Grande Clairiere
Father Gaire a Catholic priest from France to establish a mission in Manitoba. He chose the site of
French speaking Metis community south of Oak Lake and was welcomed.

      Metis & Mixed Blood        Schools & Teachers    Women Leaders    Children     Biographies &Characters.        Government Influence

#18:  The Edwards Sisters / Prairie Entrepreneurs
The Edwards sisters graduated from Menota school with few available options. They could marry – or - get teacher training and then marry. But their true love was always with clothing.

#28 Fiesty Sisters  The Beynons
Raised and educated near Hartney, Lillian Beynon became the Assistant Editor of the Winnipeg Free Press Eeekly - with her own column. Francis was the Editor of the women's page of the Grain Growers Guide.
#41: Alma Dale / The Chain Lakes Friends 
Friends got the name “Quakers” because of the way folks shake when profoundly moved by the Spirit.
Mrs. Alma Dale from Ontario came to the Chain Lakes area as a Minister iand made quite an impact.

Radio Broadcast   |   Illustrated Text  | 

 Community Cooperation & Organization     Churches & Religion    Women Leaders     Homesteading / Agriculture     
Biographies & Characters
Celebration       Animals

#48 War Training
The Commonwealth Air Training Field near Hartney was an important part of the WW2 war effort..
Radio Broadcast Intro   Radio Broadcast |   Illustrated Text  |  Resources


                    Community Cooperation & Organization      Land Knowledge & Archaeology         War & Conflict   Government Influence

Additional Resources

The Great Northern Line

Jim Hill's Canadian Railway  

A Canadian Rail article

The Souris Valley Plains

A book by Hartney historian, Larry Clarke

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