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1882-1912

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         could be done here I started for Moose Jaw on 9th June, and thence to Ot-
         tawa, saw the Surveyor General, Sir J. A. MacDonald, Sir David McPher-
         son, the Minister of the Interior, and orders were telegraphed to them to
         lay the land out in square sections. On my arrival at Moose Jaw, on my
         way down from the Colony I went up to Medicine Hat on the 20th of June
         to see Kerr and his scows and lumber. He was almost ready to start on
         his wonderful and perilous journey down the river. I then returned to the
         Colony on 20th July, found the survey of the town site progressing finely;
         on Aug. 18th it was finished, and we had a holiday and raised the liberty
         pole (the longest pole we could find) (1), Had a general jubilation, all
         the settlers round and from the Crossing and below to the number of 30 or
         40 people. On the 27th of August the lumber came and we all rejoiced.
         Started the Office and various houses, and on 20 Sept. I left for Moose Jaw
         again, and on to Toronto, leaving a band of earnest determined people to
         face a cold winter and tremendous difficulties. God and the people alone
         know how they pulled through.
		 
            The following year I spent about a month in the Colony, arranging
         matters and left for home about the first of June, dropping out of all con-
         nection with the Company the following year, leaving about $8,000 of hard
         cash in the wreck. I paid one cheque in the spring of 1882, of $5000 on
         stock. I was worried by the interminable law suits, which I thought un-
         neccessary and unwise. However, I was vindicated by Hon. Justice Rose,
         who said if all had paid up like John N. Lake no lawsuit would be needed.

The Moose Jaw-Saskatoon Trail

         
            Mr. Russell Wilson says:
         
          In 1883 there was an old trail running from the unknown north south
         to the Missouri. It passed through Prince Albert, Batoche and Fish Creek
         but did not touch what is now Saskatoon.  Rather, it ran about six miles
         east. It touched the Saskatchewan River at the Elbow and then passed to
         and through Swift Current. A new trail was blazed by Mr. Geo. Grant and
         Mr. Frank Clark between Moose Jaw on the Canadian Pacific Railway and
         the Elbow. This made a shorter route from the east to the river than that
         of the old Swift Current trail (2).
		 
            Mr. Gerald Willoughby tells of a caravan trip from Moose Jaw to
         Saskatoon:
		 
            As a rule people who made up a caravan came from some eastern point
         or from over the sea. If they came from the East they had a carload of
         settler's effects, usually consisting of three horses and probably three or
         four cows, a lumber waggon. an eastern plough (which was no use to them
         after they got here), a harrow, a few household goods which the wife clung
         to, and a necessary adjunct was always a dog.
		 
            When they arrived at Moose Jaw they had to be very careful of their
         money. Some of them stayed at a building put up by the Temperance
         Colonization Society in 1883, where they could store their effects, others
         had tents and lived outside. It was always a busy season getting ready for
         the trail.
         
            (1) James M. Ehy says: "In August there was a gathering of all the
         settlers on the site of the prospective city on which were two or three
         tents, but no buildings. There were prehaps a score, possibly a few more,
         of us all told. We raised a flag pole on which floated a Union Jack and
         amid speeches and merrymaking, celebrated the founding of the city of
         Saskatoon."
		 
            (2) Traces of this track still exist: it will he identified by its triple line,
         the majority of vehicles being of the cart type, the centre track that worn
         by the single pony. Later trails were made by team traffic, and can be
         distinguished by the team's tracks throughout the course of the joint trail
         running south from point of meeting.  (W. P. Bate.)
         
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