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NARRATIVES OF SASKATOON


1882-1912

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 	  pathies of the people that a short time only elapsed until the entire tract
          contemplated had been applied for by prospective buyers, each of whom
          was expected to settle one-half section of land personally, or by substitute.
          So much interest in the settlement of lands had been developed throughout
          Ontario by the agitation that it led to numerous applications by other
          syndicates for lands to develop on similar lines. This, in turn, 50 embar-
          rassed the Government that they were unable, finally, to grant all the con-
          ditions originally contemplated to the Temperance Colonization Associa-
          tion. The end of it was that the contract with the Society (now organized
          into a joint stock company) was signed with no guarantee that the even
          numbered sections could be controlled by the company, and thus the first
          blow was struck at the main object of the scheme, and many subsequent
          difficulties were brought into existence which, to this day (1903), have not
          been overcome. It required up to June. 1882, to get the organization of
          the Company complete, and on the 22nd day of that month, a commission
          consisting of Messrs. J. N. Lake, W. S. Hill, and George W. Grant, accom-
          panied by a competent surveyor, were despatched from Toronto to ex-
          amine the tracts of lands set apart, from which to select and begin opera-
          tions.
		  
             After a trip via Chicago, Emerson and Winnipeg, they disembarked
           from a construction train at Moosomin on the 6th of July. this being the
           furthest the railway was then constructed. Three weeks were occupied in
           reaching Clark's Crossing, then a busy point in ferrying freight for Battle-
           ford, and, strange to say, soon again to be for the third time, the scene of
           the busy life of the last stage of this district's experience in settlement, the
           first being the old Mackenzie survey of 1873 and 1878, during which was
           built the telegraph line, still in operation. The second has been referred to
           and the third came with the building of the Canadian Northern Railway
           and its great bridge across the river.
         
             Many were the incidents of the trip of the commission to this point;
           among others they were called out of bed at midnight in Fort Qu'Appelle to
           answer a writ of replevin respecting a pony bought in Brandon, which it
           turned Out had been stolen from the Fort a month before.  They had
           brought it back home, and when it was identified they compromised by
           buying it the second time at one hundred and twenty dollars, or two hun-
           dred and forty dollars in all. The pony did duty for many years in con-
           veying settlers to examine lands. Sergeant Griesbach (1) was the officer
           of police in charge.
		   
             A term of examination extending over some two months was completed
           by the return of the examiners, Mr. Hill going via the river and Lake
           Winnipeg route. Mr. Lake via Clarke trail (2) to Touchwood and Qu'Ap
           pelle, and Mr. Grant via Elbow and Moose Jaw. Their reports are interest-
           ing, and in the main will be found to bear out the prediction of the results
           which are so promising today.
         
             When we come to introduce the heroic band of settlers who opened the
           field we are compelled to look for some in vain, for they have gone over
           to the Great Beyond to reap their reward. One only now (1903) resides
           here to represent the beginning of 1882. Mr. J. M. Eby, whose experiences
           by Lake Winnipeg. Saskatchewan River and Prince Albert to this point
           are known mainly only to himself.   Mr. James Hamilton and his son
           Robert accompanied the exploration commission almost the entire way,
           separating at Fort Qu'Appelle (3). To Mr. Hamilton and Mr. S. W. Hill,
           with Mr. Fred Blake, surveyor. belong the credit of the first selecting of
           the present Site of Saskatoon. they having been dispatched in a southerly
         
         
             
			 1) A. H. Griesbach, ultimately Superintendent of the North
			 West Mounted Police
			 
			 2)  Lake so calls the trail from Clark's Crossing to the old Qu'Appelle-
			 Humboldt trail.
			 
			 3)  Peter Latham and Harry Godwin were also of the part.  See
			 page 15.
			 
			 
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