|Canada. Department of the Interior. |
Facts relating to western Canada.
London: Department of the Interior, 1902
As far as I can tell, George didn't take advantage of this opportunity when he first settled in Saskatchewan. Homesteading records are easy to find online, but there's only one mention of George among them, as George T Smith, relating to a property he acquired some years later. But then again, I don't know the exact location of the first property he owned, so there might be a land grant record pertaining to it that I haven't found.
It’s not known if Louisa’s mother, Jane Murphy, travelled to Saskatchewan with the family, but she appears in this family photo, which daughter Prue believed was taken there in 1896, when she was three years old.
|The Smiths in 1896 - Back: Clara, George Jr, Maud|
Middle: Bessie, Jane Murphy, George with Ryley on his knee, Louisa, Prue
Front: Grace, Will
George and Louisa made Saskatchewan their permanent home, living in four different areas - Indian Head, Summerberry, Grand Coulee and Regina. These are all reasonably close to each other, in southeastern Saskatchewan - within about 100 miles of the US border. Here are two maps, so you can get your bearings.
|Canada, with Saskatchewan highlighted.|
If you have really good eyes, you can see where the capital, Regina, is.
|1906 map of part of southeastern Saskatchewan, highlighting the Smith family locations,|
all along the Canadian Pacific Rail line.
The next few posts will be about the family's time in each of these locations.