PIONEER PICKINGS AT FORT GEORGE

FOR MOTHER

 

FORWARD

In 1896, Sir Clifford Sifton was the Canadian Minister of the Interior. Sir Clifford initiated a deliberate government policy of immigration to Canada and by 1914 over 3,000,000 newcomers had arrived. They didn't all stay, but those who came were seduced by a public relations plan that touted Canada as the 'Last Best West'. My Granny was caught up in the enthusiasm and in 1912 she and my grandfather took their two little boys west from Toronto

My grandmother wrote this account of her adventure in Western Canada, where she raised the two boys in a log cabin in British Columbia. Evidently she was tough and resourceful, since she not only survived, but clearly thrived. She typed the manuscript herself, but never did get it published. My cousins and I had copies, but it was my cousin Janet Mackenzie, who re-typed this into a digital format. I have divided the text into chapters below, and linked family names into our database. Herewith is our granny's story.

 

 

This is not fiction.  It is the true, personal story of the ten happiest years of my life. I have found that happiness is a state of mind and peaceful freedom is its core.   

  by

 

Helen Moore Mackenzie

 

CHAPTERS:

      1. WESTWARD HO!

      2. RIVER BOATS

      3. PIONEER HOMES

      4. GETTING SETTLED

      5. MAC

      6. ALAN

      7. SOCIAL LIFE

      8. MURRAY

      9. THE MAN FROM ABERDEEN

      10. NEIGHBOURS

      11. VISITORS

      12. THE WAR YEARS

      13. FORT GEORGE

      14. A WOMAN'S LIFE

      15. TRAVEL

      16. LOCAL LIFE

      17. FAMILY BUSINESS

      18. FRIENDS

      19. LEAVING