I had a pleasant visit with one of my brothers today. It doesn't take long before the topic of conversation changes to family history or local history.
My three brothers still live and farm where we were born so they've lived in one location for long time.
Many , many changes have taken place. The local district was about 4 by four miles. When the original homesteaders arrived early in the last century there were approximately 23 families. So there were 23 farmsteads and families.
Today there are 2 farmsteads in that area where at one time there were 23 farmsteads so we have much to talk about. My nephews live on the 2 farmsteads that are occupied. We're all interested in who lived there.
Local histories have been written but that does not cover all the people who lived in the area. So off we go trying to make some connections and sense of what we know.
One wonders about the people who lived there. Where did they come from? Most people in the area came from Ontario. Hw long did they stay in the area? What made them leave? A walk through the cemetery brings up more questions. Some families lost one member and then moved on . The grave has been left and the memories are gone.
Now we may not discover much new information. We did think about going over some of the old farmyards with a metal detector!
It made for a pleasant visit.