After my grandfather died in 2012, My mom, going through his old stuff, found this document he wrote in which he paints his family history in some pretty broad strokes. In it, he manages to sum up the lives of a number of people over 100 years into a 2 page word doc. It seems like the kind of information that someone searching for genealogy stuff might want to find, so I figure it might be useful to have on the internet. If that describes you, dear reader, well, I am pleased to be related, or at least that you are interested. thanks for taking the initiative.
Going through it, it’s really fairly dry, but if you try to unpack some of it, there’s some pretty good narrative in there.
In the spring of 1906, my parents came to Tisdale via rail and settled on the homestead.
They first lived in a tent, and later in a shack located on the adjoining quarter section. The first year they cultivated ten acres with the aid of three horses and a Verity walking plow. The horses died of swamp fever, and they turned to the use of four oxen. In 1913, they purchased an I.H.C. model tractor and threshing machine. Their first car was a Model T Touring, purchased in 1916.
Grandpa wrote this about my great grandfather. It’s a few matter-of-fact sentences, but I can only imagine that was quite the 11 years, going from living in a tent on a farm, using livestock and elbow grease to work the land, and ending up owning farming machinery and automobiles. I bet there were a lot of intense emotions felt by William and Isabella Howlett. Intensely cold, in a tent, on the prairie, in the winter, how could one not question the decisions that led them there? And barely a decade later, driving home from a auto dealer in your new-to-you Model T; home to your well equipped farm with all this new-fangled machinery; to the land you’d been working and home that wasn’t there when you started. There must have been a great sense of accomplishment, right?
Anyway, here it is, internet, use it as you will.