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The immigrants used to occupy the cabins, the cattle and horses occupied the hold, with the pigs, chickens and sheep and the farm implements strewed the upper decks. Almost all the early settlers reached their homesteads by this route.

The first stop going west from the village of Fort Garry was at the old ‘Hermitage’ Headingley. This was the homestead of the late WB. Hall, who obtained his grant in 1858. This was a port of call for a supply of cord-wood for the steamer’s boiler. The boats would return without steam, coming down stream with the current, carrying cargo, consisting of farm produce to the Fort, such as baled hay, sacks of oats, wheat and barley.

This means of transportation almost stopped when the C.P.R. arrived. The last steamboat passed east to Winnipeg about 1911 with a cargo of hay.

It was around 1880 to 1890 the French Canadians entered our Municipality, and the English and Scotch settlers arrived.

The narrow river lots were thriving farms—-fish were caught in the river. The bush provided abundant fuel and the gun provided food;previous to this buffalo

meat was plentiful, but as this became scarce cattle were found to be a necessity.

The settlers found their narrow two mile farmsfarms impracticable, owing to so much bush. There was no hay land to cut fodder for their cattle, etc.

During the first Norquay government these two—mile grants were extended by act of parliament another two miles to the original holdings. This is why the Torran’s Title today reads River Lot 36—— inner and outer two miles.

This gave the settlers the much needed hay land.

Around 1894 the River Road ———now named Roblin Boulevard,-——was surveyed by F. Young M.L.S.D.L.S.[late Surveyor—General at Ottawa] and was 66 feet in width.

It was created the width of 94 feet in 1912.



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