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Bill Irvine’s Sask Homestead Records

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

William John Irvine Sask Homestead Records

We recently visited the Saskatchewan Archives and obtained a photographic copy of Bill Irvine’s Application for a Homestead.

I blogged about this finding over on my website.  Please go here to visit.

Immigrating to Canada & Homesteading in Saskatchewan

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

160 Acres for $10

Bill Irvine was born April 4, 1892 in Crumlin County, Antrim, Ireland.  He left when he was 19 years old, landing at Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 21, 1911.  He proceeded to Duval, Saskatchewan and worked a year at Strasbourg.  He came from Ireland with a family named John McClughan* who lived near Duval.

Irvine Farm Yard - Saskatchewan

Irvine Farm - Saskatchewan, 1950s?

Bill travelled to Nokomis, Saskatchewan, to file on a 1/4 section (160 acres for $10) SW 1/4 15-30-28 W2 which is situated 20 miles southwest of Young in the McCranny municipality.  After three years of proving the land and building a shack, he and Mr. Ron Ronning, Sr. travelled to Humboldt to register the homestead.  Ron Ronning signed as a witness.  Bill’s shack was on the hill at the northwest corner of his homestead.  This was a very windy spot.  Sometime between 1915 and 1926, he used that shack for a granary and built a three room house on the southeast corner.  He planted a shelterbelt of trees.

[*Skip forward a couple of generations - John McClughan's grandson married Bill Irvine's granddaughter Ellen Kerr of Nokomis, not knowing of the past friendship until a short time before their wedding].

Source- writings of Isabel Irvine, wife of Bill Irvine.