A Family’s Connection to the Barr Colonists

In 1902 the Reverend Isaac Barr secured a huge land tract between the present-day Alberta-Saskatchewan border and Maidstone (Saskatchewan). In March 1903 he brought approximately 2000 colonists from England. Arriving April 17 in Saskatoon, they spent 2 weeks bickering and reorganizing before embarking on an easy 270 km wagon trip to the colony. Many discontents left to form their own communities. Tired of continual criticism, Barr resigned, went to Toronto to sort out his money problems, and moved to the US and eventually Australia.

A present-day  family connection to the Barr colonists can be found here:

The Nevard Blog

Read more about Reverend Barr and the founding of Lloydminster here:

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/barr-colonists/

 

 

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