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- 0430 Bell Barn Restoration 334 a Gerald Pletz Dan Loran 29 Jan 2010
29 January 2010 - Gerald Pletz has joined the other Hahn Contracting carpenters of Fort QuAppelle to work on the wooden loft and roof construction. (Source: Dan Loran)
- 0899 Bell Barn Restoration 1232 25 June 2010 Dan Loran
25 June 2010 - After several days of rain the Bell Barn and Cottage Washroom receive some welcome sunshine. (Source: Dan Loran)
- ALLAN, William Rae - Bell Farm Directror 1887
William Rae Allan (1864-1926) was a Winnipeg-based businessman (primarily insurance) and Director of the newly-established Bell Farm Company (1886), as well as a member of the firm of McArthur, Boyle and Allan (formerly McArthur, Boyle and Campbell). He visited the Bell Farm in April 1887. W.R. Allen was the son of Andrew Allan and nephew of Sir Hugh Allan owners of the Allan Steamship Line.
photo source: - click here good biographical data 1893 - firm of Allan, Killam and McKay - good information on Allan's business career "Winnipeg Free Press" - April 18 1887 – Allan listed as a Bell Farm Director; also reference to Professor Tanner building a house west of Indian Head "Winnipeg Free Press" - Sept 9 1885 – reference to the firm of McArthur, Boyle, Allan & Buxton (two streets in Indian Head were named after Boyle and Buxton)
Michelle Cabana, Saskatoon, Sask.
- BURWELL, Julius H. - Bell Farm Investor
In 1884, Jule H. BURWELL (1846-1927) owned an agricultural firm in St Paul, Minnesota that specialized in farm machinery, implements and carriages. In 1886 he is listed as a vice-president for the Rabbit Mountain silver mine, near Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay), Ontario, in which Major Bell was also owned shares. Burwell was deemed to be a prominent St. Paul businessman, and in 1892 he was elected president of the State Agricultural Society. However, a year later he was also involved with a $50,000 embezzlement scandal, which resulted in his resignation from the firm of Mast, Buford and Burwell Carriage Company. There is no indication on the outcome of this charge. However, Burwell moved out of his brand new luxury house in St. Paul in 1894.
Photo: "St. Paul Daily Globe", Oct. 2, 1892, p. 12 – http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn90059522/1892-10-02/ed-1/seq-13/%3Bwords%3D/?date1=1836&rows=20&searchType=advanced&proxdistance=5&state=Minnesota&date2=1922&ortext=&proxtext=&phrasetext=jh+burwell&andtext=&dateFilterType=yearRange&index=0 Burwell’s house on Summet Avenue, in St. Paul, 1904 - http://www.angelfire.com/mn/thursdaynighthikes/summiteast4.html "History of St. Paul and Vicinity", by Henry A. Castle, 1912, p. 428 - http://archive.org/stream/historyofstpaulv01cast#page/428/mode/2up "History of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society", by Darwin S. Hall and R.I. Holcombe, 1910, p. 244 - http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nnc1.cu50589806;view=image;q1=Burwell;start=1;size=100;page=root;seq=252;num=244 "Grand Opening of the Northern Pacific Railway celebration at St. Paul, Minnesota, the Eastern Terminus - Sept. 3, 1883", compiled by J.H. Hanson, p. 30 - http://archive.org/stream/grandopeningofno00nortrich#page/n37/mode/2up/search/burwell "Indianapolis News", Sept. 23, 1893, p. 8 – Burwell embezzlement charge details - https://newspapers.library.in.gov/cgi-bin/indiana?a=d&d=INN18930922-01.1.8 - Rabbit Mountain Silver Mine - https://books.google.ca/books?id=aH9OAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA374&dq=%22port+arthur%22+%22JH+burwell%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiw65mMl_7LAhXozoMKHZcjDRQQ6AEIGzAA#v=snippet&q=rabbit%20mountain&f=false http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn90059522/1892-10-02/ed-1/seq-13/%3Bwords%3D/?date1=1836&rows=20&searchType=advanced&proxdistance=5&state=Minnesota&date2=1922&ortext=&proxtext=&phrasetext=jh+burwell&andtext=&dateFilterType=yearRange&index=0 https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Burwell-668
Michelle Cabana, Saskatoon, Sask. and Frank Korvemaker, Regina, Sask.
- ELWOOD, Thomas Caldwell - Bell Farm investor
Thomas Caldwell Elwood (1853-1886) was a Superintendent with the Dominion Telegraph Company. The brother of Mrs. Catherine A. Bell, and hence Major Bell's brother-in-law, he was one of the original investors in the Qu'Appelle Valley Farming Company, buying 100 shares. He lived in Toronto at that time (1882). In 1880 he married Catherine Worthington. Thomas Elwood was also a well known figure skater, and partnered with his sister, Margaret [Elwood] McCrady in various competitions between 1868 and 1870, including one in New York. Mrs Bell's father, James Galt, sued the Frank Leslie newspaper over an "indecent" illustration of Margaret costumed as Mercury during a skating event. The newspapers reported that he was asking for $50,000 in damages - almost a million dollars in today's money.
E-Mail from Michelle to Frank Korvemaker, 24 April 2019 Montreal Gazette Feb 3 1886 (Toronto news) - announces death of Thomas Elwood Bith and Mariage - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Elwood-392 List of Provisional Directors for the Qu'Appelle Valley Farming Company, submitted from Chatham, Ontario – 24 March 1882. Photo source: Canada Science Technology Museum Room TK 51233 R44 1879 https://ingeniumcanada.org/channel/articles/enhanced-reading-john-horns-volume-telegraph-america-1879
Michelle Cabana, Saskatoon, Sask. and Frank Korvemaker, Regina, Sask.
- Barn Dance - May 28th 2011
First Barn Dance of the Season - Photo by Dan Loran - Photo Ref: 016-001 - 1 Barn Dance at the Bell Barn - 28 May 2011 - Photo by Kay Dixon
- c0097 Bell Barn Restoration 502 Dan Loran 16 Dec 2009
16 December 2009 - It is bitterly cold in southern Saskatchewan, with the temperature around the -30 to -40 C range, and wind chills a low as -50. Feels like mid-February. Not a time for doing any work in the wide open Bell Barn walls. However, inside the heated Cottage Washroom off to the right, the construction crew continue their various tasks in reasonable comfort. (Source: Dan Loran)
- M and M 6072
Close-up view of the letters M & M 6072 painted onto the bottom of one of the laminated joists. The meaning of this inscription is unknown. (Source: Frank Korvemaker)
- Register entry 203 - Thomas White
Visited the Bell Farm on Oct. 25, 1885 with his assistant Lyndwode Charles Pereira (see: Visitor Register entry 204). Thomas White (1830-1888) was born in Montreal, Lower Canada (Quebec) and married Esther Vine of Quebec City in 1853. They had seven daughters and three sons. In 1850 be began working in the Ontario publishing industry, and in 1853, with his brother-in-law Robert Romain, founded the "Peterborough Review". In 1869 White moved to England to work as an Immigration Agent for the Ontario government. By 1870 he was back in Canada, and, with one of his sons, Richard, acquired the "Montreal Gazette". Thomas had been interested in provincial and federal politics since the mid 1860s, but lost in a number of elections. He eventually succeeded in 1878, when he was elected to Parliament for the Ontario constituency of Cardwell. In 1885 he was appointed to the Cabinet of Sir John A. Macdonald as Minister of the Interior and Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs. In mid April 1888, Thomas White contracted pneumonia and died shortly thereafter, at age 58.
"Industries of Canada: City of Montreal: Historical and Descriptive Review",1886, p. 98, by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell Argyll, Duke of, Historical Publishing Company (Montreal, Québec) - https://books.google.ca/books?id=F3gWAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA98&dq=%22Thomas+White%22+%22montreal+gazette%22&hl=en&ei=QrSjTc2zHdPAgQeFkNWxCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=%22Thomas%20White%22%20%22montreal%20gazette%22&f=false “A Legal Hand-book and Law-list for the Dominion of Canada” , by L.H. Tache, 1888, p. 48 - http://books.google.ca/books?id=JPMPAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA48&dq=%22+pereira%22+%22Thomas+White%22+%22interior%22&hl=en&ei=z7anTfTeKcXUgAfoquXzBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CFEQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=%22%20pereira%22%20%22Thomas%20White%22%20%22interior%22&f=false Dictionary of Canadian Biography: http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/white_thomas_1830_88_11E.html
Michelle Cabana, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Frank Korvemaker, Regina, Sask.
- Register entry 310a - Bell Farm Visitors' Register - Page 11
Original Signatures: entries 310 to 312: Aug. 21, 1895 - Dec. 1, 1895
- Several Summer Students help at the Lobster Supper
The summer students at work - 25 May 2013 (Photo by Kay Dixon) - Some of the summer students that served as Tour Guides and helped out at various events during 2013.
- Society Director Maurice Delage at the Dinner Auction
A founding Board member and Chair of the Fundraising Committee - 9 Aug. 2013 (Photo by Bruce Neill) - Maurice Delage has contributed his extensive fundraising talents to the Bell Barn Project and been an active Board member since the founding of the Bell Barn Society in 2006.
- w0042 Bell Barn Reconstruction 411 Dan Loran 5 Aug 2009
The frame (called a buck) for the south door is set in place, enabling the stone wall to be built right up against the wood. (Source: Dan Loran)