The following photo is a good choice for this week's prompt, what with snow and the long furry and heavy coats. The picture was taken in 1908 outside the home of Jabez B. & Zella McPherson in Bentley, Alberta, Canada. Jabez is the man in the long dark fur coat in front of the horses. I believe his wife Zella is standing just to the left of the sledge. At this time, most of Jabez' brothers still lived in Bentley, so the other folks could be his brothers and their wives, or perhaps Bentley friends.
|Circa 1908, Jabez and Zella McPherson with Friends and Family,|
Bentley, Alberta, Canada
Courtesy of Bentley & District Historical Society and The Bentley Historical Museum
Jabez's father, William Burns McPherson (older brother of my great-grandfather James Burns McPherson) led his family north from Wisconsin when homesteading land opened up in the Alberta territory of Canada. The McPherson group, which included William B., his sons Willie M, Jamie, Jabez Burns (who was a cousin of my grandfather Jabez Burns McPherson) Charles, and Victor, arrived in Bentley in 1899. They built homes, sawmills, a creamery and cheese company in Bentley; helped build schools and churches as well as participated in the town government. However by 1925, only the above Jabez Burns McPherson (my 1st cousin, 2x removed) remained in this small Alberta town. He and his wife Zella had no children and lived out their years in and around Bentley. Both are buried in the local cemetery.
|One of Jabez McPherson's sawmills|
Most likely the second, judging by the cars
Courtesy of Bentley, Alberta, Museum's Chronicles of Bentley
This post is part of a series of posts for Sepia Saturday, which provides an opportunity for bloggers to share their history through photographs. You can view more Sepia Saturday images here.
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