By A.H. Telfer
Within the Eighties the provincial executive despatched out groups of land surveyors to discover the northern Ontario hinterland. by means of rail, canoe and walking they and their crews reduce in the course of the forests and throughout streams, constructing the limits for townships in coaching for cost. Alexander Herkes Telfer used to be a member of the celebration led through the Haliburton surveyor Alexander Niven, who was once answerable for operating the traces for seven townships round the head of Lake Temiskaming. the kid of Scottish immigrants who settled in Scarborough, Ontario, A.H. Telfer logged his studies in a private diary, revealing a love of latest frontiers and experience that the hardships of lifestyles couldn't decrease. His shiny account presents fascinating info of early surveying equipment and of the lives of a few intrepid early settlers during this wild yet appealing land. An advent and annotations via the editor and early pictures of the higher Ottawa/Lake Temiskaming quarter supplement the diary and create a ancient context. "I individually have lengthy been drawn to the surveyor Alexander Niven from Haliburton. I grew up on Niven highway in New Liskeard, and as a toddler puzzled concerning the guy the road was once named for. the tale of Niven and the opposite surveyors who mapped the Townships of the Little Clay Belt within the District of Temiskaming within the Eighties is lengthy late. "A.H. Telfer's own diaries, which inform of the day by day hardships and accomplishments of those surveyors, are a desirable account of the rustic earlier than the good land rush of the Nineties and the Cobalt mining increase of 1903, which replaced the panorama dramatically. This own account by means of one of many individuals of the particular survey occasion of 1886 is attention-grabbing from a historic standpoint, because it bridges the space among the fur buying and selling and logging eras, and the payment of Temiskaming. Of equivalent curiosity is the point out within the diary of pioneers within the quarter, equivalent to C.C. Farr, the founding father of the city of Haileybury; Edouard Piche, one of many earliest settlers on Lake Temiskaming; and the Heard brothers from Haliburton, who have been one of the first homesteaders. "For an individual attracted to the background of northern Ontario, it is a 'must read.'"- Bruce W. Taylor, genealogist, historian and writer, his newest publication being New Liskeard: The Pioneer Years (2003).
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Extra info for Worth Travelling Miles to See: Diary of a Survey Trip to Lake Temiskaming, 1886
At a time when a labourer's daily wages were measured in amounts of a dollar or less, this was a considerable financial undertaking. Telfer, with a family to support, it was a promise of employment in an exciting environment of yet-to-be charted territory. Telfer's personal account of his experiences as a member of the Temiskaming survey crew. tt. Tejfer -1886 Notes of a trip from Toronto to Lake Temiscamingue and back In company with Mr. S. 1 Passed through a fine country for the first 20 miles.
The steamship Argo hauled a variety of cargo and passengers up and down Lake Temiskaming, while towing rafts of timber. Courtesy of the Archives of Ontario, Jones Collection, C147-1-0-1-2 (AO 4588). 40 WORTH TRAVELLING MILES TO SEE Engine room of the Argo. Telfer to bed down for the night. Courtesy of the Archives of Ontario, Jones Collection, C1471-0-2-15 (AO 4591). Nevin said he would see if he could make the steamer, which had by this time cut loose from the raft and laid up at the wharf. We then started, paddled past the steamer up to the raft and stopped there to wait for Mr.
Some bought blankets, 8 and 10 dollars per pair, sashes, tobacco and matches. The priest has a very nice garden, in which he has plenty of red currants, beans ready to use, tomatoes in bloom and tobacco 18 inches high. We left the fort about 10 am and started northward of the lake, leaving Mr. Nevin and the Indian Petri to follow on Sunday. ALEXANDER HERKES TELFER: SPIRIT OF THE PIONEER 43 Arrived at our camping ground at 4 pm, went ashore and unloaded everything. We pitched four tents; one for the provisions, one for the cook, two for sleeping in.