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Will interrupt here - some photos of son's wedding - Sept 19/09!


me with Dwayne             Sarah with her parents - Judy & Terry               the wedding party                          



The Home Place


The little brown building on the left border is the blockhouse or bastion of the original Fort Ethier.  It is the building that is in the background on my HOME page.  This is the only original part of a Fort left in Alberta. 

Three forts were erected during the 1885 Rebellion, in central Alberta.  Each Fort took the name of the Captain in charge of the men stationed at that location.

Louis Riel was a Métis fellow involved in politics & matters of the aboriginal population.  Due to differences of opinions - there was an 'uprising'.  The Canadian Dominion Government contacted Col. Strange to form a contingent to counteract the activities of Riel & his compatriots.  Strange's Field Force must have been a colorful site as it made it's way from Calgary to Edmonton & on to the Frog Lake/Batoche regions.  Members of his troop came from the NWMP, Sam Steele's Scouts, the 54th Montreal Rifles, other scouts, mountain men & a battalion from Winnipeg.  Their colors were, red, green, khaki & blue!  Add a few plumes to their head wear & it must have been a unique column marching northward by horse, foot & cart!

On the right is a peaked building.  This was a granary.  My father-in-law, Sam Lucas, had gotten many oil cans, cut off the tops & bottoms & laid them flat.  He then lined 3 large bins inside with these tin 'sheets'.  Many unique brand names were displayed.  On the outside, he nailed more onto the wall & painted them silver.  Just a small area near the peak was not covered.

To the south is a brown building with a sloped roof.  In the past this was the chicken coup.  Today it is used for my alpacas.  My granddaughters say it is the pacshack!  Estimated construction was done about 1910-1920.  The help protect the lumber, they used crankcase oil giving it an interesting patina.  I've been told that around 1950, the family poured cement inside for a floor.

The grass area around these buildings- up to the grain field- is now fenced & used as alpaca paddocks.

The house stands where two others have in the past.  The original house built, was destroyed by fire prior to 1900.  1968 saw the next home meet the same fate.

The family association with this farm started before the Rebellion of 1885.  Treaties had been signed between native tribes & the Federal Government.  Political leaders then felt that the 'natives' needed to learn about agriculture in order to sustain themselves on reserves.  Indian Agricultural Instructors were then appointed & given a number of 'tribes' to educate about the farming methods of the day.  Samuel Brigham Lucas of Aylmer, Quebec was one of 13 instructors sent west.  He picked this particular spot for his cultivation teachings as it was central to the 7 tribes under his tutelage.  He arrived here with his brother-in-law, during July of 1879.  In 1882, Sam went back east to arrange for his family plus his brother & brother's bride, to come out west.  Later on, Sam became the first Indian Agent at Hobbema & his brother - Frank- remained on the Instructor's Farm or Supply Farm No. 18.

This farm is the first farm in the Wetaskiwin area.  Many other events occurred here prior to Wetaskiwin being established.  The stage coach between Calgary & Edmonton had an overnight stop here; the first baby born in the region; the first death; marriage & teacher are a few of those events.  We are told the yard was full of wagons- when folks were passing through on their way to the early gold rushes!

ONE area that is lots of fun to keep straight - there are many LUCAS family members with the name SAMUEL or FRANK & then there are the girls with EMMA!  Lots have used LUCAS as 2nd names for their boys.

I give talks to grade 2 students about pioneers.  I must put a family tree on the board so they can follow which SAM I am talking about!  One class was interesting as a cousin's son was one of the students.  His classmates thought it was real COOL that he had such an interesting family.  The last class - my grandson Max in it!  When I had the family tree on the board - I asked Max to come up & he wrote his name on the bottom line.  Cute to watch the others as he wrote!

I have been collecting ancestor information for a good period of time.  Thankfully I have a cousin who is doing our mothers' lines!  My focus has been my father's family & those of my husband.

There are many who have & are helping me with this process.

One summer - a couple stopped to see the Fort - well - it is proving that they have a daughter-in-law who is related!  They sent me a couple sheets of their information - so now we will be filling in more gaps! 


Some of the ancestors I am looking for more information on are:

Edward Franklin Braun - the youngest of 10- have some information on each- from the Midway area of Ontario.

Mamie Marie Kulenkamp- the youngest girl of 13- have some information on each - her father & grandfather were in the St. Paul, Minnesota area.


William Budd Lucas & Dinah Arnold Lucas - parents of Samuel.  They were born in Cork, County Cork, Ireland.  Trying to locate passenger lists for their travel to the US @ 1877.   Want to know why they came to North America & what family was left in Ireland.

Samuel Lucas - born in Vermont-father of Paul - married to Sarah Kingsley-he was a school teacher - moved to Amsterdam, N.Y., where he was apparently buried.

Paul Arnold Lucas - born in Vermont - moved to Aylmer Quebec -father of 7- have some information on each - Sam was the oldest & Frank the youngest.

Samuel Brigham Lucas born at Aylmer, Quebec.  Sent west with 12 others as Indian Agricultural Instructions to help the natives transition from their nomadic life to farmers. 

Francis Arnold Lucas-  S. B's youngest brother.  Sam B had Frank & his bride (Margaret Morrison) come west the summer after their marriage.  My husband - Sam - was his grandson.  I still live on the farm that these 2 brothers established.


Noble Morrison & Jane Gillespie - born in Trillick, County Tyrone, Ireland.  They came to Canada about 1872 to the Huntley County area of Ontario.  They had 7 children.  Have some information on each.  Also trying to find the ship they came over on. & why they made such a trip with 7 children! 

2010 - interesting start to the year - a couple contacts from the oldest girl's descendants - adding to the # of relatives out there!


Pearl Nora Stanton - born Toronto, Ontario- one of 4.  Do have a little information on each of the 4 & her parents- but have not gotten too much more.  2010 - have been scanning some more information on her parents & grandparents - then will see where that leads me.  It is rumoured that the family has United Empire Loyalist connections.


Louis Steffler & Johanna Long - born in Ontario.  He with connections in the Alsace-Lorraine region of old Germany & she to the Bavarian area of Germany.  This are the grandparents my cousin is researching.

I am most willing to share information with other descendants of these families!

Good luck with your searches!