La Nor­mandie "Our First Home in Amer­ica 1881"

Canada's History - - CHRISTOPHER MOORE -

An image from Dixon’s sketch­book de­picts his first home, circa 1881, near Mill­ford, a vil­lage lo­cated along the Souris River in what is now southern Man­i­toba. The home­stead was named in hon­our of his wife, So­phie Os­mont, who was born in St. He­lier in Jersey, an is­land in the English Chan­nel with strong links to Nor­mandy, France. The Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way un­ex­pect­edly by­passed Mill­ford the same year the Dixons set­tled there, lead­ing to the town’s de­cline. By 1890, Mill­ford was de­serted. The pic­tured image is the orig­i­nal draw­ing for a paint­ing in the Cana­dian Col­lec­tion of the Royal On­tario Mu­seum.

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