La Normandie "Our First Home in America 1881"
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.