This photo of Sam and Harry Hunter is taken from the “Pioneers of the Mowat School District”. In 1904 they purchased their uncle’s (Enos Draper) homestead on NW 1/4 32-28-18 in the Mowat area.
They commercially fished on Lake Dauphin and trapped muskrats. Trapping was an industry that supported many families throughout the Mossey River Municipality.
Fishermen and trappers built small log cabins near and around Lake Dauphin and Lake Winnipegosis. They would be gone for long periods during the winter months as they fished and trapped.
In our museum we are fortunate to have been able to recreate the interior of a fisherman/trapper’s cabin. The pictures we have been able obtain of the exterior of these cabins help us learn about this way of life.
If you have some family pictures of these cabins we would love to add them to our collection. Each picture tells a story. Look at how the Hunter brothers are clothed. I like the hats!
I was also thinking about how they may have brought their household goods to Fork River by train, and then shipped their fish and furs this way too. By 1904 there had already been trains coming through Fork River on their way to Winnipegosis for 7 years!