Quest in Roots:
Brookdale Manitoba History

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ROOFING A PIONEER HOME

The roof of the house was built of poles, peaked like the house roofs of today. Sometimes a layer of hay was laid on the poles.

Using a walking plough, the pioneer turned over sods, about five inches thick and 14 inches wide. The sods were then cut into 4-6 foot lengths Then they were loaded onto a wagon and taken to the building site.

These sods were laid on the roof of poles in the same way as wooden shingles are put on our roofs today. They started at the eaves and worked up to the peak overlapping each row of sod.

Inside the house the ceiling was usually lined with tar paper to help keep in the heat.

 

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