Quest in Roots:
Brookdale Manitoba History

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PRAIRIE FIRE

Doctor Sirett vividly recalled the morning when the pioneers looked up from their ploughs to see great billows of smoke rolling over the western horizon. Behind them rushed a solid wall of flame.

Most people had prudently fireguarded their buildings but had neglected their feed-stacks.

Desperately they galloped to save the precious feed before the flames engulfed it. A few were successful but many failed. That year, the district had a struggle to pull the cattle through the tough winter.

The children too, had a hard time making it to school that year. In fact during one fierce blizzard, they were obligated to stay there one whole night and half of the next day.

 

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