Men in front of Humboldt Telegraph Station

Database ID29924
InstitutionPrince Albert Historical Society
Fonds/CollectionPAHS Archives collection
SeriesH series
File/Item ReferenceH series-H-383 (H series)
Date of creation[1885?]
Physical description/extent1 photograph; b&w; 15 x 24 cm
Number of images1
Historical noteIn 1878, George and Catherine Weldon set off for the open prairie on a challenging adventure - the development of the Canadian Pacific Telegraph Line. Their task was to construct the Humboldt Telegraph Station and provide a communication link to eastern Canada. They became known for the warmth and hospitality they showed weary travelers along the Carlton Trail. The Humboldt Telegraph Station played a pivotal role in the 1885 uprising at Batoche, when Lt. Colonel Denison fortified the site with an extensive series of trenches, in support of General Middleton's battle with Louis Riel.
Scope and contentImage of Humboldt Telegraph Station, likely during the Northwest Resistance. On back of photo: From left to right: Sergeant Mickey Farren of Winnipeg, who was supply officer for the troops during the Reil (sic) Rebellion of 1885; Tom Sanderson, who was taken prisoner at Hoods Mail Station, and who was afterwards sent by Reil (sic) with messages to Major Crozier at Carelton (sic); the man in the door is Tom Pike, operator of Humboldt Mail Station; seated is Wm. Scott, in charge of the Mail Station; and standing are two Metis who had been caught stealing summer supplies."
Copyright holderPublic domain
Copyright expiry datePublic domain
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Primary MediaPhotographs
Provenance Access PointPAHS Archives
PlaceHumboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada
Treaty boundariesTreaty 6
Cultural regionPlains
NamesCrozier, Leif Newry Fitzroy, 1849-1901 (Superintendent)
Farren, Mickey
Pike, Thomas
Sanderson, Tom
Scott, William
Northwest Resistance
Telegraph stations
Date Range(s)1880-1889
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