There was only one house- no close neighbours , no roads , and no stores . It was totally isolated in Canadian Shield Country - lakes , rivers , bush and the CPR . It was here that my Mum found herself , a newly married , young woman , who had spent her life to that point in small town England with a short stint on a farm . It was my parents 'honeymoon' and the beginning of a new life together ...alone at last . They soon learned to rely on themselves , their ability to adapt , and the CPR .
Prospere Lefebvre was a young man when Noah Timmins ran the general store in Mattawa , which he and his brother had inherited from their father . My greatgrandfather helped Timmins during his 15 yrs prospecting in the area and points north looking for his "lucky strike". Prospere received an annual stipend for the remainder of his days from Timmins' estate although there had been agreement between them for a share . I will explore this family story for you at another time to hopefully clarify this family story .