I remember this house well. It was a freezing cold day and I decided to run and "take a quick shot of this cool house". Well, upon closer inspection I realized the brick on the house was placed in the opposite direction then usual, which made it unique. As I quickly circled the house to get every angle I noticed an open door. Well, this "quick shot" turned into a full house explore. This home was a time capsule, my favourite! Everything was left inside, everything in place like the owner just walked away. The television and calendars really dated this home but it was amazing to see no vandalism and it was clear no one had been in the home for years. What a find.
Throwback to 2008, early in my exploring journey. I owned a crappy little camera and was all about documenting sites vs taking good photos. Now I care about both, and I own much better gear. I have no regrets though - a good majority of the places I visited are long since gone and the only record I have is my images. Even though they may not be the best, they still do tell a story...and that's the point right?
Didn't look like much from the road due to thick carragana trees but it was clearly a large brick home. We struggled to get close to this house as it was quite overgrown. This is always appealing as the harder it is to reach, the less vandalism there is. Hard to photograph from the outside, this huge rural home had gorgeous brick details using different colour bricks. The interior had gorgeous wood details. It was clear, whoever built this home, had some money back in the day.
The Aldous house, also known as the "blue kitchen house" is a gorgeous 2 storey home built from cement blocks in rural Saskatchewan.
Robert Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Catherine Aldous, came west from Ontario in 1883. He spent some time working on the construction of the C.P.R railroad west from Brandon. He arrived in Wolseley and started to check out the area. He obtained entry for his homestead in august of 1883.
Robert lived in a tent from April 1, 1884 until July of that year, when his log house was built. The winter of 1884 he spent in Regina, and in 1885 he married Hannah Elizabeth Morton. They were absent from the farm the following winter, when he operated an engine in a mill at Fort Qu'Appelle. R.B. Aldous operated a steam-powered engine for custom threshing and breaking of the sod in the surrounding area.
In1904, they took over the operation of the Lorlie post office. They built a large cement block house on their home quarter in 1905. The concrete blocks were constructed on site. The post office was located in their home for a while before being moved to the village of Lorlie. The family operated a general store in Lorlie from 1904 to 1912. It was later sold to the Lorlie CO-OP.
Robert was a man of many interests, such as agriculture, horses, people and family. He was also the proud owner of one of the first cars in the community. Hannah passed away in 1930. Robert died in 1946. They were both buried in the Abernethy Cemetery.
They had a family of eight, Lillie, Harry, Lottie, George, Levi, Edith, Robert and Albert. Most of the family members were in the area for a while but eventually moved away to BC and Ontario.
Information sourced from history books and thanks to local area resident Charly for reaching out and sharing history with me!
Wedding Picture | June 10, 1885
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