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The story of Edward McKay

Pages of history from Canadian Cattlemen, June 1947

The Story of Edward McKay
By W. Henry McKay, Brooks, Alta.

‘The following story as told to me by my parents and my uncles is of the life of Edward McKay who was my grandfather. The dates I will set down may not be exact but they will be approximate right…’

‘Edward was born at Red River near Winnipeg in 1825. Early in life, at 18 years of age, he entered the Hudson’s Bay Company’s service as apprentice in the fur trade, even making a trip to the York Factory in his third year of service. On that and subsequent trips every man was required to bring back 22 cwt. to Fort Garry. This was a strenuous ordeal as every man had to carry two hundred pounds to a trip over portages and then drag the York boat over and reload it, and then sometimes tow and row when the wind and current were adverse.’

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