Less We Forget Poppy


The Life and Times of Hubert Brooks M.C. C.D.
A Canadian Hero

Less We Forget Poppy


APPENDIX A – EXTENDED BROOKS FAMILY GENEALOGY

A.10.0 BLUESKY Alberta

A.10.6   The Hubert Brooks Bluesky Homestead Applications

The online Alberta Homestead Records for 1870-1930 lists two properties for Hubert Brooks just south of Old Bluesky.

BROOKS, Hubert         
Section   25 Township   80 Range   2 W Meridian   6
Film # 2477 in Accession # 1970.313 at Provincial Archives of Alberta
File # 3754073

and HOMESTEAD

BROOKS, Hubert         
Section   30 Township   80 Range   1 W Meridian   6
Film # 2452 in Accession # 1970.313 at Provincial Archives of Alberta
File # 3168678

HOWEVER this later HOMESTEAD is also listed for Hubert's son Joseph Brooks and the actual file has been filled out by Joseph. It is suspected that Hubert's name became associated with this file because he had to submit a formal statement in support of his son's HOMESTEAD application claiming that he had also resided on the property since March 1920 along with his son Joseph.

As a reminder, the terms under the Dominion Lands Act, the federal government's plan for settling the North-West, was that the homesteader gained (final) title to the quarter section if and only if after three years he had cultivated 30 acres and had built a house on the land.

The purpose of these SECTIONS is not only to present original homestead documents related to Hubert's property but also to get some insight into Hubert and the BROOKS family life at the time from responses presented in his own words to questions asked on the various forms.

A.10.6.1 Hubert Brooks Homestead SE ¼ of Section 25 in Township 80 Range 2 West of 6th Meridian

DOCUMENT:   PROVINCE of ALBERTA HOMESTEAD APPLICATION by Hubert Brooks of (Old) Bluesky, Alberta
                           File 3754073 Reel 2477         
                           Forms A & B dated 15-July-1916 application for property SE ¼ of Section 25 in Township 80 Range 2 West of 6th Meridian;
                           (Homestead located south of Old Bluesky, Alberta)
                           and Sworn Statement (2 pages) dated 10-June-1921 detailing activity on Homestead applying for a HOMESTEAD

KEY ITEMS OF NOTE FROM DOCUMENTS:
1) Hubert Brooks' Signatures at Peace River AB District Homestead Office
2) Current age at initial (15-July-1916) filing = 54 years of age.
    Although he would later (10-June-1921) indicate in his SWORN STATEMENT that he was only with his wife and four boys,
    for some reason in this Initial 15-July-1916 Filing Application he listed his whole family and their ages.

PersonStated Age
Hubert54
Marie49
Nellie30
Dora28
Alfred25
Aimé21
Joseph15
Otto13

3) Previous Residence was Lafleche Sask. where his Occupation was a merchant
4) Makes statement that he was born in Québec, CANADA
5) In his SWORN STATEMENT document, Hubert states that he:

ActivityDATE
Made His HOMESTEAD ENTRY on7-July-1916
Built his Residence inJuly 1916
Commenced Residence on HOMESTEADJuly 1916

6)   TIMELINE OVERVIEW:

31-July-1917     Date of Certificate of NATURALIZATION (as a Canadian citizen)
    Recall that Hubert had become an American citizen while living in St. John N.D.
15-July-1916     Initial Filing for Homestead SE-25-80-2W on 6th Meridian
10-June-1921     Hubert's SWORN STATEMENT summarized the House & Other Constructed Structures on his HOMESTEAD as of 10-June-1921:
ITEMSIZE (ft. by ft.)Est. $ VALUE
Log Cabin HOUSE24 by 34$500
Kitchen (added to house)16 by 20$100
(Log) Barn24 by 32$200
(Frame) Grainery16 by 24$50
(Log) Hog Barn16 by 22$55
(Log) Well House10 by 10$25
110 Acres Farmedn/a$250
10-June-1921     Hubert's SWORN STATEMENT summarized his Land Development Activity on the HOMESTEAD between 1916 and 1921:
    (Although there are clearly gaps during the WINTER MONTHS - Hubert states "continuous residence" since July 7, 1916.)
    (Hubert further states that when away from the farm he was a MERCHANT in BLUESKY
DATES Living on HOMESTEADAcres of Land BROKENAcres of Land CROPPED
31-July-1916 to 31-Aug-1916100
15-April-1917 to 30-June-1917
&
1-Oct-1917 to 30-Nov-1917
2010
15-Apr-1918 to 30-Apr-19182030
15-April-1919 to 30-Apr-1919050
1-Mar-1920 to 31-Dec-1920050
1-Jan-1921 to 8-June-1921
(Note: Statement submitted 10-June-1921.
Hubert living on HOMESTEAD full time in 1921.)
050
10-June-1921     Hubert's SWORN STATEMENT summarized the Livestock on the HOMESTEAD between 1916 and 1921:
    (presumably in the "away months" the livestock was EITHER moved to a neighbour
    OR Hubert's sons returned to tend to them as needed)
DATES Living on HOMESTEADCattleHorsesSheepHogs
31-July-1916 to 31-Aug-191614400
15-April-1917 to 30-June-1917
&
1-Oct-1917 to 30-Nov-1917
206014
15-Apr-1918 to 30-Apr-19182080125
15-April-1919 to 30-Apr-19192010040
1-Mar-1920 to 31-Dec-19202010025
10-June-1921
through
25-February-1922
    Date of Application for Land Patent for HOMESTEAD SE ¼ of Section 25 in Township 80 Range 2 West of 6th Meridian;
    HOWEVER, for some reason, it was not until:
    24-January-1922 that Neighbour Paul Salmond filed a supporting sworn statement and
    25-February-1922 that Neighbour Leo Walter Sergeant filed a sworn supporting statement
3-October-1922     Land patent issued to Hubert by Land Patents Branch Department of Interior CANADA
    (Local PEACE RIVER Agent signs off on Hubert's application 27-June-1922)
    (Deputy Commissioner in Ottawa Accepts Hubert's application 9-August-1922)

7) Naturalized as a Canadian Citizen on 31-July-1917

Documents Courtesy: Provincial Archives of Alberta, 8555 Roper Road, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5W1; www.culture.alberta.ca/archives

Provincial Archives of Alberta File 3754073 - Hubert Brooks -3754073 Header Provincial Archives of Alberta File 3754073 - Hubert Brooks- Archives Stamp  Header
Provincial Archives of Alberta File 3754073 - Hubert Brooks - Alberta Header
Provincial Archives of Alberta File 3754073 - Hubert Brooks -Form A
Provincial Archives of Alberta File 3754073 - Hubert Brooks -Form B

 

Provincial Archives of Alberta File 3754073 - Hubert Brooks -Statement 1 of 2
Provincial Archives of Alberta File 3754073 - Hubert Brooks -Statement 2 of 2

 

DOCUMENT:   SPONSORING AFFIDAVIDTS for PROVINCE of ALBERTA HOMESTEAD APPLICATION by Hubert Brooks
                           from Neighbors Paul Salmond & Oliver August Johnson

                           File 3754073 Reel 2477 for property SE ¼ of Section 25 in Township 80 Range 2 West of 6th Meridian
                           Sworn Statement by Neighbors: Paul Salmond & Oliver August Johnson dated January/February 1922 for Hubert's application ;

KEY ITEMS OF NOTE FROM DOCUMENTS:
1)     As of 25-January-1922, Paul Salmond had known Hubert for 6 years
2)     As of 25-February-1922, Oliver August Johnson had known Hubert for 6 years
3)     Information, in places, in both the Salmond and Johnson affidavidts is printed clearer than on Hubert's original documents

Documents Courtesy: Provincial Archives of Alberta, 8555 Roper Road, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5W1; www.culture.alberta.ca/archives

Provincial Archives of Alberta File 3754073 - Hubert Brooks  -Paul Salmond Supporting Statement

 

Provincial Archives of Alberta File 3754073 - Hubert Brooks  -Oliver August Johnson Supporting Statement

 

DOCUMENT:   DEPARTMENT of INTERIOR CANADA VESTING & ISSUING
                           a HOMESTEAD LAND PATENT
to Hubert Brooks
                           File 3754073 Reel 2477 for property SE ¼ of Section 25 in Township 80 Range 2 West of 6th Meridian

Documents Courtesy: Provincial Archives of Alberta, 8555 Roper Road, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5W1

Provincial Archives of Alberta File 3754073 - Hubert Brooks -Dept of Interior Land Patent

NOTE: FURTHER HOMESTEAD DOCUMENTS ARE CONTAINED in the ALFRED, AIME and JOSEPH BROOKS SECTIONS.







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