Posted earlier on Ancestry message board for Manitoba, and now updated with scans of photos:
An old family photo album came out for the first time (for me anyway) this Christmas, with a few snaps from our Neal relatives who had emigrated to Manitoba.
One photo was labelled ‘School-van Oak River’ – a sledge cart with high sides pulled by 2 horses, with Oak River (and some less legible writing) written on the side. On the same page of the album, the construction of a building which looks remarkably like Oak River United Church as shown on Oak River village webpage (but the link gone and we are told that it was built somewhat later, so no it isn’t the same).
One or two photos of snow puts our recent flurry in perspective – roads tunnelled through depths about the height of an adult.
I have only got a 1916 census for the family for there – the 1906 census, while still in the general area, seems to be a different place. Would be grateful for any suggestions of any sources of more info – for family data or Oak River history.
Bob Neal first went to Canada 1892, returning to England for marriage to Mary Earl in 1897. Offspring William, Harry, Stanley, Nellie, plus 3 boys who died very young in Norwich 1902/5: Earl, Frank, Archibald.