Rural Municipalities of Lajord #128 and Buck Lake #129 were formed and organized in 1910. Prior to this there were Fire Districts which in 1898 became Local Improvement Districts (LID) with an overseer or administrator appointed by the Provincial Government.
In 2005 (Saskatchewan Centennial) there were 'homestead' maps produced for each municipality. You can peruse original settlers names and/or those that owned close to the time Gray celebrated it's 100-year anniversary in 2011. Note that each of the settlers designated on the Homestead map probably filed for the Homestead Application at least three years prior to the date referenced on the map - this is the length of time usually required to 'prove' the land.
Mark Hill (1910), W.S. McIntosh (1911), W.A. Day (1912), H. H. Hansen (1913-16), Daniel B. English (1917-18), Fredrick Birthall (Bert) Lewis (1919-25 and 1935), Estley Blaine Moats (1926-34 and 1936-37), Ray Fahlman (1938-40), J.A. Downes (1941-45 and 1948), Thomas Franklin O'Brien (1946-47 and 1949-51), H.G. Euteneier (1952-60), Walter Reich (1961-62), J. Ron McMorris (1963-68), Everett Lloyd (John) Lafoy (1969-72), Earl W. MacKenzie (1973-79), Leonard Bechard (1980-88), Norman Desautels (1989-96), Larry Posehn (1997-98), Erwin Beitel (1999-2020), Armond Gervais (2021-Present)
Division #3; R.W. Smith (1910), John N. Beattie (1911-12), Fredrick Birthall (Bert) Lewis (1913-16), Ed Courneya (1917-18), Andrew Fleming Beattie (1919-20), Wayne E. LaFoy (1921-25), Walter Dunning (1926-50 and 1953-56), Wayne Ashbaugh (1951-52), Everett Lloyd (John) Lafoy (1957-68), Ross W. Houghtaling (1969-76), Greg Kelly (1977-2004), Todd Lewis (2005-Present)
Division #6; Henry Lewis (1910), Regan (1911), J.W. Clarke (1912-13), Daniel B. English (1914-16), C. Fahlman (1917-19), Charles Hollis Torville (1920-29), Virgil Bingaman (1930-37), Thomas Franklin O'Brien (1938-45), Wally Clarke (1946-47), Charles Hollis Torville (1948-49 and 1952-61), Everett Lloyd (John) Lafoy (1950-51), Dallas Boesch (1962-65), Barry Frisk (1966-2003), Alex Banga (2004-09), Kris Boesch (2010-Present)
Bratt's Lake Reeves:
J. Bratt (1913-15), D. Kirby (1916-32), A.L. Hamdorf (1933-40), C. Zerfing (1940-66), J. Baker (1966-78), F.H. Gilchrist (1978-82), K.R. Andrews (1983-88), J.H. Dobson (1989-2000), J.B. Hamdorf (2001-20), Acting Reeve David Helstrom (2020), Randal Donovan (2020-Present)
Bratt's Lake Councillors:
Division #1: Patrick Baker (1979-2002), Ron Galbraith (2003-06), Randal Donovan (2007-20), Erwin Hanley (2020-Present)
Division #4: D.J. McQuoid (1950-88), C.R. Cross (1988-95), Douglas Myers (1996-97), David Helstrom (1998-Present)
The Dominion Land Survey (DLS) of 1871 divided most of Western Canada (what was anticipated to be agricultural use) using a grid system of square mile plots. The DLS is the world's largest survey grid laid down in a single integrated system. To define the starting point the First Meridian was designated at 97°27′28.41″ West longitude (just west of Winnipeg - the western limit of settlement at the time - and went to Seventh, east of the Alberta/BC border) and the southern boundary was the 49th parallel. 'Correction lines' were placed every 24 miles (going north/south) to adjust for the curvature of the earth. So, there is a slight 'jog' along land locations heading north/south. Something else of note is that the DLS system contained road allowances - something other surveys at the time were not.
The Second Meridian was defined as 102° West (forms the northern part of the Saskatchewan/ Manitoba border). So, the land where we are located is all W2 (west of the Second Meridian). The Third Meridian is just east of Saskatoon and the Fourth Meridian is the Saskatchewan/ Alberta border.
Each section (one square mile) is numbered 1-36 - these numbers travel east to west for six miles (numbered 1-6) and then directly north of these, numbering 7-12 back towards the east. After the sixth row there is a 36 square mile 'township'. The north/south axis is designated by township number and the east/west is range. So, our land locations specify which quarter (NW, NE, SW or SE) or half (N, S, E or W) followed by section number, township number and range, ending with W2. For example, my ancestors homesteaded NW14-14-18W2.
Dominion Land Grant Information (information summarized from RM Homestead maps)
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