1880 - 1911
- Some settlement in Bratt's Lake area (previously named Buck Lake) in late 1800's and early 1900's. The Soo Line came to Milestone in 1893 and that is how most of the pioneers arrived - and then by oxen and wagons (a day journey to our area). The first post office (Jesse Bratt Sr. home) and the first church (Buck Lake Methodist) were built near where the lake is today.
- Fire Districts (or Statute Labour and FIre Districts SLF) were designated by the government to specify an area such that settlers could work together to create furrows/roads/whatever to discourage the spread of prairie fires - a major concern in those days. Residents could be exempt from taxes if they would give two days labour per quarter-section to fireguard tasks. As of 1898 these areas were called Local Improvement Districts (LID).