Friday, 24 February 2017


                                                                  From a Shack to a Mansion

In 1911 Fred Beynon Sr. came to the Esther area to the homestead he had filed the year before while teaching school in Duboc Sk. The first thing he had built was a barn for some cattle and horses and being constructed with a straw roof, it caught fire and burned. He later had a large hip-roofed barn built and the Frenchman that built it looked out the top window after it was done and said " Bonne Vue" thus the farm name, this grand old barn has recently collapsed and the wood is being recycled by Mr. Beynons Great Grandson. In 1919 he built a small house for his new bride and himself, they honeymooned to Banff in a Model A Ford car. In 1928 they built the Grand two story house which still stands today on the original homestead.

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