Monday, January 01, 2007

...And you think the mail is slow nowadays!

From the August 28, 1860 issue of the Nor'Wester newspaper comes this article... The article mentions a courier service, which makes sense in the days before the railroad was established. Obviously it wasn't as fast as the fabled Pony Express!

And we think our mail is slow sometimes nowadays...

Mail was just one of the reasons settlers north of Pembina/St. Vincent were unhappy. In 1870, "...As the disaffection of the Red River colonists continued, a motion to annex the colony to the United States was introduced in the United States Congress. It was suggested that the Americans send commissioners to the territory to negotiate terms with the settlers directly. The motion was defeated." [Glenbow Archives]