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This is a drawing done by James Wharton. James Wharton was born April 5, 1853 at #7 Adlington St. in the county of Lancashire, Liverpool, England. He attended Sefton School. He loved to draw. He spent hours drawing the countryside and architecture around him. His work appears to be an extension of a school art program. He did sketches, and in a few of these he made use of pointillism which was just new at that time. He did most of his drawing when he was 11 and 12.
When James grew up, he became a railroad engineer. He married Margaret Orme. He and his family came to North America. His family arrived in New York in the month of March, 1882. The trip on the ship took 14 days, and his wife was never so sick. After the boat trip, he and his wife boarded a train headed for Portland, Oregon, USA. His trip to Portland to join a friend was rerouted when they met a land agent on the train. That land agent helped James pick his homestead property from a land map of the new development near Brandon, Manitoba. So, James and Margaret rerouted their trip to Canada.
They traveled by boat up the Red River to Winnipeg, Manitoba and then up the Assiniboine River to Brandon, Manitoba. They got a team of oxen and a wagon in Brandon and travelled 20 miles to their homestead. They settled in the municipality of Oakland 5 miles from the little town of Nesbitt. James did two jobs: farming and working at the Gregory Mill on the Souris River which was 3 miles from their homestead.
James was injured in a farming accident in 1904. He was carrying a bag of oats on his shoulder down from the loft of the granary when a step on the ladder broke and he fell backwards onto a set of heavy farm scales. He landed on his back and was badly injured. He was unconscious when they found him. James� family lifted and brought him to the house. The doctors did not seem to be able to help him. James lived for 2 more years, and slept in a chair to keep comfortable. He died January 7, 1906 at the age of 52 years, nine months.
James left behind drawings he had made in England. These drawings were preserved and are a very tangible link with our grandfather we never knew and to his childhood home. Donna Munro has restored, enhanced, and prepared the picture for print. I have print outs of this earlier restoration and it is still acceptable, but does not have all the detail of the classic restoration.
November 18th, 2010
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