Gent- Dr. Sherman Farm

Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada


Gent (Dr. Sherman) Farm, 1 Mile south of Bienfait, date unknown


Gent (Dr. Sherman) Farm, 1 Mile south of Bienfait, Photo taken Nov 1927

Buildings- L/R- Barn, Windmill (well), Pig Pen, Pig Sty, Chop House, Chicken Coop (with 3 vents on the roof, and only building still standing in 2017)
Garage (Left side was coal bins, center for car and tractors, right side was a granary, the outhouse was behind this building.
(As we had No Running Water, no Indoor Sewer, or Electric Power ) And the Farm House on the right. Later on Granaries stood on land in the the foreground.
We did have Battery Power, which I thought were housed in the basement of the house, but kind of remember them out in a shed by the house?,
c/w a Small Gas Generator to charge them, and water came from the well under the Windmill.

We also had a water cistern in the basement of the house, This water was used for Washing Clothes, Baths, Etc.
We hauled cream cans from the Bienfait Town Well for our drinking water. Water from the well was used for the animals etc.
Coal from the garage was used for cooking, and Coal in the basement was used for heating.
The water and the coal were hauled to the farm by my Uncle Frank Olson, who lived in Bienfait.
Telephone came later on, and it was an old magneto wall phone. (2 Shorts and a long, Crank type.)
I Lived on this farm from 1949 until 1958.
My mother did not have too many happy memories on this farm, as it was tough being a housewife, with children and Borders, with such meager belongings.
Myself on the other hand, wish I was still there. Not a care in the world in those years.

The Percy Gent Family, and then my Dad and Mom, rented this farm from a Mr and Mrs. Dr. Sherman,
who lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with their son Fletcher Sherman

I researched this doctor below,
Dr. Guy Ridley (Reyney?) Sherman was an Optician in Minneapolis, Hennepin, MN, USA
b- Sept 26, 1869 Wayland, Allegan, Michigan, USA
d- Jan 8, 1937 Hennepin, MN, USA
father- Thomas Sherman, b- abt 1822 in Ireland, d- 1891
mother- Adelia Fortelia Sherman, nee Lowry, b- abt 1834 in Canada, d- 1888
wife- Ella Emeline Sherman, nee Cook
b- Feb 2, 1870, at Lyons Iowa.
d- July 30, 1960 Hennepin, MN
daughter of William H. Cook and ? Hutson
Married at Grace Episcopal Church, Lyons, Iowa, Oct 30, 1901.
son Fletcher Lowry Sherman,
b- May 21, 1906 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, MN, USA
d- Nov 27, 1932, Hennepin, MN
Now if I have the right family, fletcher would have died shortly after the photo above by the looks of the age of the car etc.

This farm, and my Grandparents, Percy and Fannie Gent, were included in Farley McGill Mowat's Book, “Born Naked”, printed in 1993, Pages 98-101

Many kids from Bienfait, would come out to play on this farm.
Below is a float we had for the Bienfait Cubs
Barn in Background

July 1, 1956

These are the only 2 Pictures known of the complete farm yard courtesy of my Cousin Donna Lyseng, nee Gent
They were found in the belongings of my Aunt Winnie Gent, nee Oliver, who passed away in Edmonton AB.
My brother Wayne painted a picture of the farm from memory many years ago. No actual photos of the whole farm were known to exist until these were found.

Also shown in photo above, farm worker, Marcus Charles Todd
b- bet Jan-Mar 1878, in West Derby, Lancashire, England, Age 27 in 1906 census, shown immigrating from England 1901
Baptized Apr 11, 1878, Knotty Ash. d- Mar 11, 1951, Bienfait? Saskatchewan, and is buried in Bienfait Civic Cemetery
Father- Luke Todd, b- abt 1851, in England, died between 1879 and 1881, School Master Knotty Ash School, when he was married
Grandfather- Mark Todd, Shoemaker in 1873 Mother- Jane Todd, nee Hardman, b- 1850, School Mistress when she was married, and still in 1901 in England, age 50, born in Boltons, Lancashire, England.
Daughter of James Hardman
They were married July 3, 1873 in St John the Evangelist, District of Knotty Ash, West Derby, Lancashire, England
Siblings:
Sister Lucy Ann Todd, age 16 in 1891, baptized May 24, 1874, Knotty Ash
Brother- John Henderson Todd, baptized Feb 27, 1876, Knotty Ash. Brother- John Hardman Todd, age 15 in 1891, he married Violet Barnes in 1906
Sister- Alice Philippa Todd, age 1, in 1881




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