There is an old saying "Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home". It was an expression
which had particular meaning in pioneer times. New homes for new settlers were often very
small log shacks, much like this one, which was built by Dick Tennant near Benalto, Alberta.
During the infamous winter of 1906-07, the brutal weather meant that Tennant was confined to
his tiny abode much of the time. Nevertheless, he still found room for John Holsworth, a friend
who had come from Red Cloud Nebraska to live with him while checking out the prospects of
the new land.
Perhaps, it was the mandolin which Holsworth owned which helped pass the hours and give the
place a sense of home. Whatever the reason, both men remained enthusiastic about the district
and decided to permanently settle in the area.
more about the Red Deer and District Archives ...