PETER DAHL (19913)

Peter Dahl, from Norway, arrived at York Factory in 1814. He had been amongst a group of men, mainly Norwegians, hired by the HBC to build posts along a planned winter road from York Factory to Lake Winnipeg. Their first destination was the northern end of Lake Winnipeg where they began work on what would eventually be known as Norway House. The HBC was unhappy with the Norwegians and the feeling was mutual. At the end of their 3-year contracts, most of them did not renew.

In 1815 the majority of the colonists at Red River left for Upper Canada. Those who remained were driven from the settlement and fled to the north end of Lake Winnipeg where they established a camp known as Winipic Settlement. The Norwegians were working in the area, and when Colin Robertson led the settlers back to Red River, Peter Dahl was in his party. The settlement underwent a tumultuous few years, but survived, and in 1818 a list of settlers included Peter Dahal. There was also a note designating him as HBC and the sole occupant of his household.

Peter Dahl married Catherine Murray, daughter of Alexander and Isobel Murray, settlers of 1815. There is no record of the marriage, but presumably it took place between the years 1818 and 1820. A record of the settlers and the lots they occupied in 1822-23 shows Peter Dahal on the west side of the Red River just north of Frog Plain (Kildonan). Catherine and Peter remained at Red River and had at least five children. Catherine died in July 1857 and Peter in October 1859. They were buried in St. John’s churchyard; the burial register gave Peter’s age as 79.

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