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Yorkton WDM - Clay Oven - man mixing clay and staw with bare feet standing in front of almost complete oven
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In a Prairie Attic: Bladon Family Toys


In a Prairie Attic signLearn the story of the Bladon family, a couple and their seven children who came from Illinois to Lang, Saskatchewan from 1910. Five of the seven children lived in the family home for their entire lives.

Fortunately for the Western Development Museum and for the people of Saskatchewan, the family were savers. The WDM acquired more than 1700 artifacts from the Bladon home in addition to several hundred farm machinery company pamphlets, booklets, and advertising materials. The real treasure, however, was the toys. More than 200 are on display as part of this exhibit.

Be sure to pick up a take-home Family Self-Guide activity booklet!

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Brightly coloured tin peacock, long gold tailIn a Prairie Attic: Bladon Family Toys
by Collections Curator Ruth Bitner

The story begins in 1910 when A.R.(Dick) and Rilla Bladon and their six young children boarded the train in Illinois and headed for a new life in Saskatchewan.

Can you imagine...
Like many children, Mildred, Bill, and Buck Bladon had their tonsils removed. In 1919 such surgeries were often done at home. In preparation for the surgery on the three youngsters, the Bladon parlour was scrubbed and sterilized, and the operation carried out by two local doctors and a nurse.

Train set donated by the Bladon family