In 1911, Mr. Blacker came from the States and homesteaded the N.E. 23-57-5, where Robert Bartholomew later lived. He was an uncle of Lewis and William Blacker. He built a small house and a barn. Then he dug a well and broke about thirty acres of land. Later on he got his whole quarter fenced. In 1914 he went back to Washington. Mr. Blacker was a married man but his wife died in the flu epidemic of 1918.