Due to decline in the fishery the government started a land resettlement program for people of the Avalon area. Families were offered thirty-five acres of land and a home if they wanted to move to the new settlement of Midland, so named because of its position midway between the communities of Corner Brook and Deer Lake.
In June of 1936 men came to Midland from Clarke’s Beach,Argentia, Lamaline, Burin, Red Island, Bell Island, to clear two twenty acre areas to use for farming. These acres became a community farm, whereby the crops were grown and sold, and the men received part of the profit. A tractor was supplied by the government to clear the land.
The men from Midland went to the train in September to meet their families, all 25 of them who came to settle into their new homes. The houses were ready, all painted the same, so much so that it was difficult to tell one from another. There was no running water or electricity. The outhouses were about thirty feet back in the woods away from the houses.
Each family was given the acres to clear and to make into farmland. Most did not do this, just clearing what they needed to live on and to make small gardens. Others returned to their homes as farming was not for them. Some went to the Air Force base in Stephenville or to Corner Brook to work in the paper industry.
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