MOAK LAKE PREFAB HOMES

Stuart & Lois Moak Lake undated

MOAK LAKE PREFAB HOUSES

A number of these prefab "Butler Buildings" were manufactured by American-based Butler Mfg. and transported to Moak Lake in units by tractor train. Approximately six were designed as homes, while others were given different uses. Buildings were clad in rust-resistant corrugated tin, and homes were outfitted with a kitchen, living room, bedrooms and a small bathroom. They were serviced by electricity, but not by sewer or water, and were heated by oil. (Circa 1956.)

"There was no running water. Instead, every home had a large steel water barrel that stood nearly as high as the bathroom ceiling. A pail was used to transfer water from this barrel to the kitchen sink or the bathtub. Water was heated with a submersible electric heater.” (S. Fraser.)