Oh, WOW!!! That story in the Lashburn book certainly, and sadly, fills in one of the big gaps I've been trying to fill. Thank you so, so much for looking that up. I had shivers while reading it. I can't imagine being a pioneer woman in a new country with two young sons (one possibly physically handicapped from a long-ago family letter) and not knowing what became of my husband. Very sad, but fortunately she was able to support them.
I had read on a ship's passenger list and a census that Edith ("Mrs. Jowett") was a baker / confectioner so her owning a bakery fits well, as does her brother, Arthur Smith, being a merchant on a border crossing record (as he owned a hardware store in the story you attached)...such good details.
SK has started to digitize that province's homestead records and today I was able to find the seven pages associated with Esau's legal land description (same one as in your post). He was awarded the title in 1907, but there is no further information after that.
Would you, or anyone reading this, have any idea how I would find out when the land changed hands after that? (I've searched that at the AB archives for AB homesteads, but don't about SK. I was in Lashburn and Marshall two years ago doing genealogy research on Robert's family (he's the man Edith eventually remarried), but unfortunately didn't know about this other branch then.)
Now, I hope to find a marriage certificate for Edith (nee: Smith) Jowett and my great gf, Robert Arrowsmith, most likely in Saskatchewan and sometime after 1916. (Robert's wife, Annie [nee; Hindle], died 15 Feb 1915 and Edith is listed as a widow on the 1916 census so I'm thinking they married some time in or after 1916.)
You have no idea how much I appreciate all this help! The genealogy community continues to amaze me.