This fascinating story dates back to the Pre-Confederation era with indigenous peoples engaged in social arbitration (. safety valve) style wrestling, then the fur trade culture with more rough and tumble. Early Settlement wrestling (1870-1900) saw European , largely UK style and championed locally by men like James Conmee. Then into the Settlement Expansion era (1900-1930), catch-as-catch can took over, the precursor to modern style wrestling. The story came alive with local adherents often of Finnish heritage. During the Great Depression many of the immigrants returned home and the advent of professional wrestling began.