After the marriage of Mabel and Arthur in 1907 in Bulawayo, the couple made their way up to Livingstone by wagon and forded the Zambesi river at the Old Drift prior to the erection of the bridge.
[This is the story we heard of their initial arrival and Phillip believes it was at a place called Kazangula. However Lucy relates a different crossing of the river which may well have taken place once the Blondin Basket was in place and prior to the building of the bridge]
But as Winnie resumes:
After they were married they ?proceeded to Livingstone on the railway to Victoria Falls, where the bridge was almost completed, but not joined, as it was built from either side. So they crossed in the Blondin Basket, I believe!
[It is difficult to date this unless they moved directly after the marriage. The railway was not across by 1900 but I have been able to establish that the bridge was completed and the rail lines laid to cross the river by 1908. However the gap was closed, using the same construction plan designed by Sir Ralph Freeman for the Sydney Harbour Bridge, on 1.4.1905]
The Livingstone Cold Storage Company was founded in order to deal with the many cattle purchased in Barotseland, which were herded down to this town and then processed to eliminate the need to drive them over the crocodile infested Zambesi River. Arthur Squires remained as manager until he caught influenza during the great 'flu epidemic that swept around the world and he died on 11th November 1918 at the hospital in Livingstone.
Winnie was under the impression, formed according to her mother's recollection, that he died on the same day and time that his sister-in-law, Winnie Murray was torpedoed in the Bay of Biscay at 7 a.m.
[But this does not seem to fit the dates and facts traced. See the account under Winifred Nolan of this disaster, which actually took place on 11th September, 1918, but it is most likely that notification of the sinking of the ship only reached Mabel in Livingstone somewhat later.]