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Cornwall, Ontario, and works for the Gas Company. Lachie married Phyl Jodoin in October, 1963. They are very active in the Lions and Lionette Clubs. Lachie was District Governor for two years. They still reside in Kenora.
Peter was born on the family farm on January 25, 1933, and attended school at Crocus and Erickson. He worked on road construction, was parts man at Gordon's Service Station and also parts man at Dawson Creek, B.C. Peter now works with his brother Lachie in Kenora, Ontario, driving trucks and mechanical work. He married Shirley Murdock in January, 1962. They have four children; Danny, Diane, Paul and Nancy. The two younger children still attending school there. They reside at Kenora, Ont.
MAYOR, HARRY JOSEPH MEGSON AND IDA VIOLET
by Harriet Hodges
Harry Mayor the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T.
Mayor was born at Barrie, Ontario, on November 26, 1881. The family moved from Barrie to Riske Creek, B.C., where they lived for six years. There were no schools there, so the family moved back to Gladstone, Manitoba, where they farmed two miles east of Glad stone.
Ida Violet Moad, the second daughter of Alexander and Jennie Moad, was born at Minnedosa, Manitoba on their farm, three miles north of Minnedosa. Their family moved to Gladstone prior to 1912. They farmed just north and east of town. On June 16, 1914, Harry and Ida were married and they farmed south of Gladstone in what was known as the Bear Creek district. Five of their children were born there, namely, Harriet Almira, Alexander Laurence, John Ashton Moad, Winchell Herbert and George William Harold. About 1921, Dad took a homestead in the Ebb and Flow district but he did no improvements on it, so it was abandoned. Then he accompanied the three McLaughlin boys, Ford, Melvin and Bob on a trip to Clear Lake to look at the country. Melvin, a returned soldier took the east 1/2 1-20-20W, later Ford bought the S.W. 1/4 8-20-19W from the Hudson Bay Co. In the summer of 1924, Dad brought the family to the Clear Lake Annual picnic and we visited with Arthur Simms and Melvin and Bob McLaughlin. Dad and Mother then decided they would move to Crawford Park.
On March 25, 1925, Dad left Gladstone driving his six horses and a sleigh load of feed to Erickson. The first night he stayed with the Newton family at Neepawa. (They were mother's aunt and uncle). The second night he stayed with the George Wilson family at Clanwilliam, another uncle and aunt. The next day he arrived at Erickson.
On March 26, 1925, Mother and the children came by train, as did the household effects, machinery and cattle. They stayed at the Hotel owned by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Miller. While there we saw the first radio, that was
bought by Rev. Odelberg. It was about the size of a shoe box and had two sets of ear phones. Dad arrived on the 27th and unloaded the cattle out of the boxcar. One cow had calved, so as Mr. Miller had a barn behind the Hotel, he kept that cow and milked her, so as to have milk for the hotel.
The next morning Dad, Laurence and John drove the cows to Edgar Miller's farm, where they left them at 'a straw stack. One cow that had been injured in the boxcar and could not keep up to the herd, dad left at the Ted Lee farm where she stayed for a couple of months. On March 29th, the family was loaded, along with a stove, a table, bed, some food and clothes in a sleigh box and we started out for our new home. We came out of Erickson, past the Haralson farmhouse, where there were a couple of hills. We had no hills at Gladstone, so the horses were not accustomed to hills and neither was Dad, the driver. There were no martingales or breeching on the harness to hold the load back. The horses started running from the top of the hill and by the time we got to the bottom of the hill, they were galloping as fast as they could go. Mother and we children were terrified.
Dad had to make many trips to Erickson, hauling our belongings. Being a devoted member of the Methodist Church, Dad could sing complete hymns without a hymn book. When coming home at night, he would be singing in a very loud voice that could be heard a long way off. Ed and Wyman Miller soon had Dad nicknamd the "Hymn Singing Farmer".
In the summer of 1925, the Miller family offered us the use of their cottage at Clear Lake for a week's holiday. At that time there were only nine cottages and a Tennis Court at Clear Lake.
In June, 1928, I stayed with the Charlie Johnson family for a week while I wrote my grade eight exams. For the next two and a half years I worked for my room and board while attending high school in Erickson. The first year, for Ben and Ida Swanson, who moved to Vancouver in June, 1929. Then with the Brekke family and Anton Christiansen family, then for six months with Mr. and Mrs. G. Wilson of Clanwilliam.
While living at Crawford Park, three more boys were born in the Mayor family, namely Thomas Albin, Glen Arthur and Weldon Scott. Our nearest doctor was Dr. Rutledge of Erickson who always came, but due to travelling by horse and cutter, was usually too late. He always made sure Mother and baby were okay before he returned to town. Granny Kelly brought Albin into the world, Glen and Weldon were delivered by Mrs. Baxter. During W. W. 2, three sons enlisted, Laurence and Winchell enlisted in the army, George in the R.C.A.F. Due to health reasons John was turned down. George was killed over Karlsnuhe, Germany on April 25, 1944.
In the fall of 1956, Dad and mother retired from the farm to live in Erickson. They moved into a house on 3rd street. Mother was a member of the Hospital Aid, the Women's Institute and the Legion Auxiliary. For many elections she was the Returning Officer for Erickson. Dad enjoyed playing Cribbage and Scrabble. He died on March 3, 1967. Mother moved into Parkland home, where she resided until her death August 22, 1976. They are buried in the Crawford Park cemetery.