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The grain was stacked and threshed from the stack. In 1895, there was a heavy crop. They tried to thresh it during the winter, when it was full of snow. This proved to be quite unsatisfactory. Wheat was ground at Gregory's Mill, that was situated on the Souris River south of the present town of Nesbitt. Mr. Gregory had trouble getting the dam to hold, because of the mud banks. Within a few years a mill was built by Hurt and McKay in Boissevain.

Mother said the neighbours were very kind. If she were away she usually found a gift had been left in the shanty. Sometimes it was a pillow case of flour or a roast of pork. Quite often during the winter, Bob Heaslip would come across the fields with a pan of frozen milk under his arm. This was a gift from his mother, but he was willing to share it with us.

One year Mrs. Emerson set a hen for us. We were to raise the chickens once they had hatched, as poor biddy had to return home and hatch some more eggs. We were not very successful however. I believe hawks took most of the chicks. Speaking of birds reminds me of the Sand Hill cranes. They used to come and stand on a hill south of our house. From a distance they looked like men. Because of the recent North West Rebellion and the danger from Indians, mother became quite frightened.

As the years passed Mrs. T. Hammond and mother helped at many births. During one summer they brought eight babies into the world. Quite often no doctor was available.

Mother accompanied me to Brownlea School at first. She was afraid I would become lost in the long grass, as there were no paths. The first teacher was the wife of Reverend W. Johnson. Miss Bradley, who lived with her brother Dave on a homestead south of T. Hammond's taught for two summers. I also had Miss Robinson, Cyrus Wright, Mr. Whiting, Miss Potter, Miss Rose, Miss Cameron and Miss Reekie as teachers. School was held from May 1 till the snow came. Usually it was about six months. The only summer holidays were May 24, and July 12. There were several reasons for not holding school during the winter. Many people had no way of driving the children to schooL Warm clothing was very scarce. Then there was not enough money to pay a teacher for an entire year. I believe it was not until 1902 that school remained open for a normal year. Brownlea may have gotten its name from the fact that it was built on Brown's land. I continued my education by attending Boissevain High School. In 1898 I went to Normal School in Brandon. We made the trip in an ope nsleigh. Bags of hot oats were placed at our feet to keep them from freezing. A ground wind made travelling difficult, so we stopped at the River to feed and rest the horses.

The first church services were Anglican, and were held in the schooL Reverend Woods came from Boissevain to conduct the service. Later on we had Baptist services in the- morning and Pres­ byterian and Methodist on alternate Sunday afternoons.