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Dakota, was supposed to have been shot in the spring of '82 by Teddy Roosevelt, who was then ranching near the present town of Medora, N.D.

W. H. Latimer and Jas. Rae were going to Brandon with a load of wheat one winter when they caught up to an Englishman walking to Brandon. He had no overcoat and only leather boots on his feet. As Rae had two coats, he gave the fellow one. Shortly after a bliz­ zard came up very suddenly, and got so bad that they couldn't follow the trail. They tied the team to the sleigh, and kept running around it all night to keep from freezing. They had to force the Englishman to keep running, and even then his feet were badly frozen. When the weather cleared the next morning the men found themselves only a half a mile from a farm house.

One day in the spring of '82, W. H. Latimer was out in his yard on the homestead when he saw a yoke of oxen and wagon with a cow tied behind, drive into the yard. The driver turned out to be John Brown who located on the section northwest of Latimers. John lived that summer on his homestead, sleeping under the wagon-box which he had propped up with a stick. One night when Latimer was staying with John a very bad thunder storm came up. In a little while the water was running under the box, John said, "William, let's go out where it's dry." One of the oxen tethered nearby by was knocked down by a bolt of lightning. John called him "Witness" after that. John drew logs that summer for a shanty, but didn't have time to get any for a barn, consequently, the result was that John and the oxen both wintered in the shanty. The oxen were so close to the stove that they broke off the damper.

Another story is told of a settler who lived about twelve miles northwest of Latimers, and went out one night to do the chores and feed the stock. He took his little girl with him, and upon finish­ ing for the night, took her on his back and started for the house. It was storming so badly by this time that they missed the house. He tramped all night with the little girl on his back, the next day staggering into John Brown's shack. When he put the girl down on the floor, he found she was frozen solid.

The early pioneers used to travel great distances by team and on foot. They hauled wheat fifty or more miles to Brandon for twenty five cents a bushel. One day a Methodist minister stopped at Peter Henderson's for dinner. He was walking from Brandon to "Old Deloraine," a distance of seventy miles. Duncan Henderson once walked from his homestead to Nichols' store near Old Desford, a distance of thirteen miles, and carried home a hundred pound sack of flour and an armful of groceries. As the pioneers travelled from Emerson, they watched for landmarks along the way, such as the "Mound" near Pilot Mound, the Pembina River, Pancake Lake, certain creeks and finally the "Turtle's Back" in the Turtle Moun­ tains. Whitewater Lake was another landmark.

"Buffalo wallows" are still to be seen on the prairies. They are

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