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eral store, blacksmith shop, flour mill and saw mill, which were powered by a water wheel.

In 1883, Joe was joined by his wife on the homestead and here their family of six children were born. In the early days of the settlement, Mrs. Washington was afraid of the Indians and spent anxious days when her husband was in the bush or on trips to Brandon, but she later found that they were harmless and responded quickly to any kindness shown. It was a common occur­ rence to find half a dozen squaws sitting on the kitchen floor after having made a noiseless entrance. All they wanted was to see Mrs. Washington's white papoose and having admired it they went on their way.

The first threshing machine was brought in by Wm. Shannon.

The grain in those days was all stooked and threshing was carried on until near Christmas, and when the snow became to deep to move the machine, it was left until spring. Later in the eighties, a syndicate was formed, including A. Cassar, Jas. Maxwell, Wm. Ryan and the Gregories. These were hand fed machines; the straw was bucked away from the carrier with a horse on each end of a pole or plank into long rows On each side of the outfit. It was a great privi­ lege for the boys to be allowed to ride these horses while the straw buck man lay on the straw.

J oe Washington was one of the first of the settlers to realize that a farmer must have livestock, and have other sources of income besides grain. About 1889, he purchased his first pure bred short­ horn, one of several which had been brought from Ontario by John Hittle. A short time later, he bought a bull-Red Knight II-with a few females. From these matings were raised some animals which won honors at Minnesota State Fair, Winnipeg, Brandon and Toronto. The herd came into the hands of Joe's son Henry and before it was dispersed in 1951, he had won the Grand Championship for both male and females. Al though specializing in shorthorns, Joe was also interested in Clydesdale horses and bred prizewinners at all the local fairs. He was called on to judge at most of the fairs in Western Canada, and those who knew him and competed with him remember how he talked of horses all day and far into the night.

Mr. Washington's interests were not centred on his farming operations to the exclusion of public affairs. With Will Shannon and Wm. Ryan, he was instrumental in the setting up of Maple Grove School District, and acting as a trustee for several years. He sat as member of the Municipal Council for a considerable time and in the last decade of the last century was reeve of the municipality for several terms. He was also instrumental in the incorporation of the Turtle Mountain Agricultural Society and for many years served as one of its directors.

Retiring from active participation in the work of the farm in 1931, he passed away in 1938, leaving a record of splendid work as an agriculturist and as a public servant.

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