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and elevator agent, Mr. Peters was livery man and magistrate and also acted as doctor, dentist, druggist and veterinarian. He sold the store to Mr. McKay and son about 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Rolston arrived about 1890, he being the first blacksmith and she took over the post office from Peters.

Some of the later postmasters were Mrs. Lucas, D. Collins and K. Fraser.

Among the first section men were Gus Westergreen and A.


The first station was a box car and the agent Mr. Simpson, who it has been reported, was a survivor of the Custer massacre, being the signalman of the party and on that fateful morning was out on the hills when the Indians struck. The station box car was replaced by a station brought in from Deloraine; this was later burned in 1923. Some of the agents were Collins, Walsh and Glazier.

Elevators in the village at this time were F. F. Cole-burned about 1890; Northern Dominion; Lake of the Woods, and about 1903 the Imperial, which company also started a lumber yard. Some of the elevator agents were Tom and Bill Shepherd, Jack Brondgeest, Jack Dunbar, Billy Scott, Alfred Spreeman, Billy Rea and A. R. Aylsworth.

In 1889 Father bought our present farm from Drummond, east 14-3-21 (Strathallen) and did some breaking with horses and walk­ ing plow. In March 1890 we moved to it. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wilson then went to the Hurt farm.

The crop that year was a promising one but on August 1, just before it was ripe enough to bind, a terrific hail storm swept through the district and destroyed everything. The farmers were heart broken but they just had to carryon.

Late and early frosts were a big hazard to grain crops in those early years, also the shelling of the Red Fyfe wheat. In 1904 we had our first rust epidemic. In 1915 Marquis wheat became general and until Durum took over about 1925 there was a heavy rust toll. As more and more land came under cultivation the climate seemed to warm somewhat and the frost damage more or less was eliminated.

There was no school at this time closer than Mountainside.

Brondgeests had been having private teachers. Now there were more settlers with families, so after due consideration, a school district was formed and named Strathallen, after Lord Drummond, who had homesteaded our farm. Mr. Chas. Sankey being one of the prime movers.

In 1891 a room was rented from Mrs. Brondgeest and a teacher, Clifford Hackworth, was procured, he being my first teacher. He boarded with Dave Boothby, two miles east of here, 12-3-2l.

In 1892 a school was built on the present site 15-3-21. Miss Mc­ Donald was our teacher. My first school mates were the Taylors, Brondgeests, Hazelwoods, Wrights, Bartons and Barry Tatchell.

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