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when Boissevain School opened, Nimitaw-renamed Carenton-was moved one and a half miles farther west. Previous to building their school, Boissevain had used the Masonic Hall for classes.

As rugged as was the pioneer life, its tedium was relieved by lusty recreations. At the Pattersons' farm-34-2-20-sports were held on Queen Victoria's birthday. In the afternoon athletic events took place and in the evening, at the correction line, there was a half-mile pony race which Bob Cassidy won. At night a dance was held in Tom Patterson's log house. William Patterson, William Lambert and James Rae who played violins were generally called on to provide the music for any dance in the district. Occasionally in one of the farm houses we had a concert put on by "local talent."

An event of social and economic interest was the country fair.

In 1883 the location of the fair was changed from the James Burgess farm to Old Deloraine. The change displeased a number of the settlers who, when they heard the date of the annual meeting in 1885, organized a protest. Three sleigh loads of men journeyed to the meeting. One of the men made a motion that the fair of 1886

.be held near the original fair site, and the motion carried by only "a small majority. In the spring of 1886 a show for stallions was held at Boissevain and the regular fall fair was held in October.

Each year made history in this area and in the Canadian north­ west. After seeding in the spring of 1885, my brother hauled a load of wheat to Brandon. He sent back word that he would not be home for awhile. The Northwest Rebellion had broken out and the government was hiring men and teams for freighting at ten" dollars a day. Horses and wagons were transported in box cars to Qu'Appelle from where, in convoys of ten wagons loaded with supplies they freighted north. The men were provided with rifles and ammunition to use if they were attacked. This transportation proposition appealed to Jim and he worked on it for five weeks.

In July, 1886, Boissevain was highly honored by a visit from Sir John A. and Lady MacDonald. From a platform erected for the occasion, the Prime Minister, who was introduced by George Mor­ ton, addressed a gathering of citizens. After the visitors had departed by train, the Conservatives held a meeting at which they nominated George Morton as their candidate to contest the Federal election which would be held that fall. In that election he was defeated by the Liberal candidate, Finlay Young of Wakopa.

In the winter of 1886 some businessmen who had located at Rapid City-which town had not yet any prospect of a railroad­ decided to come to Boissevain. They were Dr. Cornell, William Cowan, a druggist; Butchart Brothers, hardware merchants; Cotting­ ham, a harness maker, Butler and Frith, blacksmiths, and John Morrow, a lawyer. After their coming Caleb Ryan built a hotel on North Railway Street but the building was destroyed by fire in the following year. In that fire, a grain buyer, Duncan McBain, lost his life. Again, fire took a heavy toll when, in 1889, a $50,000 blaze

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