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Peter and Duncan soon made a name for themselves as good threshers and were known as two of the fastest feeders in the country.

It was about this time also that the first barn Peter had was destroyed. It seems that the three boys, Bob, Ed and Jim decided that one of the horses needed shoeing, so, wasting no time, they built a fire in one of the stalls to heat the shoes and the resultant fire completely destroyed barn, hay, and various smaller articles kept in such a building; however, the boys had the presence of mind to take the horse outside and tie him at a safe distance. This kindly act must have appealed to their father for they were not pun­ ished for their mistake. Punishment of any kind was very rare with this man.

In 1900 Peter Henderson married Lillie Laura Storey, whom we made mention of earlier. After their marriage he returned to the homestead with his bride to live.

On Nov 10th 1902 a daughter was born of this union and named Laura Elizabeth.

.It was this same year that a new barn was erected after a barn and granary combined which they had been using was badly twisted by wind. The new barn was to be stone and mortar on the lower story and log framed above. The logs for the barn were brought out of the Turtle Mountain, and the first operation was to square them. This job usually fell to Geo. Hopkins, a man well known in this country years ago. After all preparations were completed a "barn raising" was held, when almost all the available men within driving distance would gather at the site and pool their efforts to complete the framing in one day. The stone work on this occasion was handled by George Klee and his brother Alex. George Klee lived and kept a store in Brandon until his death about the time of the Second W orld War. A barn raising was a special occasion and the ladies would bake for days ahead in preparation for the thirty or forty men who must be fed.

During the actual framing the men chose two captains and the captains in turn chose men about until the entire crew had been taken up. Then one team went to each side of the building and it would become a friendly contest of skill and speed. Such incidents must have added greatly to the life of our pioneers in a land where there were few entertainments of any kind.

Moving on again we come to 1906 when Peter Henderson took a sub-contract for a mile of railroad right of way north of Boissevain on the proposed Hudson Bay and South Saskatchewan route. Here again we see the women of the day taking an active part in things, for the .noon meal had to be taken by horse and buggy a distance of two miles to the working site to feed the ten men employed there.