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In 1909 he built a large granary and then deciding that an elevator would remove much of the hard work connected with the handling of grain, he raised it up and built a driveway and pit underneath. To this he added a leg and cupola on top to distribute grain to the bins. Overhead was also a built in cleaner while under­ neath he had a bin for ice storage. It was powered by a gasoline engine.

His first car was an International High Wheeler in 1909. There were three of them in the district about the same time owned by James Patterson, Bob King and Peter Henderson. The next year he changed his High Wheeler for a Cadillac and in the same year of 1910 the elevator, which was used for only one crop, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground while the family were attending a ball game at Bob Robertson's, now the Harold Hender­ son farm.

In 1915 he moved to town, while his son Edwin took the farm.

They lived in Boissevain for a period of six years and during this time a son was born on Jan. 14, 1917. and named Melville Clair. Then in 1921 the family moved back to one of their farms closer to town. They lived here for two years and then moved a mile north to the east half of section 35, a farm which he had previously acquired as a stock and grain farm. They lived here for two years while erecting a new barn on the east half of 26 on the edge of town and on completion of the buildings and remodelling in 1925 they moved back to section 26.

During the years he had built up his holdings until at one point he farmed 11 quarters. On June 10th 1928 word was received of the death of his third son, James, who was accidentally killed while on construction work in Marshall, Oklahoma.

Peter Henderson lived out his remaining years on this farm with his family until March 22nd 1935 when he died at his home after a brief illness. His widow and youngest son carried on. farming operations until 1940 when she moved to Boissevain and is presently

residing there. . ..

In 1949 their daughter Laura, who in the previous years had married John Henry Baskerville, passed away.

And so we pay tribute to our pioneers on this our 75th anniversary.

While these men and women may not have been the greatest of their day, to us they were the best. They had the faith and courage to open up and build a country that we might live and raise our children in peace.

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