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crowded close to a fence and at Fred's suggestion I yelled "Gee Haw." They did and finished up straddling the fence. Mr. McKinney came along and got things straightened out for us and gave us the horses to drive.

A week later I was harrowing with the oxen and had learned to haw and gee them fairly well. However I found that these com­ mands had no effect on them on a hot day when they wanted to head for a water-hole. I tried pelting them with stones but they promptly backed up, trampling the harrows into the mud. I now had to remove my pants, go in and unhitch the oxen and carry the harrows out section by section. I wasn't too fond of oxen by the time I was finished.

When I first arrived in the district, there being very few fences, distances were shortened considerably by angling across farms. Farm houses were mostly log or sod shanties and the barns were dugouts covered with poles and straw. Farm wages ran all the way from $8 to $20 per month. In town first class board and washing was $12 per month.

After farming for three years I went into the grain buying business and worked for the Farmer's Elevator Co., being appointed manager in 1897.

In 1902 I married Cassie C. Brondgeest, a daughter of one of the early settlers of the Whitewater district. In 1903 we moved to N apinka where I bought grain for the Imperial Elevator Co. and managed their lumber yard. Returned to Boissevain in 1905 to take over the editorship of the Boissevain Recorder, buying the business outright in 1908. During that time I also bought grain for the Ogilvie Milling Co. and was accountant in the Boissevain Land Titles Office, later being deputy registrar for a period of five years. I retired from the printing business in 1945 and moved to Winnipeg.

During my residence in Boissevain I served several terms on the Town Council; was president of the Board of Trade for many years and served on the executive of the Associated Boards of Trade; was superintendent of St. Matthew's Sunday School, a church warden and on the executive of the Diocese of Brandon for over twenty years; was Worshipful Master of Doric Lodge, A.F. & A.M. in 1909; Chairman of the Canada to Canal Highway Association in 1928; was a member of the committee which was instrumental in having the International Peace Garden located at its present site and am now honorary president of the Peace Garden Association. I served several years as a director of the Children's Aid Society and am an honorary member of the Brandon Kiwanis Club. I also served as president of the C.W.N.A. and am now an honorary life member of that Association.