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EARL Y FAMILY HISTORY Contributed by C. C. Musgrove December 28, 1955

My father, James Musgrove, was born in the county of Fernana in the north of Ireland, 1828. He came to Canada as a young man. My mother, Elizabeth McAvoy, was born in Toronto, 1833. They met at the home of my grandfather, Christopher McAvoy of Picker­ ing, Ontario. After their marriage in 1850 they lived in Pickering. Then with three small children they moved to the township of Turn­ berry, Huron County, where they proceeded to hew out for them­ selves a home in the wilderness. Clearing land was slavish work. They walked in, mother carrying the baby and father 100 pounds of flour. Seven more children were born in Turnberry. One died in infancy but the others lived their allotted span of years. Only two of us are now living-Wesley, 83, at Saskatoon, and mycelf, 87, at Boissevain.

My parents were pioneers in two provinces.

About the year 1880 two men, James Burgess and Wm. Smith, came to this district from our village of Bluevale, Ont., Huron County, and settled on section 22-2-20 and 17-2-20. After their return they had so much to say about this country that they created a regular stampede from Huron County. We all thought Turtle Moun­ tain was the only part of Manitoba. Everyone who came west went first to Burgess' and then to look for land. That is why all the land in the district south of Boissevain was settled with Huronites.

Three of my brothers, John, Jim, and Bob, came in the spring of '82. They found that the first houses of the settlers were all the same. The shanties, 12 x 12 feet, were built of small poplar logs with sod roofs, half a window and a door hung on leather hinges. A bed 12 feet long made of poles flattened on the top side and fastened to the wall occupied the back of the shack. Later these shanties gave place to houses built of logs from the Turtle Moun­ tains. These logs were hewed on both sides to a thickness of six' inches. Jim Patterson and Jack Musgrove were the champions with the broadaxe.

, Some of the boys, Peter Robertson, Pete Cantlon and Dick McIntosh, who had come west in '82. returned for equipment. They, with my dad, loaded three cars for Turtle Mountain. As there was no all-Canadian railroad in those days. we had to come through the States via Detroit, Chicago and st. Paul, a journey of five days. The stock was ten days on the road. The railroad from Winnipeg to Brandon was completed in '82. Arriving in Brandon in March '83, we found the roads broken up so all our stuff had to be stored.

About the first of May we started for Brandon with six teams of oxen to bring our goods. My brother bought me a team in Bran­ don (my first experience with oxen). Although only a kid of 14, I brought my load home with the rest through the mud. That springs

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