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our horses up and out on dry land, carried our wagon out one piece at a time, put it together and got our load on again in time to greet the sunrise.

The first general store and post office was owned by E. Nichol and Son on the old Commission Trail near the woods (Old Desford). We have to walk six miles every week for our mail for the first years we lived in Manitoba. Then Samuel Oke opened a post office called Fairburn at his house. Among the first schools to be built in this district was one called Nimitaw, one mile west of Boissevain on the Jim Wilson farm. This was later moved farther west and called Caranton. Maple Grove, Richview, Rayfield and Royal followed.

Our first Sports Day was held May 24, 1883, on the Smith farm.

Range 19 played Range 20 a game of baseball. I played with 19 and .won the first money I made in this country.

One early sawmill was owned and operated by George Morton on the bank of Lake Max. This mill supplied poplar building ma­ terial of all kinds for the settlers. There were other mills located in the bush; Fox had one and Smith Bros, another; also Bolton.

Mr. Brondgeest (Mrs. Udall's father) owned and operated a small grist mill on 4-3-21, at a little place called Waubeesh. Here E. B. Tachel had a general store and Bob Musgrove a blacksmith shop. A man by the name of Jack Livingstone lived at Waubeesh and carried the mail from Wakopa via Old Desford and Old Deloraine to Brandon once a week with a team of broncos and a buckboard.

In '84 Bob Musgrove built a blacksmith shop near where the Fairburn School now stands; later he moved this shop into town. This Waubeesh farm once owned by John Morrow became the scene of a double murder when Smith and Daw were killed by Walter Gordon and buried in an old well. Gordon was later found in the U.S. and finally hanged.

We were all very glad when the C.P. built the railroad to what they called Cherry Creek, afterwards changed to Boissevain. The whole neighborhood was on hand to meet the first train which arrived on Christmas, 1885. As far as my knowledge goes, of those assembled that day, I am the only one remaining.

The first house was moved into town by George Morton from the Wassawa district and was made a boarding house. Other houses and places of business made of poplar lumber and tarpaper soon sprang up. The first general stores in Boissevain were owned and operated by: George Morton, Jim Baine, A. C. McKown, A. 1. Gillis, H. G. McLaren and Alex McKnight. McKnight also kept the post office, which was in the back of McLaren's store and was reached by an alley-way at the west side of the store., at the back of his store next to where the present post office now stands. George