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Morton built a large flat warehouse in which to store grain. This was operated entirely by manpower.

The lower part of the Masonic Hall was used as a public school until a school house was built in '89. W. T. Musgrove was the first principal and Miss A. Holden the first assistant.

The pioneers had only. a few tin pails and a meagre supply of water with which to fight fire. One unforgettable disaster befell the young town in 1889 when a fire broke out about where Scottie's store now stands. The fire consumed the entire block, the school as well as the elevator across the street. Before the next winter these undaunted pioneers had constructed a new town on the ashes of the old.


Notwithstanding the difficulties under which we lived and labored in those early days, we enjoyed life.

We are told that young men see visions and old men dream dreams; we were young and saw visions, some materialized, others vaporized. Now we are content to dream dreams.

The pioneer spirit has disappeared with the advance of time and with the advent of the telephone, the automobile and the radio.

The ox has given place to the horse, much to our satisfaction, and now that faithful animal is fast disappearing and those that are left look over the fence to see the tractors coming down the field. Since electric power has spread throughout our land, power machinery is fast displacing the machines operated by hand. The coal oil lamp is gone and we can now sit in our comfortable well­ lighted homes and listen to news from all over the world-such is life!


The Indians (probably Dakotas) of Boissevain pioneer days came mostly from St. John, N.D., to camp west of Boissevain. They would hold pow-wows there, dry their meat on poles, annoy the white women by looking in and walking into their homes un­ announced. Upon receiving gifts of flour and sugar they were con­ tent to leave. After a stay of two weeks they would disappear until the following summer. I recall an old Indian telling me of a big fight in the Musgrove ravine where the Northern Indians ambushed the Dakotas. I found one native grave ringed round with stones and containing a skull and trinkets.

While the buffalo had disappeared by '83 many buffalo skele­ tons lay bleaching near the wallows cut 1 Vz to two feet around the rocks.

That same ravine provided the stone from which the United (Methodist) Church, Royal (Union) Bank, Central School, and drug store were constructed.