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My brother Jim's chief interest was the church. In fact he was a local preacher in the early Methodist Church. Meetings were held first at Fairburn in the home of Samuel Oke, Sr., then the old church in town was used from 1887 to 1893 when the present stone church was erected. J. J. was active in Young People's work and at one time started a debating society. A permanent memorial to J. J. is the International Peace Garden, for his was the original sugges­ tion of the Turtle Mountain site.


My father, Robert Richardson, sold his farm in Ontario, and with my brother, George, worked with a survey group on the C.P.R. when they were surveying the road west.

When they reached Brandon, they came out to the Turtle Mountain, where some of the relatives had settled and home­ steaded. They built a log house and bank barn, where Jack Wilson now lives. The next year, the family came out from Ontario.

I came West in June, 1887. They met me at Boissevain with the wagon. I remember when we were driving home past the "Big Slough," south of town, we could scarcely hear each other speaking for the songs and chatter of the birds. The country was all so new and interesting, but I was so lonely for Wingham, Ontario, that I

could have walked back. .

A few years earlier, before the churches were built in Boisse­ bain, the bachelors let the horses rest on Sundays and they walked to Jimmie Burgess' (22-2-20) Old Desford) for morning service, then back to Mr. Oke's (Fairburn) for afternoon service.

Later we used to walk in to service at St. Andrew's in town.

One Sunday night the mosquitoes must have heard we were coming, as everyone and all their relations were on hand to feast upon the life blood of we unfortunate mortals.

The church had been built in 1887. Some of the ones helping were Jim Patterson, Tom Patterson, Will Armstrong, Peter Robert­ son, Jack Robertson, Mr. Strong, Peter Henderson, Duncan Hen­ derson and many others. Mr. Jim Bain was one of the Managing Board. Mr. J. K. Welch was the minister.

In the winter, we enjoyed visiting and going to dances. One sleigh load went out to near Bunclody for a surprise party. It was a surprise for all, for when they reached the home, they found the family out of bread. A big pot of potatoes was soon boiled and all enjoyed a hot potato lunch. Another outing was to a "Calico Ball"

held in Boissevain. .

After I was married, we came to town one beautiful moonlight night with a team of oxen hitched to the wagon. My husband just had a whip to guide them. They followed ravines, up hill, down dale, from our buildings back to where the waterworks dam is