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him he could. The few days turned into years and Billy Brown and father became the best of friends. Brown's past was shrouded in mystery and if he ever told father anything of his early life father never told anyone else. He did say that he thought Brown had shot an Indian, or Indians, in North Dakota but he never said that Brown had told him that.

Brown was a fine shot with either rifle or shotgun and a wonderful mechanic with the limited tools of those days. Father always claimed that while he was living with him he invented the bundle carrier that was later used on the McCormick binder. Cer­ tainly Brown invented a bundle carrier and attempted to sell the idea to McCormick. Whether he ever had a patent or not I don't know but father said the McCormick people imitated, he used a blunter word, Brown's bundle carrier. The only difference between the carrier used on the McCormick binder and the one Brown tried to sell them was that the outer eight or ten inches of the teeth in Brown's model were jointed to allow them to tip up. A model of Brown's carrier was at father's for years after Brown left.

The C.P.R. railroad line from Winnipeg was pushed through to the site of the present town of Boissevain in 1885. Its coming brought to an end the long trips to Brandon, which up till that time was the only market place for any produce the settlers might have., and the finish to the hardest, though possibly the most glamorous, periods of pioneer life in the district. Father and his neighbors drove in to see the first train come into Boissevain. I don't know the date but it must have been a very eventful day in their lives.

In the summer of 1887 the building of the first school in the district north of Whitewater Lake was completed and Primrose, the name of the new school, was opened for a term of seventy-five days, with an enrollment of sixteen pupils. Many names that were associated with the early days of the area appeared on the first register of Primrose School-McKenzie, Munroe, Cruickshank, Me­ Cutcheon and others including Irvine and Gavin Boyd. Isaac Logan was the first teacher. Father and Joe McCutcheon were on the first School Board and father served as secretary-treasurer of the Prim­ rose School for a long period.

Recently the original Primrose School was replaced by a fine, modern school. When the old building was raised for moving it was found that the stringers, which served as the school's founda­ tion, were of square-hewed oak, which would come from Turtle Mountain, and almost as solid as the day they were laid, nearly seventy years ago.

On the morning of July 11th, 1888, father drove to the home of Albert Johnston, two and a half miles northeast of where the hamlet of Croll now stands, and he and mother, Josephine Johnston, were married. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Charles

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