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tribe, who was a grand old man, was named "Addominie," which is pronounced as it sounds.

The most of this original Sioux tribe moved to the large Indian reserve at Pipestone in 1910-11. The Sioux Indians were, without a doubt, the best horsemen of the Great Plains region, being equalled or surpassed only by the Apache of the southwestern States.

The dress of the Sioux and their pinto ponies was the most brilliant of all the western Indians. For ceremonial occasions the ponies were tattooed while the braves were bedecked with eagle feathers, beads, and bright colors. Their spears had several brightly colored eagle feathers attached to the shaft. The chiefs had a band of eagle feathers attached to one heel running up over the shoulder, around the forehead and then down over the other shoulder to the other heel. The Turtle Mountains often saw these colorful riders.

Indians' funeral piers mounted on four poles, eight to ten feet high, were a common sight along the Turtle Mountains prior to the big fire of 1896. Buffalo skulls were still to be seen mounted on the corner poles in the early eighties, this was a custom rigidly adhered to by some tribes when they controlled the Great Plain area.

The information contained herein was supplied by the late William Stovin's son, Edward, who was born on the old homestead, 32-1-22, in 1884.


My father, Robert King, came to Winnipeg in 1882. The family came out in 1883. Robert King, who was a building contractor in Edinburgh, Scotland, was a shareholder in the Glasgow Bank. The failure of this bank in the late '70's wz: the means of bringing the Limited Liabilities Act through the British House of Commons and the reason father left Scotland.

We came to the farm, section half 30-6-20 in '87. Practically all of this district was homesteaded before that. We were in Winnipeg four years. Brought a carload of effects to Brandon, neighbors meet­ ing us there and helped us to haul our goods to the farm. We came around cv Souris. In after years when the river was not too high; we forded it in going to Brandon at what was known as the Kirby­ son and McGill crossings.

Our neighbors when we came to the farm were the Sandy Allan and Joe Taylor families and Isaac Dobson, who was then a bachelor. Our first home was a frame house 16' x 24' and our stable was a sod one. Nearly all of the stables were of sods in those days, though one neighbor had one built of clay and straw. He stripped a piece of land down to clay, spread straw on it, wet it with water; and drove his oxen backward and forward to mix it, and then used a fork to build