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and wrapped it around a tree so we could edge the loads down the steep hill. It was late at night when all the loads were safely down. All stayed the night at Sam Heaslip's as clothes had to be dried and oxen fed. We started for Brandon next day with wagons in seven feet of snow and got to William English's by night. We slept in the kitchen and snow drifted in on us while we slept. Next day we got to Clevelands. The fourth day we made Brandon and went to the market. Those with white fife wheat could sell it. Dick and I had red fife. There were no elevators and I had to store my wheat with Parrish and Lindsay's Storage, Brandon. Dick sold his for seed.

I needed boots so the shoemaker, Mr. Sinkbil, sold me leather boots with felt inners for $1.50.

"If you don't pay this year, I'll get it next year," he said. In the spring, I got a letter from Parrish and Lindsay with $5.00 enclosed. They said they were unable to sell for more. Storage cost 10c a bushel and out of sixty-five bushels, I got $5.00. In the spring, Jim Johnson sold some of his wheat, the same kind as mine, for 44c a bushel. Jim had horses so I got him to haul my wheat to Brandon and sell it to Ogilvie's. I was then able to pay the shoemaker and the storekeeper for groceries, socks and supplies.

In 1885, I sowed sixty acres of red fife wheat and harvested a good crop. As it was too far to haul wheat to Brandon, I went to Cartwright and worked on the railroad, cooking (second cook) for 150 men, who were building the Canadian Pacific Railway, Deloraine branch. They paid me $65.00 a month so I made a little over two hundred dollars and paid for threshing and twine at 14c a pound. I lived on my homestead during winter, got logs out and trapped.

The year 1886 was very, very dry, with poor crop and little wheat. The year 1887 was wonderful, wheat yielded 35 to 40 bushels per acre.

I spent much time in evenings now, learning to read and educate myself for my life work in the West. Many times I was very lonely with only my dog to talk to.

I sold my grain in Boissevain at Ogilvies'. At the river, I cut logs to build with and wood to burn. In the year 1888, I had my ,crop in early and so avoided the frost in August. I got $1.20 per bushel for it.

I rented the farm in '88 and went to Boissevain, where I worked with Ham Gage, implement agent, and Sandy Bissett, a plasterer.

In December, I took an excursion return-trip for $45.00 to Ontario for three months and arrived just before Christmas at Aurora. I went to see the man who had taught school and to visit a girl I had been fond of, Hannah Medley. I told her all about the West; that it was a lonely place but a great country with a great future. We planned to be married the next Christmas.

I returned to Manitoba, February, 1889, and went to Deloraine

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