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to work with Ham Gage selling implements. It was a dry summer and grasshoppers were bad. Wheat went about 10 bushels per acre, oats 20 to 25.

I went on the homestead at the end of October. I fixed up the house and got some furniture. Levi Brownsberger stayed at the homestead, cut wood, and cared for livestock while I went to Ontario to get my bride. Hannah Medley and I were married in Aurora, January 20th, 1890. We left about February 1st, for our home in the West.

Levi had the homestead so clean. The friendly neighbors came to see us and brought us gifts.

In the springtime we had a few hens, a cow and a calf, three horses and a dog. We got the crop in, and planted more trees. I had already planted trees along the road allowance.

The crops in that spring and summer looked so good until a hail storm on August 1st wiped everything out.

As the work was done early that fall, and the weather was beautiful, I drew out fourteen good loads of wood from Turtle Mountain, some of which I sold at $5.00 a load.

Harmons came out from Ontario that year and we went down to their home for New Year's dinner. The day was so warm we played baseball.

In the year 1891, after a nice winter, the spring was dry. I had a good crop in, one hundred acres of wheat, oats and barley. May 20th a lovely rain came and crops grew.

George Smith went to Brandon and bought a threshing machine to thresh for the neighbors. On October 19th, we went threshing at Dan Holmes. The morning was lovely but it started to snow by noon, an 18 inch fall. Weather was cold and windy, and snow piled up around the grain stacks. However, we threshed when we could and I got some out just before Christmas. I couldn't get a chicken or turkey, but bought a couple of fish and some oranges.

Grandmother Medley wanted to come out West to us as she was all alone now. I could get lumber fairly cheap from Sam Smith near the bush. We had a bee and built our house-18 x 24 with an upstairs. So we now had a home, and life went on as usual. We had good, fair, and poor crops throughout the years to come. We were

raising our family and were busy and happy. .

Harmony School was built about 1895 and I was secretary­ treasurer for ten years.

In 1899, I built a frame barn. In 1903 we all had diphtheria and our Eva, five years old, died.

Everything in stores was very expensive and of poor grade.

When an Eaton's catalogue came into the house we made out an order for $72.00 and saved enough on one dozen egg cups to pay the freight.