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My first co-operative endeavor was the Hammond-Chapman Syndicate. We bought a threshing machine, Sawyer Massey engine, portable and 36 inch separator for $36.00. As this agreement was satisfactory we threshed this way for seventeen years. In Septem­ ber, 1906, the Grain Growers Grain Company came into being. I was keenly interested and worked to help organize.

In summer of 1910 I built my barn. Pioneer days now were becoming a memory. I was buying good horses, and cattle and things were going along very well.

Our family of seven were all home now. Mother had been a splendid partner for me, loved the West as I did, worked hard to raise our family and was deserving of an easier life. We lived on the farm until 1924 when we moved to Ninga, as the family now were

getting married and on their own. .

Mother died in Ninga in 1935.

Now in my gIst year, I sit with memories of the past and look and talk with pride of the progress of the West.

JAMES J. MUSGROVE, 1855-1931

James J. Musgrove was born at Pickering, Ontario, the second son of James and Elizabeth Musgrove. He attended the Turnberry and Gorrie schools. In October 1881 he came to this district by oxcart and the next year located on section 35-2-20. In May 1883 he acquired a part of section 5-3-19 which he farmed successfully up to the time of his retirement to Boissevain. Jim was also a carpenter of no mean ability; he has been heard to tell of his graduation from the roof of old Manitoba College.

The virgin West offered great scope for his enthusiasm and organizing ability. Mr. Musgrove was the chairman of the first entertainment in this district, which was held on section 22-2-20 in 1882. He was gatekeeper at the first day of sports, which took place at Wood Lake. He was catcher for the first baseball team organized here in 1884. Jim organized the first Sunday School, in a building on section 4-3-19, and acted as Bible class teacher. He was also the first lay preacher in Turtle Mountain. He erected the first building in town and marketed the first load of wheat in Boissevain. He was the first president of the Patrons of Industry, and a member of the board of directors of the Farmers Elevator Co. James was editor of the first paper (a manuscript) published in Boissevain.

J. J. was never happier than when he was actively engaged in furthering the interests of his town and district. He was an hon­ orary director of the Agricultural Society; a life member of the Heather Curling Club and a member of the Board of Trade. For 61 years Mr. Musgrove was a teacher in the Sunday School and for 47 years a lay preacher of the Methodist Church.

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