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his enthusiastic support and his was an early suggestion that the site be in the Turtle Mountain area. Ironically the October 15, 1931 issue of the Boissevain Recorder which printed the obituary of J. J. Musgrove also announced that the International Peace Garden Association had voted in favor of the Turtle Mountain site.


Born in 1864 at Plitworth, Nottingham, England, Samuel Greaves joined the Grenadier Guards in 1881 when seventeen years of age, serving with the regiment until he was twenty-two years old. In 1887 he came to Canada and in 1888 commenced farming operations on section 28-2-20, in what is now known as the Desford district. He built a log house of one storey and other buildings and also cleared land, breaking it up with the walking plough. In 1889 he married Miss Isabelle Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson, who came from England a year earlier. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Woods in what is now the upstairs of Johnson's Hardware.

Same Greaves also experienced the hard times that other pioneers endured. During one storm he and his family lived on bread and potatoes for a week as it was impossible to brave the storm to get needed supplies.

In the early days wood for the town of Boissevain was hauled from the Turtle Mountain. Sam, being an expert axeman, would cut and split his load of cordwood (a load being a cord and a half to two cords) on his own farm in the morning and haul it to town in the afternoon. Many a load of wood Sam has hauled to the Ryan House and to the mill.

Sam was an immigrant officer and brought many immigrants from the United States to settle in the district. Among those whom he brought over were Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Whitfield, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kelly and a Mr. Hall.

During his early years of residence Sam was a member of the local cricket team and was one of the outstanding cricket players in Southwestern Manitoba. He also had few equals as a bowler.

Sam did much for education and for the church in the Desford district. He was one of the first ratepayers of Desford School and also one of the first members of the School Board, serving as a trustee for over thirty years. He was active in organizing the district for the building of St. John's Church and served as a warden on the Church Board. He was also a member of the Masonic Order, being one of the first members of Doric Lodge and at one time was District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba.

Mr. and Mrs. Greaves had a family of five sons and two daughters.