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with a few pieces of furniture, completed the load. He had applied for the S.E. quarter of 16-4-20, which had previously been filed upon by a Mr. Lalond, but since abandoned, so the family was fortunate in the fact that they had a shack to live in until their house could be built.

Mr. Thompson, along with his farming duties, was very fond of music, reading and chess, and many evenings in the Thompson home were spent quietly reading, playing the Irish or Scotch reels, or settling a challenge match of chess with Mr. Howell.

With a literary background, the children did well at school.

One occasion we might mention to illustrate this being Jennie Thompson (Mrs. Howell) winning first prize in a short story contest sponsored by the "Montreal Witness," a family paper.

At this time Mr. Thompson developed a T.B. condition, and never having been too strong, decided to go to a warmer climate in the hope of recovery. However in a few months' time he passed away in Los Angeles, a comparatively young man.

This left a heavy burden for Mrs. Thompson and the seventeen­ year-old son, Harry, running the farm as well as training and edu­ cating the family. The children continued their education, getting through Royal, and each in turn going through Boissevain High. Three girls attended Normal and taught school. The second son, Ralph, also taught for two years at Wapaha, leaving to study Pharmacy at Manitoba "U."

The family were all on their own now, so Harry, the eldest son, sold the farm and entered Veterinary College at Guelph. Receiving his degree, he was first located as inspector at the International .Boundary at Bannerman, later moving permanently to the town of Virden to go into private practice. Some years later, he and his now graduate son carried on this practice as well as operating a large apiary as a side line, on a piece of ground they owned outside of town. Some years they produced as much as fifty tons of honey.

His mother, Mrs. J. H. Thompson, had passed away in Virden in

1947 at the age of 88. '


John Peacock was born near the village of Bluevale, Ont., on March 9th, 1862. Born and raised on a farm, he headed west with the idea of farming in Manitoba in 189~. Arriving here, he purchased the west half of 31-2-20. The returns from the crop that year were very disappointing as the hail did a 100 percent job of destruction. That fall Mr. Peacock went back to Ontario, and in Feb., 1890, married Margaret Jane Robb, also of Bluevale, and with his bride returned west in the spring.

The residence of the farm had been on the south quarter, how­ ever Mr. Peacock decided to build on the north quarter, so he and Mrs. Peacock moved to the Bert Chambers farm for one year, while