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Thomas Patterson came from Wingham, Ontario, in 1881, to the Boissevain district, homesteading on N.E. 34-2-20. He then took a pre-emption on S.W. 1-3-20. After the homestead and pre-emption duties were completed Tom decided to trade his pre-emption with his brother John so each could have his land in one block, Tom having east 34-2-20 and John west 1-3-20.

Tom broke 25 or 30 acres on his homestead with oxen and drew his wood for fuel and logs for his buildings from the Turtle Moun­ tain with oxen also. The first grain crop was threshed with the flail I On November 20, 1889, Tom married Miss Isabelle Johnstone and of this marriage there were four sons and one daughter.

Tom was a water witcher and used a green willow bough. His services were required as far north as Brandon North, west to Waskada and east to Morden. On his own farm the well was dug in 1883. It was five feet square and stone inside for cribbing. This well is still in use and supplies water for thirty head of stock and household use. The original stone cribbing is still holding the water.


Ferdinand Couture was born in Beaumont Coutee Belle-Chasse, P. Quebec, Oct. 26th, 1866.

With Frank and Jos. Turgeon he arrived in Boissevain in the spring of 1885, each one having the total of approximately fifty cents in his pocket. They started out to walk in a northwesterly direction, arriving in the Whitewater hay marsh just about dark. There being no where else to sleep, they found and burrowed into a hay stack for the night, continuing on in the morning. During the forenoon they arrived at their destination, it being the farm where Zeph Sexton lives now. At that time Mr. D. Turgeon owned the place.

Ferdinand worked on the Turgeon farm all summer, then in the winter he and the two men who had come West with him went into the Turtle Mountains, where they built a shanty to live in, and started in to cut wood for sale. They followed this practise for several winters, coming out to work on the farms in the spring.

Ferdinand was married to Miss Emme Turgeon from St.

Michael Contee Belle-Chasse, P. Quebec, on Dec. 27th, 1894. It was a double wedding and was held at Mr. A. Demassons, the Albert Demasson place now, Mr. Demasson's daughter Lottie being mar­ ried at the same time to Mr. Harry Barnes of Boissevain.

Ferdinand worked the D. Turgeon farm for a couple of years, then bought the S.E. 16-4-21, a year or two later buying the next quarter south. After working a year or two with oxen he, like the rest, graduated to horses. Grain was· hauled to Boissevain or Deloraine, a lengthy trip in either case. In 1900 Ferdinand and