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Mr. and Mrs. McKinney had eleven children, four boys and seven girls, the older ones being registered at Old Deloraine where William John also filed his homestead.

In 1904 William John built his cement brick house, the bricks being made right on the McKinney farm. Mr. R. G. Currie did the brick work and Mr. Ellis Maguire the carpenter work. In 1908 the frame barn was built with Mr. Steve King being the framer. A barn raising was held with Mr. John Peacock and Mr. John Mus­ grove as captains, the former winning. William John paid cash for having the barn built. He never kept his money in a bank but in a tin in the potato bin.

William John was an instigator in the organizing of the Orange Lodge and was one of its first members.


Robert Baskerville, grandson of John Baskerville, was born near Ottawa 1859. He was a descendant of the French Huguenots who fled to Ireland from France following the Protestant persecu­ tion, massacre and exile. The family later migrated to Canada prior to the great Irish famine, in 1846, making the six weeks voyage in a sailing vessel, and settling near Bvtown which was later called Ottawa.

Robert A. Baskerville, one of a family of ten children, grew to manhood in Ontario. He was a pioneer son of a pioneering family in that province. At the age of nineteen years, he decided to forsake the strenuous life of an axeman in the timberlands about Ottawa, where hours of work were from dawn to dusk and wages $10 per month. The meagre fare consisted of four items of food-bread, pork, beans and tea. In 1879 he made his way Westward to Montana and Idaho via Chicago, going by rail to the end of steel, and on farther by stage coach through the mountains.

Working at logging, prospecting, mining, farming and operating a sawmill, he acquired first hand information on life and conditions in this frontier land. Business conditions became so bad due to strikes of miners that the mining and lumber industries suffered to the extent that Robt. decided to go to Canada-Manitoba in par­ ticular, where other relatives had settled. In 1892-thirteen years after leaving Ontario, he arrived at Deloraine, where he harvested, then moved on to Boissevain where he filed on the S.E. 6-4-20, six miles N.W. of town, at the same time working his deceased brother John's quarter on the same section.

In 1899 Mr. Baskerville married Marjorie Harris, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. Harris. Of this marriage there were two sons and six daughters-John A., Hazel, Effie (deceased), Harold J., Margaret, Irene, Ida and Melrose.