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crooked in his arm either at Whitewater Lake or in a stubble field with decoys. On many occasions he got splendid bags of ducks and geese, and in the earlier years upland game as well.

Following thirty-four years of retirement Mr. Latimer died at his home in Boissevain in July 1944, in his eighty-seventh year. Mrs. Latimer died five years later.


I came to Boissevain with my parents in the year 1887, from La Chute, Quebec. We settled on Section 10-4-19, which was situated ten miles northeast of Boissevain. We were not completely isolated in the Brownlea district. Our neighbours were Tom Hammond, Charlie Russell, Abe Houck, Hiram Ruttle and the Latimer brothers.

I attended Brownlea School, which was about two miles from home. My teachers were Mrs. Walter Johnson and Miss Ross.

Reverend Mr. Leitch, our first Minister, came from Boissevain to hold church services in the school.

We did our shopping in Boissevain. Our groceries were pur­ chased at Mr. Knight's general store, and we bought our meat at Mr. Harry Hammond's butcher shop.

A trip to Gregory's Grist Mill, north of Margaret took two or three days. Father made one such trip. One only attempted this trip in fine weather.

The first threshing outfit I worked with was horsepower driven. It was owned by Latimer Brothers. Next I worked on a steam outfit owned by Charlie Brown. In the year 1891 I threshed all winter with George and Jack Smith. Jim Hammond and I later bought an outfit of our own. It consisted of a Cornell engine and a Battlecreek Advance separator. A few years later my brother Jim and I bought Jim Hammond's share. After operating this outfit a few years, we bought a Case Traction steam engine and a Water­ loo thresher. In 1908 we bought a North West outfit, one of the largest in the area. The engine was 60-110 double cross compound and the thresher was a 44-78. It was steady work for twelve stook teams and nine grain teams. Two negro spike pitchers named Albert and Slim were with the outfit for several seasons. They were reliable men, who stood six foot, three inches. My brother George ran the separator. Bob Walker was the fireman. I ran the engine myself. Two men were required to tank water, which was a scarce article in dry falls. With the outfit was a six bunk caboose, which slept twelve men. The syndicate comprised George Scott, Dave Cotten, Arthur Heal, Dave and Matt Hammond. This meant a total of forty-two hundred acres. After threshing was finished in the fall of 1911, word came to Boissevain from the Dominion