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Government, they would pay the freight to and from the west on any large outfit, they would go there to help thresh the heavy crop. All our plans were made and the date of the trip was set. On the eve of our departure, fifteen inches of snow fell. This ended our ideas of a western trip.

In the spring of 1901, I married Margaret Williamson, who was also a pioneer. She came to Boissevain from North Dakota in 1887. Margaret attended school in Boissevain. Her teachers were Miss Holden, Miss Calder and Mr. Chambers.

In 1902 I bought the Frost and Wood implement business from Cassidy and Watson in Boissevain. A few years later I sold the business to Alex Campbell.

In 1906 I purchased the skating rink which stood just north of the home of Norman and Gardner Taylor.

When we lived in Quebec, we made a great deal of maple syrup. This prompted me to try my luck in Manitoba. I made five gallons the first and second years. Last year I tapped one hundred and seventy-five maples, and made sixty quarts of lovely syrup. It took about forty quarts of sap to make one gallon of syrup.

William Taylor - Margaret


John Andrew Harrison was born in the County of Russell, east of Ottawa, the son of John Harrison, Sr.

John Sr. came west to the Red River Valley in 1878, where he homesteaded. The family came the next year through the U.S. to Emerson.

John Andrew, was then sixteen years old. He got a job with the Canadian Pacific Railway about 1880. He was with the C.P.R. when they built the bridge at Brandon. They drove the piles in the winter of 1882 through the ice. He and Jim, his brother, stayed with the C.P.R. through to the Rockies. While with the C.P.R. survey in 1883 he encountered a fellow on Moose Jaw Creek cooking gophers for dinner. It was De Manbey, who later was a barrister in Boissevain.

In 1884, John returned to Winnipeg and enlisted with the 90th Rifles to help put down the famous North West Rebellion. They left by train for Swift Current, thence overland to Prince Albert. Their salary was fifty cents per day.

The first skirmish, which John took part in was at Fish Creek.

Not many shots were fired and the enemy retired to Batoche. The regiment followed them. Here John was wounded on night patrol guarding incoming freight. The wagons were formed in a ring

. with horses and men inside. He got a ricochet bullet off a wagon wheel. The bullet was extracted and he continued on duty. The breeds surrendered at Batoche, but leaders like Poundmaker and Riel, and Big Bear escaped.