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The year 1890 was rather a disastrous one for the district as a violent hail-storm completely destroyed the crops from the Turtle Mountains to the Souris River, causing a serious seed and feed situation. To combat this Mr. Howell and a close neighbor, Mr. Shillabeer made frequent trips to the bush cutting and hauling wood which was exchanged with more fortunate farmers for seed and feed.

In 1891 a good crop was cut and stacked, but due to the scarcity of threshing machines. it stood in the stack all winter, being threshed in the spring, with the exception of the oats, which didn't get done till the next fall.

These were the days of huge flocks of wild ducks and geese, often stretching for miles, and many a noble bird graced the dinner table while his plumage went into pillows or a feather mattress.

In a few years grain marketing problems started to appear.

Many farmers felt they weren't being fairly treated by country elevators, and electing to ship carload lots on their own, experienced great difficulty in securing cars. At times huge piles of bagged wheat satan loading platforms waiting for cars. It was felt some­ thing had to be done right away, so an organized effort was made to elect a farmer member to the Legislature, by the then-called "Patrons of Industry." Mr. Postelwaite of Brandon was chosen to run, but despite the fact that a great many meetings were held in his behalf, he was defeated.

This was actually the beginning of the United Farmers, in the organization of which Mr. Howell took an active part. He was also active in the Dairy Co-op., and Egg Pool, and was for many years manager of the Royallen Co-operative Society at Orthez.

The Royallen Literary and Debating Society, which was quite active for a number of years, was another interest of Mr. Howell.

September last, Mr. and Mrs. Howell celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary at the grand old age of 93.


Walter Millions was born in Ramsay, Ontario, February 7th, 1855, and when he was twenty-one years old enlisted with the Royal North West Mounted Police. He joined the force at Winnipeg in 1876 and was appointed carpenter in Troop E under Major J. Walsh. During the time of his service in the force he was stationed at Fort McLeod and Fort Walsh most of the time. At the time of the upris­ ing between the Salteaux and the Assiniboines he was with Major Walsh at the capture of Cowdance.

Mr. Millions returned east in 1879 but remained for a short time only as he once again started out west to take up land and make a home for himself. He was one of the pioneers of this district, arriving here in the spring of 1880 and locating on section 24-2-2l.