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In 1893, he married Caroline Elizabeth Jones, and moved to 8-3-19, where they lived for a number of years. In 1894 their first baby was to be born. It was in the spring of the year, and the water in the creek so high that Mrs. Ludgate sat at the window watching her husband go, and wondered if he would make it across to get help. He did, and brought her mother, Mrs. John L. Jones, to be with her. Instead of one baby, there turned out to be twins, neces­ sitating an extra layette. The following year another baby arrived; however this didn't deter Mrs. Ludgate from visiting her mother, about three miles distant. Rolling the babies in blankets she drove a quite spirited horse with two babies in the bottom of the buggy, the other one on her knee. When making the return journey, the horse had to be held by the head till Mrs. Ludgate had herself and the babies all settled, then he was let go and took off like a comet for the first mile before settling down.

Many were the house parties the Ludgates went to, babies and all, as Mr. Ludgate played the violin, and of course was in demand. The faster he played, the harder he kept time with his foot.

Following the birth of their sixth child, Mr. and Mrs. Ludgate moved back to 16-3-19. Their other five children were born here.

Like many of the other pioneers, they saw the hardships of those times. Oxen of course were the first means of farming, along with the walking plow, and grain had to be hauled to Brandon.

Mr. and Mrs. Ludgate continued farming on section 16 until Mr. Ludgate's demise in 1934. A few years later Mrs. Ludgate moved into Boissevain, where she still resides.