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During the same summer, Morton's Store was moved from Wassewa to Boissevain because of the new rail facilities. Previously, W. H. Latimer had freighted supplies from Emerson to Wassewa, a two hundred and sixty mile round trip, following the old Com­ mission Trail.

The first post office was located in the rear of McLaren's General Store, with A. McKnight as postmaster, but was later moved to the Masonic hall. The first building standing on the town­ site was a 12 x 12 log house, the original homestead residence of Tim Johnson. It occupied the site upon which Parker Patterson's house now stands. The first lumber to reach the town was sawn at Morton's mill at Lake Max and hauled in by J. J. Musgrove and Jas. Morton. W. J. McKinney also hauled lumber about that time.

The first blacksmith shop was located across Main St., north of the Recorder office, and was run by Sam Butler and Frith. This was closely followed by another operated by R. A. Musgrove and located where. today's Royal Bank stands.

Early drug stores were operated by Mr. Cowan and J. A.

Wright. Mr. Wright also built "Wright's Hall," which served until 1910 when a town hall was erected. Wright's Hall was the gathering place for stormy political meetings, travelling hypnotists, minstrel shows, local dramatics, dances and, on several occasions, Pauline Johnson gave recitals in the hall.

An early furniture store was operated by W. Lambert, J.

Sheppard was the cobbler. and A. Bucham handled the tailoring business for many years. The first butcher shop was run by W. Woodward, followed shortly by W. Hanley, a freighter in the Riel Rebellion.

Jack Elliot, who became one of Manitoba's best known auctioneers, built the first livery barn with accommodation for 100 horses. The building today houses Love's Implement business. He also built the house now occupied by F. J. Gunnlaugson.

The first harness shop, so vital in early days, was opened by W. C. Cottingham, later taken over by J. T. Cooper. The first baker was J. Spiers and the first jeweller was J. F. Gromalte. Early general stores included McKnights, McLarens, J. D. Baine's and McEwens. The first restaurant was run by Fred Tripp and the first barber shop by Fred Ritchie.

The first lumber yard was opened by W. U. Wade and located where the Legion Hall now stands. Other very early lumber yards were run by E. Nichol and C. W. Plummer. Preston and McKay ran the first grist mill and Arthur Aitkens served the district for many long years with his machine sho o. Donald Sutherland ran a notion shop and S. Fuller was listed as the town's first painter,

Looking west on Main St. - Photo courtesy Haryey McKinney

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