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Rogers; a blacksmith shop, with Neil Johnson as village smithy, who used to walk seven miles to and from his homestead, night and morning to his work; a stopping house, operated by the Haights, where everyone was assured of real hospitality; and a horse ex­ change, feed and stable; the horses for this business were bought in the Eastern States, shipped to Emerson, Manitoba, and driven across country by the Haight family, sold and traded to the early settlers. This venture however, came to a sad end, when the horses, 40 in number, became sick with Glanders, and had to be shot and burned along with the buildings, as there was no cure for this very contagious disease.

The Post Office however, remained at the Haight farm home until confusion arose in the mails with the town of Roland, which later sprang up on the C.P.R. line between Brandon and Winnipeg. Then it was moved two miles North to N.E. quarter 22-4-18, the homestead of Mr. and Mrs. Hyder, and was named Hyder P.O., and remained there until the siding at Ninga was made, to start a town between Killarney and Boissevain. It was again moved, to the Arnott farm, still under the name of Hyder, with Mr. Alex Arnott IUS postmaster.

Among the early settlers in the district: Haight family, Fred '.rapping, Bertrands, Blakelys, Muirheads, Tom and Ed Mustard, Horays, Frank AIds, Billy Barber, Charlie O'Niel, Bill Anderson, Geo. and Tom Cuthbertson, J. K. Wye, Hugh, James and Alex McKnight, Russell family, Tom Wilson, Ferries family, George Vipond.

The first church service was held in the Haight home, Rev. Pat Lawery, a real Irishman as minister. Later Rev. Oliver Darwin, and Rev. Stewart served the community, also a Catholic priest, Father Turcotte. Services were later held in the school house until a fine modern brick church was constructed at the S.W. corner of the S.W. quarter of 13-4-18. The property for this community structure was donated by Mr. David Lister,

In 1887, Rowland School District No. 470 was organized, situated on S.W. quarter 24-4-18, with trustees Tom Wilson, J. K. Wye, and Tom Muirhead; and Ed Muirhead as first teacher. First pupils: Bob and Stella Campbell, Mary Russell, Emily Russell, George and Jim Russell, Flossie, Edith and Will McKnight, Harry Wye, Bailey family, Lizzy and Tom Monk, the Cuthbertsons, Hilson family.

The social life was as you made it in those early days, there being many artists of no mean ability. To mention some-Wm. Blakey, Tom Muirhead, James K. Wray, Ozro Haight and Will Haight. Boissevain social life will remember them all as entertainers in those days.

Also, they had their sport-baseball tournaments, and there were any number of real bat-men. They came from far and near to play the game at the Haight field. When Alex David drove up