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were held in the home of Alexander Scott, and in 1883 began to be held in the upper story of S. A. Heaslip's granary. Later services were held at Riverside School until the Church was built in Minto in 1903. The Church maintained a separate existence until 1912, when a local Union Church was formed-the first of its kind in Manitoba.

Prior to the coming of the settlers from Ontario, and Great Britain, the only inhabitants of the district were trappers and hunters of whom a large number were members of the Roman Catholic Church. Long before there were any churches in the district several priests travelled through the country ministering to members of their communion. Among them was Mons. W. L. Jubinville, later Rector of St. Boniface, whose parish extended from the Red River far into Saskatchewan. In the district centering on Margaret and Dunrea, Father Turcotte ministered to the needs of members of his Church.




In the 78 years that have passed since the first settlers came to the Boissevain Area, our fighting men have taken part in four con­ flicts, namely the Boer War, the Riel Rebellion, and the First and Second W orld Wars.

We do not have a complete record of men of our district who joined the Canadian Mounted Rifles and served our country during the Boer War, but the following list will help to honor those who were ready to keep the banner of freedom flying.

Teddy Shefield, Jeffrey White, Archie Mason, Arthur Holditch, Joseph Bennet, Jack Vicars, and Jack French, and Jim Sparks, the only one of these veterans still living now residing in Boissevain.

During the Riel Rebellion of 1885, many who might have gone West to help fight at the actual scene of battle, felt called upon to remain back here to protect their own homes and property, as there was widespread uneasiness among the Indians and some were sympathetic to Riel's cause. However some men with teams were commandeered to carry much needed supplies to the Gob forces,