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it may become a Hourishing place. Already there is a good school, 3 elevators, a warehouse, 2 general stores, a I umber yard, 2 blacksmith shops, telegraph, telephone and express offices, etc.
A hotel is much needed. When we got to Macdonald we looked for one in vain and then rapped at the door of Mr. E. Brown, who is one of the town land-owners. Mrs. Brown very kindly lodged us for the night, and Mr. Todd, the teacher who boards there shared with us the hospitalities of his comfortable bedroom and in the morning we spent an hour with him and his pupils. We were delighted with his method of imparting instruction, and the proficiency of his scholars amply reward him for his extra labor.
Mr. R. E. Broadfoot has a general store; he has been there for the past two years.
Mr. H. A. Manwaring has a general store also. Mr. E. G. Fisher manages it and although the stock is not extensive, it is well chosen.
Mr. Geo. Porterfield works a farm of 1280 acres, 4 miles north of Macdonald. In returning from the school which is a short distance out of town, we rode behind one of his matched teams; beautiful bays about IS hands high and well matched in speed. They dash over a mile in 3Y2 to 4 minutes. We asked his price and he replied, "$200.00 each."
Mr. James Dunfield lives on a farm about 6 miles southwest of Macdonald. There he owns 320 acres and elsewhere he has 240 acres. The 320 are broken and regu lady cropped. In getting there, in 1874, from Ontario, he had to take his wagon apart no less than 33 times while crossing different obstructions in the old Dawson route! He has a frame house 20 x 28 ft. with kitchen 14 x 18 ft. having a splendid stone cellar. His stables are extensive, one of them being 28 x 36 ft. and one of his granaries is 18 x 32 ft. and two stories high. His highest wheat average was 47Y2 and his lowest 22 bushels.
A grain buyer told us he was giving 52 cents for No. 2 hard wheat and from 18 to 20 cents for both oats and barley. There are, he told us, over 4 hundred thousand bushels of grain shipped from Macdonald yearly.
Mr. E. Brown is postmaster at Macdonald station, but the name of the Post Office is Drumconner. One name or the other should be blotted out, annihilated. There is a grand opening for a doctor, a drugstore, a livery, feed and sale stable and a hotel or boarding house." (end of Quote)