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Neither Mr. Connor nor his wife ever regretted taking the advice.
Mr. Connor acquired property and had become a prominent man in Portage la Prairie district when death called him in 1889.
With the wonderful courage and grit characteristic of the women of pioneer days, Mrs. Connor managed the property until members of the family were old enough to relieve her of the task.
Accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Kitson (Mrs. Kitson was a sister of Mrs. Connor), Me and Mrs. Connor came west via Detroit and St. Cloud. At the latter point the party? took "the stage". This was a glorified wagon in which the mails were carried, and was big enough to carry about a dozen passengers.
At a place in Minnesota, not far from the Canadian boundary, the party made the acquaintance of one of the most notable men in the early history of the Red River country, Dr. Schultz, the great thorn in the flesh of Louis Riel. He was very kind to the strangers and gave them words of welcome and advice that greatly cheered and heartened them.
Though tiresome, the trek to Fort Garry had its little pleasant excitements. Very often wagons would pass. Mrs. Connor reckoned that she must have seen about 800, and sometimes there were trains of wagons of great length.
Fort Garry looked strange to Mrs, Connor when she first saw it, but its grim walls made a welcome picture and created a feeling of security at a critical period in the history of the country.
Mr. and Mrs. Connor made their first home at Headingly, where they remained for a couple of years. The second year was marked by a grasshopper plague of such severity that settlers lost everything in the form of grain and vegetables.
"The 'hoppers came all at once, when everything was nice and prosperous, filled the air like a blizzard, and when they left, the whole co un tryside was a scene of ruin and desolation," said Mrs. Connor.
The Connors, perhaps, fared better than anybody else in the district. They had planted potatoes so deep that they were chaffed by neighbors more familiar with the productivity of the soil, but it was the depth at which they had been planted that saved them from the ravages of the all-devouring grasshoppers. The Connors' potato crop was about the only crop garnered in the district.
From Headingly Mr. Connor came to the Portage district and settled on the shores of Crescent Lake. By that time Riel had started