had the capacity to accommodate three or even four large pieces!

Thinking back to those days, I wonder who did the washing of all those dishes. Stuffed to the eye- balls, most of the crowd would choose to walk the half mile down the road to the church where the after- dinner concert was held. I have often wondered why the harvest moon looks so much larger in Manitoba than it does in British Columbia, or is it my imagina- tion that is playing tricks on me- again? It was a welcome relief to get out in the clear crisp air and stroll along to case our suffering stomachs, but not one of us would dream of missing a repeat perfor~ mance the following year.

(Source: Eileen M. Scott: “Porridge and Old Clothes” manuscript, p. ill-«7D

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Sundays with Arch and Mayne at Summerland were days for regular church service followed by a picnic with family and friends. Morning church was attended faithfully. Old Dan took them there in the family buggy, which had to be left in the shade of trees of the building because stored in the back were food and ice cream.

After church it was down to the lakeside with two or three neighbor families, all of us short of cash at any time. Arch and Mayne kept a cow and chickens, so they contributed chicken and ice cream. Others filled in the rest of the feast.

There was a whole long lovely afternoon when the children splashed in the water and generally ev~ eryone enjoyed themselves. The girls learned to swim dressed in an old dress and panties —- as did everyone else in those days. The boys dug out an old pair of shorts and splashed, too.

This became the regular weekly outing for the duration of the long summer. Still the memory rankles of always being first to leave for home be— cause the cow had to be milked!

—-— Archie and Mary Elma “Mayne” (Cochrane) Rutherford

(Source: Jessie Irene (Rutherford) MacLean, 1907 - )

Favorite Elm Grove Activities:

All her life Sarah {Kennedy} Rutherford was a wonderful dancer. During long winter evenings, it was a common practice for Sandy and Sarah and their three daughters to be dancing the night away, with or without the company of their neighbors. In the days before cars and long drives to a dance, Grace and Hilda would travel by train up the line from Bradwar— dine to Lenore for a big dance and by train all the way

home again. Clara was the seamtress who kept her sisters and herself in beautiful clothes.

In summer, Sandy Rutherford, who firmly be- lieved that life should be fun as well as work, used to drive his daughters along with their friends, the Lambs, up to Salt Lake near Lenore. The building still stands that they all used to use as a beach cottage by the week, for a holiday escape from the heat and dust.

Other more exhausting expeditions were those long trips with team and waggon in the fall to Riding Mountain to hunt moose, before the day of Grey Owl and its conversion to a National Wildlife Park. No two-hour drive as it is today, the trip meant daylight— to-dark travel on mud roads, camping out, really roughing it. But the hunting was great after a long summer of work, and the steaks tasty.

A less productive jaunt was the annual summer trek up to the Shoal Lake area which was famous for its raspberries. Sandy and Emerson, who were par- tial to raspberry jam, would willingly pick for hours. The problem was they would pour their precious pickings into large cracks and bounce them along on the road home. Instant jam!

We may well ask how the women handled the situation when the men reached Elm Grove Farm. Perhaps they just took off to Brandon for shopping . when they heard the men returning.

«~— Edward and Marjorie (Poersch) Wolfe


During 1909 Agnes and Andrew took a trip back to Scotland in the company of Mr. and Mrs. Faulkner of Brandon. On such a special occasion, Agabella made a lovely new bonnet for her mother before the old couple set out on their journey.

Ships in those days did not have the plumbing we know today. Each stateroom was provided with a washstand, on which was placed a washbowl set into a hole cut in the top. After one had washed, the procedure was to pour the wash water down through the hole into a bucket which was enclosed in the cupboard below. Not realizing these hazards, Agnes placed her brand new bonnet in the washstand cup- board and promptly had it ruined.

She was indeed mortified to face Selkirk society without daughter Agabella’s special creation, and had to settle for a plainer bonnet from an Edinburgh millinery shop.

——~ Agnes (Johnstone) Rutherford, 1833-1923 (Source: Eileen M. Scott: “Porridge and Old Clothes" manuscript, p. 20)

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Edna (McIntyre) Mitchell, before she and Bert were married, used to work as a seamstress and