friendships through these 50 years and would include three generations of a family.

According to my talents, I tried to do my best for those I worked for and no doubt filled a place in the community, at a time when ready-made clothing was not so plentiful or varied in sizes.

Living among families in this way, I shared their joys and sorrows, attended christenings, weddings and funerals and have memories stored away to think of and cherish in these declining years of my own life.


John lsdale Smith emigrated from Perthshire, Scotland, and home— steaded SW M; 18—17-22. In 1884 Janet Mcl nnes came from Scotland and they were married at Minnedosa. Walter was born the next year and was one of the first pupils to attend Wolfe Creek School. Others in the family were Catherine, Margaret, Helen, James and John.

About 1904 they built a new home on 12-17—23 where Mike Pryzner now lives. Jim took over the homestead. He married Mary Wheatly, matron of the Shoal Lake Hospital. They had two children, Walter, who died in 1964, and Ruth, who married Delmar Cramer of Strathclair and now lives in Shoal Lake. Jim died in 1957. His wife lives in the nursing home at Sandy Lake.

Jack married Olive Morey of Shoal Lake and farmed W1/2 7-17-22 di- rectly east of the home farm, but they lived on 12-17-23 until they retired to Shoal Lake. Jack and Olly had two daughters, Carley and Wanda. Jack died in 1955 and Olive now makes her home in Regina.

In 1909 Mr. Smith bought a new Hart Parr gasoline tractor and Walter went to Portage la Prairie and took a course in the operation of the new engine. They also purchased a seven-furrow plough for $440, a Waterloo separator at $400 and 3 Waterloo wind stacker at $250 to go with the new tractor. This was one of the first big threshing oufits in the district. The tractor was still in use until just before Walter retired in 1952.

Walter, Kate, Nellie and Maggie remained on the farm after their par- ents' death. Walter had purchased the Joe Dier farm about 1907 when Mrs. Dier moved to Montreal. This farm, NW M1 6-17-22, was known as Maple Ranch. Walter was director of the Shoal Lake Agricultural Society and used to show Clydesdale horses. Catherine (Kate) died in 1940. The three remain- ing Smiths retired to Shoal Lake in 1952. Walter passed away shortly after re- tirement and Nellie and Maggie moved to Brandon to a nursing home where Nellie died in1963 and Maggie in 1969.


On October 30, 1934, Verner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Snowden of Foxwarren, married Velma, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Pirie. For about 12 years from 1932 on he operated a garage and was dealer for the John Deere farm agency and Chrysler automotobiles. Prior to purchasing the Hogarth farm in the early '40's, he owned road building equipment.