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Division 6 - North West
RM of Kindersley No. 290
Adrian Paton discusses different types of history books and the woman who gave him this series of pictures. Transcript of audio excerpt (edited by Interviewer): "The ‘30s… when we wrote the history book, there was a lady that sent a bunch of material home with me for a day during the week, and she said I kept track of the Russian Thistle and they were forty feet high. Everybody said this Russian Thistle had rolled into the fence lines, and the dust blew and stuff. It’s strange. There’s some history books come from areas, and they’re chalked with all kinds of information, and they look like they’re educated, but it’s just a bunch of garbage. You can’t get anything from it. I had one [history book] from a little place down here, and they were a good percentage of them were Scandinavian, Norwegians and Swedes, who came to Minnesota, and then came up to Canada to get free land. And they were all disillusioned with it. They were all disgusted, and most of them went back to the States. They crewed up on their homesteads. They were supposed to stay three years, but they sold it and went back. And they all wrote about… the only family history was about a death or an accident or a disaster. And then other ones will be real upbeat they just all talk about wonderful things. Now Mrs. Eleanor Smith was the chairman of the Museum Society in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. And I met her through the Archaeological Society, she was active in it. And so I went… I was actually looking for pictures of oxen, but she let me take any of the pictures from the museum, and have them copied, and I wasn’t supposed to have them away for very long, so I took them to a guy I think in Regina, and he promised me to do a wonderful job in a day or two. And he didn’t do a wonderful job."