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Division 1 - South East
RM of Brock No. 64
Transcript of audio excerpt (edited by Interviewer): "It was taken twelve or fourteen miles south of Carlyle on the farm of Arthur Coleman. And five adults Indians, and one child. The child is holding a rifle. Arthur’s son Reeve, born 1910 and interviewed in 1991 and 1999 said that the Margetts were always on good terms with the Indians. His father could converse with them, as he could speak some of their language to a limited extent. Reeve recalls hearing about this picture. The Indians did not want to have their pictures taken, but consented when the Margetts’s and Mrs. Coleman agreed to be in the picture. Reeve thinks Mr. Coleman took the picture. He did not know the purpose of the visit, or their destination. He remembers that at times they would come dig Seneca root, and at other times to dig out coyote pups to collect the bounty. They also hunted in the area. Want another story? [E- Oh yeah]. Indians often stopped, and Mrs. Margetts gave them bread for their papoose’s. Reeve remembers an Indian came to the barn where he and his father were milking cows. Reeve’s father told the Indian to go to the house and wait for them, as they would soon be finished with the milk. The Indian did not want to go, he said the white woman would be afraid of him. Mr. Margetts assured him his wife was not afraid of Indians. Reeve’s two older brothers had just come in from working in the field, and were about to have supper. Mrs. Margetts had made a cake for it. When the Indian came in, she passed the cake to him, expecting him to take a piece. Instead he took the whole cake, and asked for a bag to put it in, so that he could take it back to his family. Mrs. Margetts gave him the bag and cake, and it became a Margetts family joke the night they lost their cake."