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Sam Carrire Jr. and I were chums. He liked to come to the farm for the fun of digging out ground hogs and the like, while I enjoyed visiting the Manse and swimming in the lake. I helped Sam run one of the first milk routes in Grand Bend, with milk from the family cow, a part Jersey which occasionally got into Mrs. Carrire's garden.

Sam and I, one on each side of a covered pail, would visit the campers in what was known as Eccleston's Park, and the camper would come out with a dipper or a quart sealer, or whatever - five cents a quart, no questions asked.

The village cows pastured on the roadway in the summer. Cow tags cost two dollars for the privilege of pasturing on the roadway.

In the wintertime, the family cow shared the stable with Mr. Carrire's horse, called Burns, a rather large sorrel driver. He was hitched to an open top buggy for transportation to and from the Presbyterian Church at Corbett, where service was held on Sunday forenoon. Back at Grand Bend a service in English was held at 2:30, followed by the French service at 4 pm.

The Church at Corbett was torn down and some of the white brick, along with brick salvaged from the Grand Bend Church, were used for the inner course of the new United Church. The brick-layer contractor was Robert Crellin, and the carpenters were Edward and Harry Beaver from Crediton.


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