Once Hundred Sixty Acres and a Dream
As the Story was Told
Kind, friendly, lovable Mr. Bish came from Minnesota with his two daughters, Mae (Mrs. Ray Othodt), and Florence (Mrs. Ralph Hull) to become Canadian land owners in that oft-recalled year of 1909. His farm was the south-west of 28-11-7-4. Although his land did not make him wealthy, he did carpenter work when his services were in demand and he operated Mr. Reynalds' hardware store until he could purchase it. He was clerk there for quite a time, living in the back of the store. He was a popular character with young and old. Children enjoyed going into his shop to visit and for the candy he kept for them. He was handsome with his shock of snow white hair, his snowy mustache and goatee beard. There was genuine sorrow when he died in 1929.
Mrs. Bish had died in 1901, while the family lived in Minnesota. Mae returned to Little Falls, Minnesota to raise her family. Florence married Ralph Hull and lived north of town for a number of years. They moved to Bow Island, where Ralph operated a garage and a filling station.
The late William Bish, of Seven Persons, died In Medicine Hat General Hospital, on Sunday, December 19th, at 2 p.m., from heart failure, and was buried in Hillside cemetery, Medicine Hat, on Thursday, December 23rd. Being in rather poor health for some time, he was confined to the hospital for two months prior to his death.
Mr. Bish was looked on as one of the old-timers of the Seven Persons district, where he took up a homestead in the year 1909, coming from Bobells, N.D. Later on he purchased a hard-ware business in Seven Persons and conducted same until his death. He possessed a host of friends'. the same being won by his honesty in business and his kind and obliging manner to all. The funeral was held from Johnson's undertaking parlors, where Rev. J. A. Claiton conducted the service.
The late Mr. Bish was a widower, his wife having pre-deceased him in 1901. There are left to mourn his loss two daughters, Mrs. Hull of Bow Island, and Mrs. Outhdt, of Randall, Minn.; one son, E. S. Bish, of Minneapolis; two sisters, Mrs. W. J. EIliott, of Vermillion, and Mrs. F. L. Foster, of Bay, River, Min.. three halt brothers, Ray . R Spooner, of Seven Persons; L. A, Spooner, of Ing wadona, Minn., and George C. Spooner, of Columbus, N.D. The floral: offerings were as follows:
Wreath Roy R. Spooner, Seven Persons.
Wreath and spray Mr.and Mrs. W. J. Elliott Vermillion
Sprays Mr., and Mrs. Hull Bow Island and Miss Thirlwell,
The pall bearers were:
Messrs. Sam Carlson and John, Meyers Junior of Seven: Persons, and W.G. Hall and C. Torgerson, of Medicine Hat.
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