The Duims came from Holland to settle here. Annie Duim looked after her father for her mother must have passed away previous to their coming to Canada. They lived in a dug-out house for a few years. When Annie married Jack Dayley and went to Orion to live, the father and Henry lived together. Henry married Sandra Selin. They had two daughters.
The Duims lived on the Orion road about twelve miles from the village so their farm became a stopping place for much traffic routed along the way toward Orion or Manyberries. People came to rest and feed their horses, for meals or to spend the night. Sandra was a fine cook so her delicious meals were remembered with pleasure. As a return in service these same people shopped for her, took her cream or eggs to town and brought out her mail. Letters pinned to a fence were usually picked up by passersby and taken to the post office to be mailed.
Henry and Sandra knew hard times, for Henry was not a well man for several years before he died. Sandra milked cows, raises pigs and chickens, ducks and geese to make their living. Some years she boarded the teacher. She was a fine gardener so supplementing their food supply. She hadn't refrigeration but she preserved much of her produce by canning or by storing it in a root cellar.
When Sandra moved to Medicine Hat, some time after Henry's death, she married Clayton Fowler, who had formerly lived at Whitla. They are both now deceased.
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