Doc’s Town hosts cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion for McLatchie farm house

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - NEWS - By Matthew Lieben­berg mlieben­[email protected]­

A cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion was held for a his­toric build­ing at the Doc’s Town Her­itage Vil­lage in Swift Cur­rent, Aug. 4.

The pro­gram for the event pro­vided in­for­ma­tion about the his­tory of the McLatchie house and its for­mer own­ers, and also ac­knowl­edged the fam­ily who do­nated the struc­ture to Doc’s Town.

Beryl Robin­son, the pro­gram and pub­lic­ity co­or­di­na­tor for Doc’s Town, em­ceed the cel­e­bra­tion.

“Doc’s Town has been proud to have this house as part of our col­lec­tion since 1986,” she said. “As you can see, it is stand­ing up well.”

The McLatchie house was built in 1919 on the farm of An­drew McLatchie in the Tuberose area, which is north of Kyle. He pur­chased the house from the 1918 Aladdin cat­a­logue, which had over 50 floor plans to se­lect from.

The house pack­age with red cedar sid­ing was trans­ported by rail to Kyle, and it was then hauled to the farm.

An­drew and his sis­ter Mary, a reg­is­tered nurse, lived in this large, com­fort­able home. She be­came a mid­wife in the dis­trict, and an up­stairs bed­room in the house be­came known as the “born­ing room” where she de­liv­ered about 100 ba­bies dur­ing four decades.

An­drew was a suc­cess­ful farmer and he ac­quired about 6,000 acres of land over the years. He died in 1964 at the age of 74. Mary con­tin­ued to live in the house un­til shortly be­fore her death in 1974 at the age of 97.

The land where the house stood was later pur­chased by the Gor­don Nel­son fam­ily of Kyle, who do­nated the build­ing to Doc’s Town in 1986. The cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion was at­tended by Gor­don’s son Greg, who also par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram.

“We al­ways wanted to pre­serve the house and it’s his­tory,” he said.

“We felt a con­nec­tion with Miss McLatchie, be­cause she han­dled both our par­ents’ birth and our fam­i­lies have al­ways been in touch.”

When his fa­ther heard that Doc’s Town was look­ing for a her­itage home, he saw it as an op­por­tu­nity to save the house and pre­serve the McLatchie his­tory.

The for­mal pro­gram con­cluded with a cake cut­ting by Greg Nel­son and Jean Allen, the wife of Doc’s Town founder Bur­ton Allen.

Af­ter­wards those in at­ten­dance en­joyed cake with tea or coffee.

At­ten­dees at the cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion in­cluded res­i­dents from the Kyle and Tuberose area, some who knew the McLatchie’s and now own land that be­longed to An­drew. A few in­di­cated their fam­ily mem­bers were de­liv­ered by Mary.

The only orig­i­nal fur­nish­ings in the McLatchie house are the large side­board in the din­ing room and the up­stairs bath­tub.

The other fur­ni­ture and ar­ti­facts in the home were do­nated to Doc’s Town by dif­fer­ent in­di­vid­u­als.

Photo courtesy of Doc’s Town

ABOVE PHOTO: An old photo of the McLatchie farm­stead with the house lo­cated in the cen­tre at the back.

Pho­tos by Matthew Lieben­berg

Beryl Robin­son of Doc's Town speaks dur­ing the cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion. Seated be­hind her are Shel­ley Ferguson and Phil Hall, who par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram to tell the story of sib­lings An­drew and Mary McLatchie.

Jean Allen and Greg Nel­son cut the cake for the McLatchie house cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion, Aug. 4.

At­ten­dees en­joy cake and re­fresh­ments at the McLatchie house cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion, Aug. 4.

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