John and Mary Mitchell embodied the true spirit of the pioneers of Saskatchewan through their hard work, perseverance, and determination. John Walter Mitchell was born May 21, 1911 in Preeceville,
Saskatchewan, John and his wife, Gladys Mary Norman, devoted their lives to this farm. The homestead remained in the Mitchell family for 100 years. Gladys Mary Mitchell (nee Norman) was born December 6, 1915 in Stranraer, Sask. Mary was very experienced working with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 horse hooks doing fieldwork, seeding, and haying. Mary’s move to Preeceville from Stranraer, Saskatchewan was another historical and memorable event for the area. Mary loaded her new tractor and her
favorite team of Clydesdale cross mares in one CN boxcar and a very select, high quality herd of twelve Shorthorn cattle in another. They arrived at Buchanan, Saskatchewan and she drove her tractor and led her team the 22 miles from Buchanan to the Mitchell farm south of
Preeceville. The cattle were transported by truck.
Muriel and Bonnie, Bonnie was one of the mares that Mom brought with her on the train when she married Dad. Muriel Mitchell Saskatchewan