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We Made the R.M. of Pipestone Municipal Administration
William Wilkins
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WILLIAM EDWARD WILKINS was born in 1868 at Nethercote Farm, Bourton-on-the Water, in the English Cotswolds. He was the second son of his parents, and was under six years of age when his father died. The four little boys and their mother stayed on in their big stone house until the boys were able to take care of themselves. In his teens, Will became a school teacher, and was assistant
principal of a boys' school in Bourton when he met his wife, the former Beatrice Rose Powell, who was principal of a school in nearby Clapton.

Will preferred the outdoor life, and eventually realized his dream of immigrating to Canada to farm. He came to the area in 1890, where he worked for Mr. William Lothian for the first year before taking his homestead, one and one half miles
northwest of Reston.

In 1894 his fiancée Beatrice, arrived in Canada, and they were married in Virden on June 13. They began their married life in a tiny wood frame house on the homestead.

Will was one of the founders of the Reston Baptist Church, and served as a deacon for years. He was also a soloist and member of the choir. The sons and daughters often recalled the interest their parents took in the religious side of their upbringing. Will played the organ, and. the young children had frequent sessions
of hymn-singing and Scripture reading. His devoutness went back to boyhood days when his chums had called him "TheRector."

In 1918, while harnessing a horse, it reared and fell on him and broke one of his legs. The fracture wasn't discovered at first and the result was a crooked leg. This accident precluded his full participation in farming activities, and he and Beatrice
moved into Reston in the fall of 1922. Will was already working as assistant to the secretary-treasurer of the Municipality of Pipestone, the office being located in Reston. He remained in the capacity until 1933, when he was appointed secretary-treasurer. He retained this position until 1945, when he resigned because of ill health at age seventy-six. The municipal auditor called him an able and painstaking secretary treasurer, and, at the time of his funeral in April 1949, a former councillor paid tribute to a man "who was recognized as one of the most efficient secretaries in province."

He had also served on the Reston School Board from 1903 until 1933.
Adapted from Trails Along the Pipestone, page 608

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Mrs. Davies was a sister to Mrs.William Wilkins and came to Reston with her son who worked in the bank.
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