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Joel C. Bond
Author Betty Diane Harrison & Ione Magee(Harrison)
JC AND MATTIE'S FAMILY MOVE TO CANADA
In 1906 Joel Cossiah Bond and Mattie Mable (Mattie Mae) Taylor Bond moved to Perdue, Saskatchewan from Kansas. They had two sons named Gerald Taylor Bond and Kenneth Floyd (Floyd) Bond who were about the ages of 9 and 4 years. Joel was the oldest brother of Iona Bond Harrison. After moving to Canada he preferred to be called JC, instead of Joel Cossiah. They lived in a sod house on a homestead the first winter, often being snowed in. Winters in Saskatchewan can be very harsh with long spells of severe cold and blizzards. It has been told that some farmers had a rope running from the house to the barn so you wouldn't get disoriented and lost in a blizzard. These people had to be tough and very committed, being content with the bare essentials. Even though JC worked in Saskatoon, Mattie and their children had to live on the homestead in order to "prove up" the land. That usually meant living on the land, working the land and putting up some type of home within a certain period of time or you would lose your claim to your homestead. They later built a framed house on the property. During the time of living in the sod house, their daughter was born:
Naomi Marguerite Bond b: Dec 19 1907
When Naomi was born, her brother Gerald cried. When they asked him why, he said it was because now they would have to cut the pie into five pieces instead of four. Gerald grew up to be quite a tease all his life and so did his sister. They played lots of jokes on each other. He cut her hair and she thought he had cut it too short on purpose. The next time she pressed his pants for an important date, she turned them inside out and pressed the creases the wrong way. Once when Naomi was about three and on the train with Gerald, who was all dressed up, she jiggled his elbow and made him spill his drink down the front of his white shirt because he had teased her. Gerald was very good looking and quite a hit with the girls. When Gerald was getting engaged to be married, Naomi tried on the engagement ring and couldn't get it off. They had to wrap thread around her finger from the tip up towards the ring which pushes the blood out of the finger. The ring came off.
Naomi's daughter, Lynda, has many memories of stories told to her by her mother. Lynda remembers her mother saying that she would sit on the steps of her home and look at the lights of Saskatoon and think of how far away it was and how nice it would be to go there. Naomi and her Dad, JC, had a great love of animals, which was not always shared by Mattie. Often times he would bring home a baby pig for Naomi and she wrapped it in a doll blanket and rocked it. At one time she and her Dad had a pet badger. The badger eventually got himself into trouble by killing the chickens and was no longer welcome as a family pet. Mattie insisted the badger had to go. Another time, JC saw geese coming onto a pond on their land at sunset. He grabbed his gun and shot some before he realized that they were their own geese whose clipped wings had grown and allowed them to fly. That didn't go over very well with Mattie either.
JC bought Naomi a horse named Billy when she was about six years old. This was going to be her transportation to go to school. If she fell off the horse on the way to school she would have to walk the horse to the nearest fence so she could climb onto the fence and then onto the horse. She was still only a very little girl. Billy the horse had a mind of his own and would often do alot of grass nibbling and would need coaxing to make his way to the school.
Another family memory told by Naomi was about their dog named Shilo. When Naomi was only about two years old the family could not find her when it was time for bed. Unknown to the family, she had curled up behind the stove with the dog and gone to sleep. The family, along with neighbours, spent quite a bit of time searching before finding her at home behind the stove.
In the winter of 1914 Mattie and her son Floyd became very ill with rheumatic fever. The doctor came every day that winter to check on them. The following winter Mattie and Naomi made a trip back to Oklahoma to help in her recuperation. Naomi was only eight years old and took on the responsibility of looking after the train tickets and other details for her mother, who was still quite ill. When visiting in Oklahoma, Naomi was sometimes homesick and missed the winter snow she was used to. When it was time to return home she wanted her father to meet the train with the cutter. He just managed it.
In about 1921, JC and Mattie had to sell their farm and move into Saskatoon. They needed the money to pay the doctor's bill from when Mattie and Floyd were so ill. Naomi had fallen behind in her education during that time because of difficulty getting to the school during winter. She was only in grade five and should have been in grade eight. After moving into Saskatoon she did four years in one year and started high school in Bedford Road Collegiat at the same age as the others. She was the senior pin in her graduating year, went to Normal School for teachers training and then started teaching. She also was very good with her hands like her Auntie Iona, sewing and other crafts.
After a few years of teaching school she made another trip back to Oklahoma with her mother in the summer. The extreme heat bothered Naomi very much but Mattie loved it. On their return trip home they had to get JC to come into Saskatoon and pick them up at the station because they had used up the last of their money on breakfast in the dining car.
Over the years trips were made by family in Canada and Oklahoma to visit. Mattie was one of the oldest in her large family so her daughter Naomi had aunts that were close to her age. Lynda remembers receiving wedding gifts from Oklahoma. She also has a quilt that Mattie was working on when she died. Lynda and her Mom finished it together before Lynda was married.
Naomi was very musical, with a beautiful singing voice, and often sung at events such as weddings. This beautiful voice appeared again in the family in later years when Floyd's grandson, John Wilby, came along. John sings with the Fireside Singers in Saskatoon.
Mattie died at the early age of fifty-nine. She had gall bladder disease and her heart wasn't strong enough to withstand surgery. Floyd died of congestive heart failure in his seventies. The only biological decendants of JC and Mattie are Lynda Day, who is their grandaughter, and the grandson of Floyd, John Wilby and his children. Gerald loved his role as a step parent to his wife's son Dick and enjoyed Dick's children and grandchildren. Lynda and her husband adopted two children and now have three grandchildren
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