Arnott got interested in selling Raleigh products, which included
toiletries, food ingredients (like baking soda, drink mixes, etc) and
other assorted lotions and a few cosmetics. In those days the
wives were often stuck on the farm with no vehicle to use, so they
usually only went into town to shop once a week. They found
very convenient when a sales rep would come right to their home and
offer them things for their home and kitchen. Arontt went to
Birtle to start selling Raleigh products, as there was already a
Raleigh Rep. in the Coulter area. Dorothy went to
Birtle when she started to teach school. There were not a lot
of young people
the area, and Dorothy and Arnott started going out together, and then
they got married and settled in Birtle.
An unusual wedding presents they received was a puppy, which
was not really something they were anxious to have, but they felt
obliged to accept it graciously. So "Prince" became part of
the family, and soon they also had their first child Bill.
They lived in a small rented house with a large
garden. Arnott liked gardening, so they
planted vegetables and then tried to make preserves that they kept in
their earth basement. They had no running water, just a
in the basement and a pump in the kitchen. They used a two
burner hot plate and a wood stove for cooking. On bath day
they heated one tub of water and bathed the baby, then
Dorothy would have her turn to bath, then Arnott and finally the dog.
During the second world war, Arnott was unable to join the
due to his varicose veins. Gas was rationed so Arnott was
to do his Raleigh route. Many of the local farmers had their
purple farm gas, which they offered to him so that he could continue to
make his rounds, but he
knew this was not honest, so he turned it down. They moved to
Winnipeg so that Arnott
could look for other work. Arnott got a job as a government
inspector at Canada Packers, but it was smelly work, and he didn't
it much. When the war was over the government wanted to give
government jobs to returning service men, and so Arnott was laid off.
That suited him fine, because the gas rationing was now over
could return to selling Raleigh products, which was something he
Rather than returning to Birtle, however, they stayed in
and he sold Raleigh products in the Winnipeg area instead. He
didn't sell right in the city, however, because he found it more
lucrative to sell to the farm wives that did not have easy access to
stores. During the war they had their second child, Janice,
and following the war they had their third child Murray. When
Arnott became too sick to work, Dorothy returned to work as a teacher.
Later, after Arnott's death, she married the widower of
Arnott's cousin Calista
Bill and Janice has left home by that time, so Dorothy and
Murray moved out to the old Atkinson farm that Arnott had spent so much
time on in his youth. Dorothy continued to teach in Melita
for many years until she eventually retired. Dorothy and Jim
remained in Melita until his death, and Dorothy still lives there today.
Bill and his wife Michele started teaching in Frobisher Bay NWT (now
Nunavut), where they had their two children Carmen and Alex.
After about 5 years up there, they moved down to Calgary
where they continued to teach until they retired.
Janice and her husband Conrad lived and worked mainly in Ontario, where
they had their only child Gail. Conrad worked for Canadian
Press, and Janice did some teaching. Eventually they bought
an instant film processing franchise in Winnipeg. They
continued to run the franchise until their retirement, and they
remained in Winnipeg until they died.
Murray has lived most of his life in Winnipeg and spent most of his
career working for the local telephone company. He married
Bonnie Schultz who was killed in a car accident seven years after they
married. Later, Murray married Susan Fehr. They had
their first child Deleah in Winnipeg, but moved to Ottawa when they
were expecting their second child Duncan. Murray was on loan
to a nation consortium of telephone companies called Telecom Canada.
They stayed in Ottawa for three years and then returned to
Winnipeg. They still live in Winnipeg today, where Murray is
retired while Susan still works part time as a nurse.
Janice had once heard of a custom where people got together to
celebrate and remember someone on their one hundredth birthday, whether
they were still alive or not. She liked this idea, so when
the one hundredth anniversary of Arnott's birth was approaching she
asked anyone still living who had known him to write down anything they
could remember about him. The fruits of this efforts are