Recently, the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum and Archives was the surprise recipient of a bequest of $5,000 from the Estate of Opal Margot. The Board of Trustees is so very grateful she thought that highly of the Museum to want to support it in this way. It will take some serious discussions to decide the use for which this gift will best be utilized.
Opal Margot arrived in Cut Knife in 1942 to begin work at the Hospital, fresh from training in Regina. She spent a few years at the Salt Spring Island Hospital during the War but returned to Cut Knife in 1946 to marry Lou Margot. They spent their married life operating a succession of stores, from a general store to a self-serve store of dry goods and groceries, and later a variety store. After Lou died, Opal worked as a Visiting Homemaker with the Hiway 40 Homemaker Service. She passed away on April 11, 2021 at 101 years.
In spite of all the ups and downs I have always found the people of Cut Knife the greatest and if home is where the heart is – then Cut Knife is surely home to me and I am proud to be a part of the community that my husband and his brothers and sisters and parents have played such a vital role in developing.Opal Margot, Where the Cut Knife Waters Flow, vol. 1, 1980
Over the years, many, many individuals and families have also decided that the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum is worth supporting financially. It’s worth the price of their admission, the purchase of a raffle ticket or a coffee and slice of pie, or the donation of their hard-earned dollars. We are very thankful that so many with a connection to the Cut Knife area recognize the value of having a Museum and Archives in their community and want to keep one here.
~ Debbie M.