|Rosser St. and 6th Ave. Brandon, 1882. MHS Source: S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University, Lawrence Stuckey Collection C1|
"Vivian sank the entire sum into a quarter section homestead in the Brandon district, which he proceeded to sell at inflated prices. By February he was said to be worth four hundred thousand dollars. Unable to drink up all the champagne he had purchased, he filled a bathtub with it and invited his friends to watch him splash about. The affair cost him seven hundred and fifty dollars."
Berton reports that the Brandon real estate boom was so sudden that no cemetery was planned and the dead had to be shipped back to Winnipeg.