This page is a text version of the History of Portage la Praire and Surrounding District. You can get a PDF copy of the book on our full version page. The PDF copy is an exact page by page representation of the original book. This text version has been reformated for the web and contains text recognition mistakes. These mistakes do not appear in the full version. The full version also includes each image in the original book.

Page Index of A History of Portage la Praire

Previous - Page 101 or Next - Page 103

\.YON'S Gl\Rl\O£ ~"'I\TMIL i..'. P<l"-IIlI!, -

O. S. Lyon's Garage.

has had it rented. Doing business there at the present time (1968) are Kenneth Belbin, Delbert Maxwell and J. A. Keddy Ltd.)


When cars first made their appearance on the streets of Portage la Prairie they were considered "things of the devil" by many,

Horses shied and ran away, tethered ones reared up (as high as possible) and their whinneying, snorting and galloping caused quite an uproar when mingled with the racket of the pioneer models. Mystified people gathered in crowds whenever they saw an approach­ ing car, and only the most daring of women would ride in one!

Small tires seemed to constantly deflate and early drivers were forever pumping air back into them. (Hand pumps were used as there were no garages equipped with air hose in those days!)

Shortly after Mr. Brawn in traduced the "horseless carriage" to Portage la Prairie, W. J. Cooper, a Portage lawyer, bought a 1902 Cadillac with a one cylinder engine.

Then in 1904, D. S. Lyon purchased a two-cylinder opposed motor General, which brought the car count up to four in the city.

Came 1906 and others bought cars. T. W. Prout, an implement dealer, bought an Overland. A. C. Williams, a lawyer, purchased a McLaughlin-Buick. Joe Snider added another make to the list of others, with purchase of a one-cylinder Reo. Dr. A. E, Walkey bought a friction-drive Metz.