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It isn't surpnsmg that after the war, with the hardships and sadness connected with it, then influenza with its similar effects, people across the country adopted a new way of living in an en deavor to forget the past. The product of this popular way of thinking was an era which has gone down in history as:
"THE ROARING '20s."
No longer were fashionable women seen on the streets in long flowing gowns. No longer the braids and coils and buns that were once a lady's crowning glory. No longer the high-buttoned boots and home-knitted hosiery. There was a joy in the cool freedom of shorter skirts and no tears were shed as old gowns were packed in trunks in attics. As hair fell in heaps on beauty salon floors there was relief that the tedious chore of morning braiding and styling was over. High buttoned boots were discarded with pleasure, although a few saved the button-hooks for fastening them in case they might come back into stylel Knitting needles were given a rest after serving war and home needs. And thea tre, parties, dancing and sports were whole heartedly enjoyed by all who had not suffered deep scars of bereave ment.
It wasn't only the ladies who enjoyed an uplift of spirits in new styles. Off went bushy beards from men's faces and out went the moustache cups belonging to fellows who had refused to follow the trend earlier. Colorful striped blazers were seen everywhere and Steve Garland was doing a good business selling, among other things, smart tweed and leather coats, Ulster style, with or without belts. Prices for these garments ranged from $18.00 to $27.50.
A hemp factory, manufacturing binder twine and rope, was opened in 1920 with Wilson and Sons as managers. The plant em ployed about 20 men. One of the first farmers to grow hemp for the company was Thomas Wishart.
Also established around this time was a brick yard, by Peter Whimster. Employing 25' men, the yard had a maximum daily production of 20,000 bricks. Located west of the city, it operated for only a year.
THE CYCLONE OF 1922
Wednesday, June 21st, 1922, was a momentous day in Portage la Prairie.