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Crop yields were reported as excellent but farmers weren't too happy. The Canadian Cooperative Wheat Pool announced a cut from $1.00 to 85c for initial payment for No. 1 Northern wheat.
The city tax rate was set at 14 mills, a reduction of one mill from the 1927 levy. The rate for farm lands was 25 mills and the business tax set at 12Y2 per cent.
The Woods farm north of Portage was the scene of excitement when two airplanes landed and made ready for the last lap of an air race to Winnipeg. [. H. Hally in an Avion biplane recorded 105 mph to win the overall race from Moose Jaw to Winnipeg.
Radio broadcasting station CKY went on the air with the first radio broadcast over the Manitoba Government station CKY. Congratulations were received from Vancouver, Montreal, New York anTI T .os Angeles. The first radio sets in homes were equipped with earphones.
The Old Age Pensions Act was proclaimed law by the govern ment of Manitoba and approved applicants started receiving monthly cheques of $20.00. Pensions were restricted to British subjects who had resided in Canada a minimum of 20 years, and whose annual income did not exceed $365.00.
Advertisements in the early '20s were inserted in the local paper by A. L. Alton V.S., Noble Johnson (Draying, Cartage and Furniture Moving), Dawes & Treffry (the same), Irwin Bros. (Horse & Motor Cartage and Wash and Pack Ice), McKay & Lisson (Tin smithing and Heating, Sheet Metal Work, etc.) J. W. Ramie (Plumb ing & Heating), Harry Street (the same), Rabkin Bros. (Hay for Sale), Johnston's Garage, Riach & Co., Tailors and L. Remey (Hail and Fire Insurance Agent).
The 'Roaring '20s' was a happy, prosperous period m the lives of Portagers. Happy, that is, until October 24, 1929, when the bottom fell out of the stock market, which was the forerunner of dire days ahead.
Previous to this, no-one seemed to give too much thought to the reason why literally hundreds of men were seen riding in, and on top of, the box cars of long freight trains on the railroad. They were considered "Hoboes" or "Tramps". Actually they were men who were eager and willing to work, and were scouring the country anxious for an opportunity to prove it. Many of them were op timistically hoping they could earn a few dollars to send home to their families.