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country who couldn't afford gasoline, hitched a horse to their car and called it a "Bennett Buggy".


No-one travelled into southern Manitoba. or west to Saskatch­ ewan in the '30s unless they really had to, because it was in those places that "Dirty Thirties" applied most. Never before, or since, have those areas experienced such depredation. It was useless to try to fight the wind that was sending the good top soil from their farms skyward, leaving dust dunes that buried machinery and suffocated livestock. It was impossible to plant anything, even a little garden. And it was useless to leave the farm to try to find work. So it was in those places that the people suffered the greatest hardships in the 'dirty thirties'.

The Portage Plains was paradise in comparison. Grain grew, the grass was green, vegetable gardens flourished, hay for animals was plentiful, and the only hardship was in having to get along on very little money. Much of the bountiful blessings of the land in Portage was sent in carloads to the unfortunate people in the 'dust­ bowl.'

It was a time of sharing and many people look back on it, for that reason, as something precious lost. One woman said, "Every­ one fel t they should have cake or cookies or something sweet to serve to the pastor of their church when he called, and if it was an unexpected call one of the children was quietly sent out the back door to see if a neighbor could donate something! The favor was always returne~ when needed."

It was a time when patches on pants were not noticed unless for the neat stitching; when shoemakers made more money half­ soling than shoe salesmen did selling; when clothing became dusters and ended their usefulness as braided mats; when 10c packages of dye brightened curtains on kitchen windows after spring cleaning; when 2Sc worth of steak would feed a family of five; when you could enjoy almost any entertainment in Portage for 3Se, and we could go on and on. It was also a time when the word 'million' was used very rarely, and then merely to mention the germs on a $5.00 bill!

On March 20, 1939, Trans-Canada Airlines made its initial passenger flight, with a full crew aboard, from Ottawa to Sea Island in 17 hours and 20 minutes. This flight was sponsored by T.C.A. prior to inauguration of the regular passenger flights which started April 1st.