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To test the strength of the walls, before the big windows were put in place, seven men stood in a rowan each window sill!

This church, situated on the corner of Royal Road South and Duke Avenue served the Baptist congregation well, until Aug. of 1967 when it was vacated and soon demolished by the Manitoba Telephone Co. who erected a building to suit their purpose.

The members of First Baptist Church bought lots on the corner of 3rd St. S.E. and Dufferin Ave. and a new church was built on this site, and was dedicated on Sunday, December Ist, 1968.

The new church, which is shown here, will be compared, with in terest, by architects, wi th the design of the one shown on the previ­ ous page.

Rev. John A. Har­ vey has been the pastor during the time of building the new structure to the

First Baptist Church - 1968 present time (l969).

Mr. Dmytro J akymeczko, in a brochure titled "A History of the Ukrainian Community of Portage la Prairie" deserves credit for recording church history which is interesting as well as edifying. It is regretable that, due to time and space, we must confine the informa­ tion relevant to churches to the most important parts of submitted material.

The "Introduction" in the brochure, by Marion Makarchuk, says, "From the village of Hleschava, province of Ternopilh, came the first Ukrainian pioneer to the Portage area, Mr. Peter Goodz, in 1899."

Shortly after the arrival of Mr. Goodz, more Ukrainian families came here, and one, Dmytro Olynyk, has the honor of having the first Mass held in his home on Second Street. He was also the gentleman who donated lots on which the first church was built.

Mr. Jakymeczko says, "A Parish was organized and the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built, 1905-1907, on Second St. where Prosvita Hall now stands. The Parish consisted of about 15 families, and the organizer was Father Mathew Hura.

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