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A Message From The Mayor

I cannot help but feel that there could be no more appropriate way for the City of Portage In Prairie to celebrate Manitoba's Centennial than by the publishing of this book. In this book, the past hundred years and the story of our history and heritage have been recorded. The people and the happenings of the past have all been drawn together in stories that tell of the making of the City that we have today. It is important that people know the history of days past, and to know about the people and the events that were involved in the past, so that we might better understand our growth and development to the present time.

The City of Portage la Prairie has been most fortunate in having a person such HS Mrs. Anne M. Collier accept the assignment of writing this book. Mrs. Collier has previously been recognized for her work in the past, in winning the "Margaret McWilliams Medal" (a Manitoba Historical Society award) for her book entitled "A Rear View Mirror". We gratefully acknowledge the time and talent spent on our book.

I commend this book to all citizens, near and far, for their reading enjoyment.

W. A. Linden, Mayor, City of Portage la Prairie