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On November 28, 1886, the Winnipeg Free Press reported that there were 352 pupils enrolled in the public schools in Portage la Prairie, and the average daily attendance at these schools was 223. At the end of December, 1966, 3343 pupils were enrolled in the Portage la Prairie School System, 2206 pupils in the elementary schools and 1137 pupils in the two high schools. On staff were 138 teachers under the supervision of A. L. Stevens, appointed Superintendent of Schools en August 1, 1966.

The architectural design of the building is not adopted by con­ tractors today. This school was destroyed by fire after serving as a solid seat of learning for over SO years.

Health, Welfare, And Organizations Connected With Them Are Very Importan t In Portage la Prairie.


A fellow, upon being asked by a psychiatrist who he considered the most important person in the world, 'hemmed and hawed' and then named an illustrious personage. The psychiatrist said, "No. You are the most important person in the world to yourself. You don't feel a pin prick in a President or any misfortune that may befall him, but you yell, "Ouch," or sob when similar things happen to yourself. Now, who do you consider next in importance to yourself?"

The patient, not wanting to be wrong a second time, made rapid, anxious guesses, "My mother? My father? My sister? My brother?" "No," said the psychiatrist, "but your guesses are logical when you have never known a serious illness."

For anyone who has ever had the misfortune to have had a serious ailment there is no hesitation in answering the second question. The answer is, of course, your own special doctor; the man who keeps you ticking so that you can be number one on your own mental totem pole.

Portage la Prairie has been, and still is, blessed by the services of conscientious medical men; several of them having had many years of experience in medicine and surgery.

It is only fitting that these men, who brought many Portagers into the world and who have saved the lives of many who are with us today, should have a special place in the history of our community. It is regrettable that space and time doesn't allow a story on each of their interesting lives) but recording their names for posterity is our historical salute to them.