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E., and Dr. L. E. Asselstine, 72 Tupper St. S., are indicative of the need for this service in our city and the worthwhile duties that these men are performing.


Praise is long overdue veterinary surgeons. We don't have all the names of the ones who practised in our midst, and who each deserve a bouquet for the necessary and valuable services performed by them. We do know, however, that livestock and pets have always played an important part in our lives, and that, without veterinaries, we would have suffered loss in one way or another.

Dr. Andy Alton was one of the pioneer veterinary surgeons.

During his time he travelled over bad roads, in all kinds of weather, in a cutter, buggy, and later in one of the first model cars, to care for animals on farms in out-of-the-way places. Cold barns were his operating theatres, a dim lantern was his only light, and the owner of the animal was his only assistan t.

Weare now in an age of better roads, and more comforta bIe and speedier modes of transportation, and the old coal-oil lanterns have taken their places among the relics of by-gone days. However, as it was in the olden days, so it is today, that veterinary surgeons must go to their patients at any time of the day or night and in all kinds of weather. The time has not yet come when these doctors can demand that a cow or a horse be brought to an office for an examination!

Many will remember Dr. John Arbuthnott who came to Portage la Prairie in 1941 and resided here until just a few years ago. He was a man, dedicated to his profession, who understood the problems of livestock owners who were trying to get back on their feet after the 'dirty thirties'.

Dr. J. S. Thomson, 62 Royal Road North, and Dr. George A.

Schwesinger, 1000 Saskatchewan Ave. West, are our present capable veterinary surgeons.


There comes a time in latter days of man When years add up to near a life-time's span; Still active though he may appear to be,

He dreams of peace, rest, and security.

Peace from the shrieking sounds of busy life;