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occurrence for freighters going into Winnipeg to have included in their load on the trip hack a trumpet, trombone, or a big horn of some sort.

Indoors the practice periods must have rattled the rafters, and Mrs. Snider must have had nerves of steel, or have been as keenly interested in the band as her husband.

The band gre\v in size and popularity and played an important part at sports days, ba II games, picnics and other occasions. When the railroad got wi thin a few miles of Portage in 1880, this band went out to the end of the steel and played a concert at a huge community picnic.

We do not know if the picture which we show here is the Snider band or one tha t succeeded it, or if any of the original band arc in it. vVc do know however, that it is a very old picture and that the latter supposition is possible.

The names on the back of this picture were blurred, and some obliterated with age. A few that are faintly disccmable are: Murphy, Purvis, Bailey, Black, Dodimead, Campbell, Williams and Walker. Does anyone recognize a grandfather or great-grundfuther here?

At a time when history wasn't important to many people, Portage was best known as the home of "The Band". For miles around this band spelled success for any festivity planned. They were much in demand at Twelfth of July celebrations in Brandon and travelled to such 'far away places' by train.