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A TRIBUTE TO OUR PIONEERS

We are fortunate indeed, in this year of 1970, to still be able to see faces of pioneers as they walk a street or en ter a store. You recognize them by their skin which seems to be made of some durable kind of leather; by lips that can still smile even though life has held many trials and tribulations; and you recognize them by the bright faith that still shines out of their eyes, depicting the courage that held them through the struggle.

The pioneers we see are not the faces of the first settlers, but the faces of sons and daughters of the first settlers; sons and daugh­ ters who helped their parents and therefore, can be classified as pioneers too. It's an honor and a privilege to know these people, and it's an honor and a privilege for merchants to have the opportunity to serve them. We, as younger citizens of Portage la Prairie, are honored when ladies and gentlemen of yesteryear say, "Hello", when they meet us on the street. May their years of labor and self-denial, by which we have benefited, never sink into oblivion.

In memory of the departed ones, who turned the first furrow, we bow our heads in humble reverence; to the sons and daughters, who carried on where their parents left off, we gratefully acknowledge your contributions toward the development of our country; and to the grandsons and granddaughters of the first settlers, we extend our praise for the progress in which you have been instrumental.

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE

It's a little, but very old city,

And a well known place in the west; A place not deserving of pity,

Because it has met every test.

It's a place where ox carts were common When streets were only a mire;

A place that faced up to its problems, And came through many a fire.

It's a place where pioneers pondered The best spot to settle upon;

A place where the Indians wandered, And a place where great deeds were done.

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