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for a time, Minister of Public Utilities (1961-1963) and appointed Attorney-General and Minister of Tourism and Recreation July 22, 1966 and Nov. 27, 1967.

We are honored to have Mrs. Rufus Lyon, Hon. Sterling Lyon's Mother, still with us in Portage la Prairie.


From the Daily Graphic, April 3, 1922, we learn something noteworthy about another Portager. It says, Quote - "Authorita­ tive private despatches from Ottawa state that Brigadier-General Dan Ormond of Portage la Prairie, has been scheduled to succeed Com­ missioner A. Bowen Perry as Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police."

Daniel M. Ormond came west to make his home in Portage la Prairie in 1888 and was employed in the Land Titles Office for some time.


Industrial Training School

The present lurge three-storey school building and the former large Institutional Building were built about 1899. The school build­ ing housed a norma I schoo I for teacher training for a short period of time. The main building housed some old men and many mental­ ly retarded boys, some "juvenile delinquents", and a number of desti­ tute foundlings, and Children's Aid wards.

From 1910 to ] 912 the Superintendent was Rev. Wellington Bridgeman who received a monthly salary of $100.00. On his staff were an Assistant Superintendent, a Matron and an assistant, two teachers, a clerk, two guards, two engineers, a gardener, a carpenter with four assistants, a blacksmith, a tailor, a seamstress, a laundress, a housemaid, a dairymaid, a cook, a farmer and two assistants. Twen­ ty seven people for a boy count varying from 63 to 146. As an in­ dustrial training school, they had a tailor -shop, shoemaker shop, instructors for gardening, power-house foreman, carpentry, black­ smithing, baking, cooking, farming and sewing. Mr. W. H. Rutledge was farm instructor in 1912.

Mr. John Weir was Superintendent from 1912 to 1916. The salary had gone up to $150,00 per month by this time. A contract