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ful blossoms add much to the overall appearance of OUf attractive little city.

In 1968, in the annual Horticultural Society's home grounds competition for grounds over 66 feet, the winners were: lst - Dr. G. M. Black, 2nd - Mrs. J. W. Sherritt and 3rd - Mrs. W. Crealock.

For grounds under 66 feet, the winners were: Dr. D. Sharpe, L. J. McDougall and Mrs. L. Tait, in that order.

For flower gardens, the winners were: Dr. D. Sharpe, Mrs. J.

  1. Sherritt, L. J. McDougall and J. Hilland.

Winner of the vegetable garden competition was L. J. McDougall with J. Hilland, J. L. Smith, J. H. Burtonshaw and Mrs. N. McLeary the runners up.

L. J. TVIcDougall also captured first prize for his lawn. Other winners in the lawn competition were Mrs. Glen McDougall, Z. Brazauska, J. Hilland and J. Bobick.

Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Gould of Edwin won the farm home grounds competition. Runners up were Mr. and Mrs, R. G. Thomson of rural route 3, and Mr. and Mrs. G. Patterson of Edwin.

The Horticultural Society's competitions, along with the names of the winners, are mentioned here because in each class the winner must have shown exceptional ability to produce winning results. Homes that do not have well-kept lawns and a few flowers are in the minority.


The history of publishing a newspaper in Portage la Prairie goes back to 1876, when the few pioneers who had settled here eagerly awaited the weekly publication.

The Marquette Review was founded at that time by Thomas Collins, who later became the first mayor of the town of Portage la Prairie.

During the 1800s we see a variety of names at the top of the newspapers: Marquette Review & Portage Times; Weekly Tribune & Marquette Review; The Weekly Review; The Manitoba Liberal; The Evening Item (Published by the Liberal Printing Co. in 1895); and The Daily Graphic. (There could be more, of which we are uninformed. )