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shores of Lake Manitoba that Dad started calling "Koko Platz" (Platz being German for 'place'). Later on he bought it and Arden and John were born there, and all our lives we have talked of Koko Platz. So, for sentimental reasons we named this residential area in Portage 'Koko Platz'."

Situated on the south side of Crescent Lake, in park-like sur­ roundings, the 96 home owners enjoy holiday facilities the year around. Boating on the lake in the summer time, and skidooing on the lake in winter are parts of it. Parties and dances in a recreational centre, and skating and ball games are thoroughly enjoyed by young people; while older folks bar-b-que on spacious back lawns or take leisurely strolls along the landscaped lake shore, a few feeding the beautiful Canada geese that enjoy sanctuary there.

A school for little ones is located on Roe St. Yes, the street WAS named after Tommy Roe, whom so many still remember.

Mrs. Archie Lyon who nursed Tommy Roe during the latter days of his life remembers him as a sentimental man. He had a dog he loved and longed to see. Such visitors were not allowed in the hospital of course. Mrs. Lyon made a dying man happy by smuggling the pet in, wra pped in a raincoat.


It was our original intention to include a history of each of the clubs and organizations in Portage la Prairie in this book. However, as you can see by scanning the long list which follows, it is impossible to do so in a book of this size. Only the ones deemed the most important to the health and welfare of everyone, regardless of race, color, creed or affiliation are being used. It is regrettable that a few who should be included in the above category have not submitted material.


Assiniboine Lodge No.7

Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks B'nai B'rith Lodge No. 1689

Canadian Order of Foresters

Court la Reine

Eastern Star (Electa Chapter) Ruth Rebekah Lodge