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Such a man was the Rt. Han. Arthur Meighen, who went all the way in his chosen profession - to the prime ministership of Canada.

This prairie city has also produced a premier for our province, sports personalities, and men who filled judicial posts with great distinction, as well as others who have achieved fame in other, less public walks of life.

The following is a capsule summary of the achievements of some of Portage's sons. It is impossible, in, limited time, to give a broad picture of their background and achievements, much as we would like to include such interesting information. Many notable people may not be mentioned due to lack of information.

We hope the following will, at least partially, illustrate some of the important contributions that have been made by people we have been proud to claim as "Portagers",


Canadian Who's Who, of 1910, has this to say about Hon.

Hugh Armstrong: (Quote) - "Provincial Treasurer for Manitoba; born in New York in August 1858; came to Canada with his parents in 1860, and educated at Richmond, Ontario; married 1885, Mary, daughter of Henry Younghusband, of Carleton Co., Ontario. Settled in Portage la Prairie in 1886, and engaged in fish export industry.

Elevated to Manitoba Legislature for Woodlands, at g.c., 1892; resigned 1896, to contest Selkirk for H. of C., but unsuccessful; elevated to Manitoba Legislature by accl. for Portage la Prairie, Feb. 7, 1902; re-elected at g.e. 1903 and 1907.

Recreation: travel.

Address: Portage la Prairie, Manitoba."


Harry Leader is another Portager who has left a lasting imprint on Canadian politics. He holds a double distinction: as well as serving as M.P. for Portage la Prairie for fifteen years (1930-1945), he was also the first Manitoba-born reeve of the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie (1913-1914).

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Leader, travelled via wagon train from their former home in Fort Garry, and settled a few miles west of Portage.