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JAMES and EDWARD SCOTT: Came to Manitoba in 1873; were pioneer homesteaders 8 miles northwest of Portage la Prairie.

WILLIAM STAIT SR.: Came to the Portage Plains in 1873 and traded a team of horses for a quarter section of land. Later, he brought his wife and family from Fort Garry to the homestead in a covered wagon. They recorded spending a day and a night with their wagon stuck in a slough en route!

R. G. T. SIMPSON: Came to Portage in 1880 and made quite a name for himself for the beautiful flowers and trees he grew on his farm north-east of Portage la Prairie. He was also credited with being a good and successful farmer.

THOMAS SISSONS SR.: Located at Portage la Prairie in 1871.

The land he settled on has been farmed by his descendants ever since.

THOMAS SISSONS JR.: Came to Manitoba with his parents in 1871, and knew the pioneer life of which he became a part. He was the father of a family of nine of which a daughter, Melrose, was called to the Bar of the Province; Bonnie, with a Bachelor of Science and Home Economics Degree; Albert, a Veterinary Surgeon; Garfield, the diploma course at Manitoba Agricultural College, and Lynn, an artist. A fifth generation is residing on the original farm at this time.

W. F. SMITH: Farmed north of Portage from 1873 until 1899. JAMES A. SMITH: Came about 1874 and farmed near Portage la Prairie until 1899.

EDWY WILLIAM SNIDER: Settled at Portage la Prairie in 1879. Seven members of his family formed the major part of the first brass band west of Winnipeg. He was a leading factor in many improvements made in the settlement, and each of his family have been a credit to our country since the early days.

JOHN SUTHERLAND: A pioneer farmer of 1878. Parish lot 53 was the legal description of his land.

THOMAS SWALES: Built the first frame house between Por­ tage and Lake Manitoba in 1879 on a farm 3 miles north of Portage.

JAMES THOMSON: Arrived in Portage in 1880 as an employee of the Hudson's Bay Co. Later he was promoted to manager, then transferred to Calgary in 1885.

WILLIAM THOMSON: A pioneer of 1878 who settled six miles northwest of Portage la Prairie.